Easily the best pad for PC and Xbox Gaming

After covering 8BitDo’s Pro 2 controller last year, I really thought this was probably the best third-party pad we were going to get for a while. Well, it looks like I was wrong about that.

The 8BitDo Ultimate Wired Controller for Xbox is exactly what you would expect. In that, it’s a fully customizable gamepad with all sorts of extra features, but still retains a great feel when it comes to typing.

First, it uses 8BitDo’s Ultimate Software setup. This means that you can customize the cushion to your liking. From button layouts to individual profiles, you can switch between them on the fly.

Second, you have all sorts of additional controls on the pad itself, options to control game volume through the pad as well as additional inputs underneath.

So for the customization gadgets alone, there’s a lot going on here for a third-party gamepad. However, what really matters here is the feel of the pad in terms of button input and in that respect it does not disappoint.

I’ve played a variety of PC and Xbox games, and I actually prefer this pad over Microsoft’s standard and Elite controllers.

The fact that it is wired also makes using this pad very simple. There is no need to sort out the different Bluetooth connections based on the device you are using. It’s just plug and play and lag-free.

One last thing is that while the Pro 2 controller was and is amazing, it uses a non-standard button layout for things like the PC. There are workarounds for this, but out of the box it’s not really set up for PC or Xbox games.

On the other hand, it is now my gamepad for PC and Xbox games. It’s also surprisingly handy in a game development context, as the customization options are very useful in that environment.

Overall, this is by far the best gamepad for PC and Xbox gaming right now and it costs a fraction of an Elite controller and is also cheaper than the standard Xbox controller to boot. So if you need a great gamepad for PC and Xbox games, and a very affordable controller, then 8BitDo has you covered.

The 8BitDo Ultimate Wired Controller for Xbox is available from retailers like Amazon for $44.99 and is compatible with Windows 10, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One.

Disclosure: 8BitDo sent me this gamepad for the purposes of this review.

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Margie D. Carlisle