Easily the best pad for PC and Xbox gaming

After reviewing 8BitDo’s Pro 2 controller last year, I really thought it was probably the best third-party pad we’d get for a while. Well, it seems I was wrong about that.

The 8BitDo Ultimate Wired Controller for Xbox is exactly what you would expect. In that sense, it’s a fully customizable gamepad with all sorts of extra features, but retains an excellent feel in terms of input.

First, it uses 8BitDo’s Ultimate Software installation. This means you can customize the pad to your heart’s content. From button layouts to individual profiles you can switch between in the blink of an eye.

Second, you have all kinds of extra controls on the pad itself, from options to control the game volume through the pad and additional inputs below it.

So in terms of customization gimmicks alone, there’s quite a bit going on here for a third-party gamepad. However, what really matters here is how the pad feels in terms of button input and in this regard it doesn’t disappoint.

I played several games on PC and Xbox, and I actually prefer this pad over both the standard and Elite controllers from Microsoft.

The fact that it is wired also makes using this pad very easy. There is no need to figure out the different Bluetooth connections depending 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 great, it uses a non-standard button layout for things like PC. There are workarounds for this, but out of the box it’s not really set up for PC or Xbox gaming.

In contrast, this is now my gamepad for PC and Xbox gaming. It’s also surprisingly useful in a game development context, as the customization options are very useful in that environment.

Overall, this is easily the best gamepad for PC and Xbox gaming right now and costs a fraction of an Elite controller and is also cheaper than the standard Xbox pad to boot. So if you need a great gamepad for PC and Xbox gaming, and one that is very affordable with it, 8BitDo has you really well covered.

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

Disclosure: 8BitDo sent me this gamepad for this review.

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