84

A (mostly) improved version of the Xbox 360 controller

84

The Xbox One's controller is mostly a refined version of the last-gen gamepad, with the new shoulder buttons being the only real step backward.

Buy It:

$57.75
$59.99

90-Day Price History

now
high
$64
low
$46

Critic reviews

8.9
18 reviews
  • Ergonomics / comfort
    9.1
  • Accuracy / responsiveness
    9.0
  • Durability
    8.0

sort by

User reviews

9.0
8 reviews
8.0
Engadget Nov 20, 2013

Due to both its revered status and ubiquity, then, Microsoft wasn't in a position to drastically change the gamepad here. And that's exactly what this is: not a change, but a refinement.

Read the full review →
9.0
Joystiq Nov 20, 2013

The A, B, X, and Y buttons are similarly M&M smooth and provide solid feedback when depressed. They don't feel luxurious, but effective. More gentle are the new analogue sticks, which maintain the Xbox's asymmetrical arrangement of left stick up high and right stick in line with the lower d-pad.

Read the full review →
9.0
Gizmodo Nov 20, 2013

While it's roughly the same size as an the already fantastic Xbox 360 controller, the Xbox One controller feels more compact, a little heavier, and more solid, all in a way that's utterly fantastic.

Read the full review →
8.0
Ars Technica Nov 20, 2013

Microsoft had its work cut out for it in improving on what is generally considered (by this writer, at least) to be one of the best handheld console controllers ever made. The Xbox One's improves on that design in some ways while leaving some easy potential improvements sitting on the table.

Read the full review →
9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 20, 2013

In the hand, the new controller feels great. It's a refinement of everything that was good before, but it's still very much the Xbox controller you know and love.

Read the full review →
9.0
Polygon Nov 20, 2013

It's a comfortable controller with a good amount of weight, and a great texture not only makes it feel more premium but ameliorates the gross, slippery feel following a long session with the Xbox 360 controller.

Read the full review →
9.0
TechHive Nov 20, 2013

The new controller—which takes the well-loved design of the Xbox 360 controller and refines it further—is terrific.

Read the full review →
9.0
Mashable Nov 20, 2013

How do you improve on something that's nearly perfect? That was the challenge when updating the Xbox 360 controller model, which is widely revered as the best in gaming. The Xbox One controller's small changes go the extra mile to deliver a more comfortable experience.

Read the full review →
8.0
Kotaku Nov 20, 2013

Some of the changes to the controller (the D-pad, the trigger rumble) are clear improvements. Some (the new battery location, the new headphone jack) are minor steps back. And on some (the longer thumbsticks and softer triggers), the jury's still out.

Read the full review →
9.0
T3 Nov 20, 2013

Much has been made of the control pad’s re-design, but believe the hype; this controller is a marked improvement on its predecessor.

Read the full review →
9.0
The Verge Nov 20, 2013

Yet while the Xbox 360 controller was undeniably the gold standard for gamepads and the Xbox One gamepad is even better, the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 gives it a run for its money this console generation. Battery life is much better on the Xbox One’s controller.

Read the full review →
9.0
TrustedReviews Nov 20, 2013

With the best console controller ever made as a foundation, it was unlikely that the Xbox One would run amiss here, but the new Xbox One controller improves on the Xbox 360’s in a number of ways.

Read the full review →
10
HotHardware Nov 19, 2013

The new controllers for the Xbox One look very much like the controllers for the Xbox 360, but there are many refinements under the hood.

Read the full review →
10
Destructoid Nov 21, 2013

While the Xbox One controller looks a bit like the Xbox 360 controller, Microsoft made so many improvements that they seem worlds apart in use. They did an incredible job of tweaking and refining just about every aspect of the Xbox 360 controller.

Read the full review →

First Looks

product preview
Engadget May 21, 2013

If there's one thing we never realized, it's how much time our thumbs spend glued not to the top of the thumbsticks, but to the sides of it. The new texture and thickened edges on the analog sticks add a real grippiness to the sticks.

Read the full preview →
product preview
Gizmodo May 21, 2013

After holding one for a few minutes, I can say officially that the Xbox One controller is very nice. It's just more comfortable.--- But that rumbling. It really does seem like it can add a better immersive experience.

Read the full preview →
product preview
Ars Technica May 21, 2013

The controller did feel more comfortable in my hands, thanks to the lack of a jutting battery pack in the back that can bump against the fingers on the Xbox 360 controller.

Read the full preview →
product preview
Mashable May 22, 2013

That battery move, by the way, makes the whole controller feel much sleeker and actually more comfortable to hold ... Overall, the new Xbox One controller appears to be an impressive piece of engineering and design.

Read the full preview →
product preview
The Guardian May 22, 2013

The new thumbsticks feel really nice. They're smaller in diameter than the Xbox 360 versions and the outside rim is textured (Microsoft refers to this effect as "knurling") so you have a better grip.

Read the full preview →
product preview
Pocket-Lint Aug 22, 2013

Ultimately, we think the firm has done exactly what it needed to. Created a piece of hardware that improves upon the previous generation, but without forgetting what made it great. At least when it comes to the controller, Microsoft has no worries. Perhaps that's a good sign for the console itself?

Read the full preview →
product preview
IGN May 22, 2013

While the changes from the Xbox 360 controller are significant, it clearly respects the legacy and leaves its strongest qualities intact.

Read the full preview →
product preview
Popular Mechanics May 22, 2013

In the hand, it is a more refined object—the seams are moved away from the resting points of users’ fingers and the battery compartment no longer juts out from the underbelly, but is now integrated into the controller body.

Read the full preview →
product preview
TechRadar May 22, 2013

The impulse triggers seem to hold the most promise and potential for putting players that much deeper in the experiences of rearranging zombies' ribcages with melee weapons, roasting trolls with fire balls, and racing across finish lines.

Read the full preview →
product preview
IGN Jun 11, 2013

Microsoft has made a lot of useful tweaks with the Xbox One controller, but haven't made enough significant changes to alienate or upset fans of the Xbox 360 version.

Read the full preview →
product preview
IGN Aug 15, 2013

Microsoft has made the overall surface area of the thumbpads slightly smaller, but implemented texturized edges and a concave surface. The thumbsticks also have a wider range of motion, which affords increased precision.

Read the full preview →
product preview
Destructoid May 21, 2013

I'm glad to see that the form is similar to the Xbox 360's gamepad. From the looks of it, the d-pad has been given a refresh, which absolutely needed to happen. Thank goodness for that.

Read the full preview →
product preview
The Next Web May 21, 2013

I can tell you that the new design has improved the grip significantly. There is more room in the center of the controller for your hands when holding it in the natural grip, and the tips of my fingers are no longer mashed up against the battery casing.

Read the full preview →
product preview
Destructoid May 22, 2013

Again, we have yet to actually play a game with this new controller, but it certainly feels like an improvement over what we already consider the gaming standard.

Read the full preview →
product preview
Game Informer May 21, 2013

The controller feels great overall, and it looks like Microsoft has achieved the critical balance of addressing problems and providing some cosmetic tweaks without introducing new issues.

Read the full preview →
10
WilliamTM WilliamTM

Microsoft have taken the already perfect Xbox 360 controller and improved it in 3 ways. It feels a bit better in your hand. The annoying battery "tumor" sticking out the back of the 360 controller is no longer there. Impulse triggers are awesome in games like Forza 5. Not much more to say...

Read the full review →
7.0
cammc1939 cammc1939

I have smashed my 360 controller countless times and have only found scratches on it, but when i smash the xbox one controller i found only the insides of the controller all over the floor. If they can make the controller more durable to the point where a little fall doesn't break them to pieces...

Read the full review →

How it stacks up

Instantly compare the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller side by side with some of the top devices on Engadget!

Compare these

Other Microsoft controllers / gamepads

Don't forget to check out these other devices by Microsoft, you might find something good!

See all Microsoft controllers / gamepads