Best Cheap Xbox One Controllers – What’re Your Options?

If you’re running an Xbox or PS4 chances are you will have noticed how expensive additional controllers are. Prices range anywhere from $40 to $50 and this makes the price of them rather prohibitive for some. Here we’re going to take a look at some of the best cheap Xbox One controllers you can buy right now…

The Best Xbox One Controllers – Cheap & Premium Options

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Picking The Right Xbox Controller

Microsoft keeps pretty tight control over the price of its official Xbox accessories – and this includes, of course, its Xbox controller. However, for the savvy shopper, there are other options. Most notably, third-party controllers that can be had from anywhere to $30 to $50. Ideal, if you’re just looking for a cheap, spare controller for your Xbox.

The “cheap” Xbox controllers listed above aren’t officially made (or sanctioned) by Microsoft. But they work just fine. And best of all they retail for a fraction of the price of official Xbox One controllers, which can easily hit three figures, as evidenced inside the table. Prior to buying a cheap Xbox One controller, you need to ask yourself three questions:

  1. What will you be using it for?
  2. Is it going to be your main controller or just a spare for when you have friends around?
  3. Do you want it wireless?

Once you have the answer to these questions, you’ll be in a better position to make a decision. For instance, I have four Xbox controllers for my console, but only two of them are official Microsoft ones. The other two are cheap, third-party options (these ones, if you’re interested). I only ever use it when I have friends over.

They’re backups/spares, basically.

They work fine, but I just prefer to use quality, controllers when I’m gaming. I don’t tend to budge on this either, so it’s usually one of my buddies that draws the short straw and gets the cheap Xbox controller whenever we’re all playing together. As a back-up, spare Xbox controller, though, it’s fine. The buttons all feel great and there’s not too much difference between them and the real deal.

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin is a leading UK technology journalist with a focus on consumer tech trends and data security. Renowned for his insightful analysis, Richard has contributed to Sky News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, and CNBC, making complex tech issues accessible to a broad audience.

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