With the gorgeous Phantom White design now up for pre-order, it’s times like these we wish we could get an Xbox One controller cheap. Or cheap-er, anyway. After all, $60/£60 is pricey. Our team of bargain hunters is on hand to find you the best deals around, and they’ve listed great savings on a range of colors and kinds (including competition-ready handsets and Elite units) below.
Today's Best Deal
Xbox One Wireless Controller is $45.10 on Jet (save $15)
Get a classy controller for less.
As a rule of thumb, anything under $45/£45 for base controllers is a good saving (though unusual color-schemes will be more expensive, obviously). Meanwhile, you’re aiming for less than $120/£100 when it comes to a good Elite or Razer deal. Don’t forget a Play and Charge Kit when looking for an Xbox One controller cheap, either; despite taking AA batteries, you’ll burn through these pretty quick. We’d advise grabbing the rechargeable pack instead. It’ll save you cash in the long run.
Want more Xbox One accessories? Head over to our guide on cheap Xbox game deals.
Xbox One Wireless Controller (Black) + cable for Windows is $45.10 on Jet (save $15)
The classic black Xbox One controller (with cable for PC) currently has over $10 knocked off its standard price at Jet.com. View Deal
Xbox One Wireless Controller (White) is $46.88 on Amazon (save $13)
Similarly, the white wireless controller has a similar discount at the moment on Amazon.View Deal
Xbox One Elite Controller is $147.99 at Newegg (save $3)
Go pro with the official (and very fancy) Xbox One Elite Controller, designed specifically for competitive gaming.View Deal
Xbox One Wireless Controller (Gray and Blue) is $49.88 at Walmart (save $14)
This classy alternate color scheme is almost $15 cheaper than normal at Walmart. View Deal
Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition is $109.95 on Amazon (save $10)
Take your competitive gaming to the next level with Razer's answer to the pro controller.View Deal
Xbox One Wireless Controller (Gray and Green) is $49.88 on Walmart (save $14)
Another alternate design is on sale at Walmart, and you can get it for $14 less than usual.View Deal
Xbox One Wireless Controller (Blue) is $49.91 on Amazon (save $10)
Grab a vision in blue for a solid $10 less than you'd pay elsewhere with this Amazon deal. View Deal
Xbox One Wireless Controller (Black) is £43.89 on Amazon (save £6)
Anything off these normally-expensive controllers is welcome, and £6 certainly helps.View Deal
Xbox One Play and Charge Kit (Black) is £16.99 at Argos (save £3)
Keep your controller powered with this rechargeable battery pack for Xbox One, cheaper here than elsewhere online.View Deal
Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition is £99 on Amazon (save 17%)
It may lack the interchangeable thumbsticks and D-Pad of the Ultimate, but this is still an excellent competitive controller.View Deal
Xbox One Wireless Controller (White) is £44.99 on Amazon (save £5)
Deals are scarce for Xbox One controllers in the UK, so if you want a white version for less this is probably your best bet.View Deal
Xbox One Wireless Controller (Black) + Fallout 76 is £49.99 at Currys/PC World
You're essentially getting Fallout 76 for free (or damn close to it) with this deal.View Deal
Xbox One Elite Controller is £109 on Amazon (save $10)
This controller is generally £119 everywhere you look, so £10 off is very welcome. You can also get it in white for £109.View Deal
If you’re fed up of chewing through disposable AA batteries, the Play and Charge Kit is your new best friend. It’ll give you up to 30 hours of wireless play and is easy to recharge - simply plug in the cable provided when you’re getting low and carry on playing. It’s an essential purchase if you’re new to Xbox One.
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Serious about competitive gaming? A pro controller is what you want. With extra buttons and an ergonomic design to help you avoid moving your hands more than is absolutely necessary, they give you a split-second advantage over the competition.
Xbox One Elite Controller
The Xbox One Elite Controller is Microsoft’s all-singing, all-dancing ode to the competitive scene. It’s highly adaptable; both thumbsticks and the D-Pad can be replaced with performance-targeted alternatives, the shoulder triggers can be fine-tuned, and the four back paddles give access to face button inputs without having to move your fingers an inch. It’s expensive, but you’re paying for quality.
Razer Wolverine Ultimate
Hardware giant Razer throws its hat into the pro controller ring with the Wolverine Ultimate. Boasting fancy chroma lighting that changes while you play, interchangeable thumbsticks and D-Pad, four back paddles and two extra shoulder buttons, its aim is to have everything in reach without needing to lift your thumbs from the sticks. It’s more expensive than the Xbox One Elite mentioned above, but the Wolverine Ultimate justifies that by giving you the undeniable precision, quality, and pizazz of the Razer brand.
Is the Xbox One controller compatible with PC? Absolutely. It’s a relatively hassle-free process; you can either plug the controller into a USB port with your charging cable (a standard USB to micro-USB cable), connect via Bluetooth, or use an official Wireless Adaptor for Windows 10. However, be aware that you can only use the Bluetooth function if your controller was made after 2016. How can you tell if it was, though? The newer 2016 model can be seen on the right of the following picture:
Basically, post-2016 models have the Xbox button as part of the main controller ‘face’ (e.g. the plastic around the Xbox button is matte and part of the main shell). Controllers made beforehand feature the Xbox button on a separate, shiny plastic strip that’s connected to the bumpers.
Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10
As discussed above, going wireless on PC with older Xbox One controllers (or PCs without Bluetooth capability) requires the official Wireless Adaptor. This isn’t too expensive and is relatively easy to get hold of. You’ll find the cheapest prices listed here.
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