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Best cheap Xbox controller deals in January 2022

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A cheap Xbox controller is one of the best Xbox One accessories you can pick up. Not only will you have a spare for when your main driver runs out of juice, but you'll always have gamepads to hand if you fancy some couch play as well. However, some of the more premium Xbox controllers can get a little pricey, so it pays to do a little deal hunting and find some of the best discounts around. 

That's why we've got our price comparison software on the job of finding a bargain. Not only are we rounding up all the best gamepads you should be getting your hands on, but we're also bringing you the cheapest Xbox controller deals on the web right now. These prices are updated every half an hour for the absolute best savings available today, so whether you're after a cheap multiplayer stand-in or a super customizable pro device you'll always get the best deal possible. 

These cheap Xbox controllers are all compatible with both Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S. That means you'll be able to grab all the latest features even if you're still rolling with the previous generation. Many Xbox Series X bundles pack these extra gamepads in for a higher price, but if you've managed to scoop up a console by itself you'll find all the latest discounts just below.

The best cheap Xbox controllers

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1. Xbox Core Wireless controller

The new Xbox Series X controller is also compatible with the Xbox One, so if you're looking for a more comfortable grip, textured triggers, and a hybrid D-pad on the previous generation, you're in luck. You're getting a far more ergonomic experience with the new redesign, and prices are often a little lower than the previous model as well. 

Not only that, but the new share button will work across both generations as well. With the Xbox Series X came a new generation of the best Xbox controllers. This is still a AA battery operated piece of equipment, but the new play and charge kit also offers up USB-C charging as well. 

2. PowerA Enhanced Wired Xbox Controller

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If you don't want to break $40 you can still pick up an excellent cheap Xbox controller. The PowerA Enhanced series offers plenty of different color options as well as compatibility across both Xbox One and Xbox Series X. That's perfect if you're after a quick stand-in, or a more affordable third player gamepad. 

You're also picking two additional buttons which can easily be remapped, dual rumble motors, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Share button and volume dial built in. That means all the functionality of the new Series X controller with a much lower price tag. The main sacrifice here is that wired connection, though.

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3. Xbox One Wireless Controller

Want a standard, 'normal', no-fuss Xbox One controller? This is it. The wireless handset pictured above is just like the one packaged with every Xbox console, and we've rustled up the best deals for it below.

Because Microsoft are unmatched when it comes to alternate designs, we've been sure to include a variety of different colors and patterns as well. All of them are compatible with the Xbox One console and other Xbox One accessories you might have.

Just remember, you'll need a pair of AA batteries or a Play and Charge Kit to power your shiny new controller. You'll find more info on the latter further down the page, accompanied by the lowest prices available.

To see what different controller options are in stock at the moment, click on the relevant drop-down in the widget below.

The best pro Xbox controllers

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1. Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

The best Xbox pro controller

Specifications
Features: Adjustable thumbsticks, alternate d-pads, back paddles, superior grip, shorter hair-trigger locks, charging dock built into carry case
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Excellent, industrial design
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Programmable buttons
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Additional rear buttons
Reasons to avoid
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Expensive

The Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 is Microsoft’s all-singing, all-dancing ode to the competitive scene. As a follow-up to the already-brilliant Elite Controller, this peripheral had the odds stacked against it; the original was perfect already, so why invest in a new one? The Elite Series 2 gives more than a few reasons.

To begin with, it has a new trigger, bumper, and handle design built for superior grip. This is followed by three built-in custom profiles, increased battery life, Bluetooth functionality, and a detachable charging dock that's built into the controller's carry case. Like its predecessor, it’s highly adaptable as well; both thumbsticks and the D-Pad can be replaced with performance-targeted alternatives, the shoulder buttons can be fine-tuned with a hair-trigger lock that shortens travel, 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. You're also paying for improved performance - this handset will have you reacting faster than you ever could on a standard Xbox One controller. Note: Microsoft has stopped making the series 1 version now, so this is the Elite one to shop for.

Read more: Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 review

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2. Razer Wolverine Ultimate

The best third-party pro controller

Specifications
Features: Interchangeable thumbsticks and d-pads, 6 extra buttons, quick-control panel, hair-trigger locks, Chroma lighting, instant-input face buttons
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Reliable Razer build
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Interchangeable thumbsticks and d-pads
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Onboard media controllers
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Wired connection only

Hardware giant Razer throws its hat into the pro controller ring with the Wolverine Ultimate. Like everything else they do, it's of the highest quality and earns the larger price tag.

Boasting fancy Chroma lighting that changes while you play, interchangeable thumbsticks and d-pads, four back buttons so you don't have to reach for the face buttons, and two extra shoulder buttons, it aims to have everything in reach without you needing to lift your thumbs from the sticks. The face buttons are super responsive too by ditching the squishy buttons of old for a very satisfying click with minimal travel. 

It’s aggressively targetting Microsoft's latest Elite Series 2 controller with similar pricing and features and the Wolverine Ultimate justifies that by giving you the undeniable precision, quality, and pizazz of the Razer brand.

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3. Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition

A cheaper Wolverine Xbox One controller

Specifications
Features:: Remappable controls, 4 extra buttons, hair-trigger locks, Chroma lighting
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Excellent to hold
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Rear paddles tucked away nicely
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Limited customization for such a high price
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Stiff face buttons

The Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition is priced around $119/£119 so we’re holding it to a higher standard of testing, especially against the excellent Wolverine Ultimate which is packed with features, albeit at a higher price too.

The Wolverine Tournament Edition feels great in the hands and we love the extra shoulder buttons. Equally pleasing is the way the two rear paddles are tucked away modestly enough to ensure accidental touches are kept to a minimum and you don’t have to adjust your usual grip to use them, they’re just...ready. You’ve also got the lockable trigger switches from the Ultimate so you can have less travel on LT/RT too if you want.

However, the lack of swappable analog sticks and d-pads is disappointing for this price. As is the lack of an on-board button to change button mapping on the fly without having to revert back to the Xbox app. The face buttons are really stiff too, with a heavier and longer touch required compared to the instant reactions of the Wolverine Ultimate and even the standard Xbox One controller. We’d wait for a lower sale price, or better yet if your budget will allow it, pick up the excellent Razer Wolverine Ultimate we mentioned earlier in this guide instead.

Play and Charge Kit

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If you’re fed up of burning through disposable AA batteries for your controller, the Play and Charge Kit will become your new best friend. This handy accessory gives you up to 30 hours of wireless play, and it's rechargeable to ensure longevity.

It's easy to use, too. Simply slot it into the AA battery slot on the back of your controller and away you go. When it starts to run low on juice, just plug in the cable provided and carry on playing. 

Basically? The Play and Charge Kit is an essential purchase if you’re new to Xbox One.

Are cheap Xbox controllers compatible with PC?

Is the Xbox 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. 

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.

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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.

If you're after more gear, we're also rounding up all the best Xbox steering wheels available now, and showing you how to find Xbox Series X restocks and Xbox Series S bundles if you're still without the current-gen console. Of course, we're also showing you all the latest Xbox Live deals and the best Xbox Series X external hard drives as well. 

Tabitha Baker
Tabitha Baker

I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, keyboards, mice, and the quest for an RTX gaming laptop.