18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2014
I was using an Xbox 360 controller with my PC games, but when I heard Microsoft finally released drivers for Xbox One controller support I decided to get one and try it out. Being that the 360 controller was already spectacular, I didn't think Microsoft could make a better one. This controller has better triggers, a huge d pad improvement which is helpful for fighting games, more accurate vibration, the home button is in a better spot, and it just looks cooler. If you have an Xbox One I would probably get the controller with rechargeable battery pack. For the PC though I just got the basic controller and a 15 foot USB to MicroUSB cord since there are no wireless dongles yet. It works exactly like the 360 controller with the menu and address buttons acting as the start and select. It works with every game that uses 360 controller support on PC and just shows up as a 360 controller. The only big con I have is without batteries plugged in it loses connection or gets stuck on one button sometimes. I put AA batteries in and the problem appears to have stopped and the controller has more weight for the vibration with the batteries in. For those wondering if they should upgrade from a 360 controller on PC? Unless you play a lot of fighting games I don't think there is enough improvement to justify the price to upgrade at the moment unless you're like me and just have to try it out.
29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
When I heard that the one had a redesigned controller, I cringed. While I had never loved the 360 controller, I had grown very accustomed to it. I was very worried that this new controller would feel awkward in my hands.
I am glad to report that the new controller is different in good ways, and the same in all the right ways.
The new triggers and bumpers have a great feel and are slightly more ergonomic. The edge of the trigger has been eased where your finger wraps around making it a bit more comfortable for extended game sessions. The trigger has slightly less resistance than the old trigger, which I found acceptable, my son is not as big a fan. The sticks feel a bit more precise, but more than anything they feel the same which is a good thing in my book.
The most obvious change to the controller is the battery pack. The battery pack has been replaced with a AA battery compartment. No longer is there a wart on the backside of the controller, which makes it a bit more comfortable. The batteries are a bit more awkward to swap in a rush than a battery pack was, but it is still very manageable.
The new controller is very slightly heavier at 9 7/8 oz vs 9 1/2 oz.
The dpad is now recessed, but feels right.
The location of the X, back and start buttons is a little awkward if you are used to the old controller. Thankfully these are not often used in the heat of the moment and they are generally close enough to where they were to find them by feel.
Checkout my pictures to see the difference in the trigger.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2015
This is an awesome color. We have this and the green edition. My kids love the color on it. But we just got this at best buy yesterday for $64. It's a best buy exclusive color so that's the only place to get it. They had 40 of them on the shelf. You can also order it directly from best buy for $64. At that price it's great. $80 price gouging is horrible. Buy it from best buy and save yourself the money. But this is by far my favorite controller I have for my Xbox one.
136 of 179 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
Ok, first, let me get one thing out of the way.
The xbox 360 controller was probably one of the best, if not the best, gaming pads I have ever had the privilege to use. Even after all these years on market, it never gets old.
Now, the X1 controller is, without a doubt, a new standard in the xbox's line-up of controllers. I have bought this one from gamestop and it's in my home, ready to be played with the xbox one, so this review is a summary of using the controller from all of the events that I have attended (xbox one tours, microsoft store xbox one events, e3, gamescom, etc.) so I have had a fairly lengthy time using the controller. The ergonomics are simply brilliant as the controller fits snugly in your hand and it is a bit smaller and tighter so all the buttons are more easily reachable.
One of the best things about the new controller is the impulse triggers feature. Oh, man. These things are just great. They said that they integrated a whole bunch of tiny rumble parts so that when you shoot a weapon, drive a car, run in a game, etc.- whatever you do in a game will match the action to the rumble feedback for more realism. I tried this out with forza and man, this is a world of difference. This feature alone would warrant this controller 5 stars, but the improved grip on the thumbsticks, the more fluid trigger-to-button layout, and the removal of the battery pack bulge on the back add even more value to this controller.
Now, the last thing I have to mention. The D-pad has been finally fixed. It now rests in a depressed setting at the same location as the x360 controller, but now the D-pad is designed to work flawlessly with fighting games and other games that rely more on the D-pad. I tried this out with killer instinct at one of the events and it worked wonders. Huge, huge improvement over the xbox 360 D-pad (which was just awkward).
Overall, the Xbox One controller is brilliant, already piling more improvements and features on top of an already awesome xbox 360 controller.
The improved D-pad, innovative impulse-triggers feedback mechanism, insanely comfortable grip and ergonomics, and other tiny little things make the Xbox One controller a great new addition to the Xbox family of controllers.
Oh, and that sweet looking Xbox logo at the top looks slick as ever.
Hopefully, my impressions/review helped any of you guys and gals out.
Peace and game on.
51 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
I really enjoy the design and feel of the Xbox One controller. It has all the ease of use as the Xbox 360 controller, and feels about the same if not better in your hands. Its weird the first time you play a game that utilizes the rumble in the trigger and it goes off. Pretty cool.
Only thing that i had to get use to while utilizing the control is the LB and RB buttons have a complete different feel in order to hit them, but once you get use to it you will not have a problem.
33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2015
not comfortable. but fair for the value
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
For some reason reviews for the "Armed Forces," "Call of Duty" controller, as well as the regular black controller + Play and Charge kit, and just the "Play and Charge" kit are all lumped together. This caused me some confusion as I thought the "Call of Duty" controller included the play and charge kit since those reviews dominate this particular controller.
It does not include the play and charge kit. But it is still a great-looking controller and as a dedicated Call of Duty fan for several years I am glad to have it for my Xbox One. The "Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Wireless Controller" does include two AA batteries. And if you already have the play and charge kit, or are going to get one, it works with this controller.
Upon close inspection you might think some of the paint got chipped off the controller in transit - but this is intentional to give it a battle-tested look. I would also suggest checking to see if there is an update for the controller (I do this for all of my controllers from time to time). Here's how:
1) Connect the controller to the Xbox One via micro-USB cable (not included in the "Call of Duty" controller).
2) Connect to Xbox Live. (If you have a Stereo Headset Adapter, make sure that is also plugged into the controller, too).
3) Press "Menu" on your controller and select Settings. Then "System" and select "Controller Update."
The Call of Duty controller comes with a code for an in-game "Supply Drop" that you can redeem from your Xbox One or from the xbox website. You can acquire three different items from the Supply Drop (it's random):
*Orbital Care Package (must be used in your next match)
*Rapid Supply (decreases time until next supply drop)
You can also earn more Supply Drops during gameplay.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2015
I got it in the mail and the box looked like crap and it didn't have the original seal. Beware
95 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
The upgrade from the 360 controller to the XB1 controller isn't as significant as the upgrade from the DS3 to the DS4 controller, but it doesn't need to be. So when people say the DS4 is a better improvement than the XB1 controller is, please take that with a grain of salt - because the changes between the 360 and the XB1 controller didn't need to be that drastic.
I had the ultimate pleasure of playing with the Xbox One at E3, and I have also been playing with it in Microsoft Stores around my area. I simply love the controller. The XB1 controller feels even more natural than the 360 controller, and at one point I completely forgot I was using a new controller because of how naturally fitting it was in my hands - a good thing, I must say.
Thank god the d-pad is better now.. in that it's easier to use. I feel like the d-pad is really cheaply built, though.. which makes me sad. The XB1 controller feels lighter than the 360 controller, and it's probably made of materials that weren't as expensive to mass-produce (yes, I'm saying the 360 controller feels a lot more sturdy than the XB1 controller, but that's also just entirely my opinion, as is this whole "review").
The actual analog sticks feel a BIT smaller than the Xbox 360 ones. I don't know if it's true or not - maybe my fingers got fatter these past few months.
At the end of the day, the controller is very, very comfortable to use. There's no "learning curve," no "adjustment period," no change you need to get used to. Pick it up, turn on your Xbox One, and get going. That's the beauty of it. It didn't NEED any revolutionary changes. The changes it did need to make, however, have finally been made!
Enjoy, everyone! :)
I've become a bit frustrated with the left and right bumpers on the controller. I have big hands, and my fingers almost always rest on TOP of the left and right shoulder buttons. So you can imagine my disappointment when I try pressing them, only to find out I CANNOT press on them from the top. Only being able to click for shoulder buttons from the sides is a huge bummer, and a pretty significant step backwards. I wish this wasn't the case. Docking half a point. 4.5/5
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2015
It looks better than a normal controller though I wouldn't pay more than a normal controller for it. I got it during a sale and think it looks nice though it doesn't add anything different from regular controller add it is just a paint job.