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Now’s a good time to buy a second Xbox controller for your local multiplayer games – or a livelier-looking replacement for the gamepad you already have. Amazon is selling the Xbox Core Wireless Controller for up to 26% off. The most affordable white model among at $45 (usually $60), but you’ll also see significant savings on the blue, red, and Electric Volt (read: neon green) color variants.
If you own a Xbox Series X or Line WILL, you know what to expect. The Core Wireless Controller largely offers Microsoft’s age-old layout, with just an Elite-style circular directional pad (better for fighting games and some other titles), a share button, and better handle. It’s not as smart as Sony’s PS5-oriented DualSense, but it’s comfortable, offers Bluetooth support, and lasts up to three days on AA batteries. This is clearly the gamepad of choice if you want to use the official design and don’t want to pay a premium for it Elite Series 2.
As you might guess, you won’t get any frills with these gamepads like you do with the Elite or some third-party gaskets. You won’t find replaceable cases or sticks, luxurious feel, or other upgrades that cater to the most dedicated gamers. However, at these discounted prices, the Xbox Core Wireless line is an easy choice when you just need an extra controller for your kids or play sports from time to time.