Relating to colourful controller designs, Xbox’s recreation has been in style for years. For the reason that Xbox One technology, Microsoft has launched many enjoyable variations on its controllers – together with restricted editions and the Xbox Design Lab – and this momentum has not slowed down with the Xbox Sequence X/S consoles. In the meantime, the lineup of third-party Xbox controllers is extra in depth than ever, and types like PowerA are hitting budget-friendly costs with slick new colorways of their very own, just like the not too long ago launched PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller pastel vary for Xbox and $37.99 and PC.
Introduced in March as a Spring Assortment, these new pastels for the Enhanced Wired line embrace Camouflage Purple, Lavender Swirl, Lemonade Pink, Pastel Dream, and Cotton Sweet Blue. Pink lemonade gave the impression to be the clear winner at first with its modern yellow-to-pink gradient, however now that I’ve seen and handled all 5 colours in particular person, I can formally declare cotton sweet blue as the very best look. It is really a bit extra bluish-greenish sea foam than the title implies, however both manner, it is a daring but mushy monochromatic shade on this controller.
However all 5 pastel designs look nice total, with various use of gradients, mottled patterns and/or two-tone distinction on the back and front, every giving a singular signature. After all, it is a disgrace that these controllers are nonetheless saddled with outdated Micro USB connections, however I will give PowerA some credit score for a minimum of choosing a white removable cable to higher complement the sunshine and ethereal look.
I might nonetheless like to see a model new model of the Enhanced Wired Controller that lastly upgrades to USB-C and perhaps even squeezes just a few extra customizable buttons on the again with out cluttering issues up an excessive amount of. However apart, there’s rather a lot to like in regards to the aesthetics of those vibrant new colorways. The Enhanced Wired Controller has been our high choose for the very best finances Xbox controller cash can purchase, thanks largely to its very cheap worth, whereas capturing the necessities for a wired controller. I am unable to say these new colours make a great factor higher as a result of they’re functionally the identical, however they’re refreshing sufficient to make them really feel improved in a roundabout way.
These cool new pastels at the moment are available at many retailers, and it will not be a shock if they begin seeing their very own reductions and gross sales, like many others in PowerA’s lineup. They’re a bit of breath of recent air on a finances degree, and so they’re a enjoyable addition to a summer season of gaming with new native multiplayer video games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (a great cause to want additional inexpensive controllers because it helps as much as six gamers on Xbox and PC).
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