Just in time for the release of the new Series X and Series S consoles, PowerA also presented matching accessories in the form of the Xbox Series X|S Enhanced Wired Controller. The wired controller was created in close cooperation with the Xbox team and is officially licensed. PowerA promises a major overhaul of the old controller, now offering a diamond texture for better grip, two programmable buttons for advanced gaming features, dual rumble motors, and a volume control wheel.
We’ll find out whether the Enhanced Wired Controller is a good alternative to the controllers from Microsoft in our review. The controller is available in 11 different colors, from simple black or white to camo designs. We have it in the Seafoam Fade color.
|Dimensions||15.6cm x 10.7cm x 6.5cm (W x H x D)|
|Compatibility||Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC|
Scope of delivery
The controller comes in a compact package, which in terms of style and size, resembles the packaging of Microsoft controllers. However, the front can be opened here, so that you have a direct view of the controller, which of course has its advantages, especially in local stores. In addition to the controller, there is a 3 meter USB cable including Velcro and a quick start guide in the box.
The controller is made entirely of plastic, feels very good in the hand and has a quality feel to it. Except for the additional buttons, one is oriented exactly to the original and, apart from the significantly lower weight, because the controller is still 77g lighter than Microsoft’s Wireless Controller with 213g, feels no difference to the original.
Parts of the controller are also textured so that it fits better in the hand. A middle ground between the old Microsoft One and the new Microsoft Series controller has been chosen. A diamond structure is used on the grip, but the rear buttons and triggers have been left out. The sticks, the 8-way directional pad and the buttons can also convince us. Only the buttons on the back rattled a bit when touched lightly. Furthermore, the triggers, which are barely audible on the Microsoft controller, are clearly audible here.
The cable is sufficiently long at 3 meters, not too thin and thus makes a stable impression. We also like the fact that PowerA has thought of a Velcro fastener, with which the cable can be quickly and easily shortened to the optimal length or also better stowed away.