If you want the very best Xbox One controller, you need to get yourself the Elite.

The best

Xbox Elite Controller

Xbox Elite Controller

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If you want the cream of the crop, you want the Xbox One Elite Controller. It's the same overall design at the regular controller, which is more than OK, but it's just, well, better.

Everything has been upgraded. The thumbsticks are removable, as is the D-pad, and can be replaced with different options depending on your preferences for the games you play. There are four additional paddles on the back, configurable firing mechanisms, and custom button mapping with the Xbox Accessories app for Xbox One and Windows 10.

The materials are as close to wear resistant as Microsoft can get, and once you hold one next to a regular controller, the differences are clear, and astounding. Microsoft studied pro-gamers to create the Elite and produce a product to fit their needs.

Bottom line: The best console controller made even better.

One more thing: Gradually more third-party accessories are becoming available to brighten up the look.

Why the Xbox Elite Controller is the best

Microsoft nailed the design of the Xbox One controller. It's comfortable to use for long periods, sturdy, and has great feel to it. But like all things it has a lifespan, and the more serious gamers can wear them out fairly quickly.

It's hard to imagine anyone making a better controller

Then comes the Elite. Microsoft worked alongside professional gamers to design this controller, which keeps the same great design, but improves just about everything else. The sticks are removeable and more durable, as is the D-pad. There are now paddles on the rear which can be mapped to any button on the controller using the companion app for Xbox One and Windows 10. The whole thing is covered in a soft-touch finish, there are hand-grips and there are trigger stops.

Some may look at the price tag and declare there's no way a controller is worth that much. And that's fine. But to the people willing to pay this sort of money, the Elite Controller is the very best around. It'll last many years longer than a regular controller and is packed with serious, eSports defined features. It's hard to imagine how anyone could make a better controller.

Build your own

Scuf Infinity 1

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Scuf is a brand familar to serious and pro-gamers and was producing modified versions of the Xbox One controller before Microsoft got close to launching the Elite. The same basic shape to the original controller is kept but that's about it.

On the rear are four removable paddles, though unlike the Elite they're all straight, as well as having trigger stops installed. The thumbsticks are upgraded and replaceable, too, and the Scuf Infinity 1 can be customized in a whole range of absurd colors and designs.

Perhaps better still is that you can send Scuf your own, regular Xbox controller and have a custom job to your liking done on it. If you don't want the paddles, say, but would love the upgraded thumbsticks and the grips, you can do that.

Bottom line: A great pro-grade controller with endless customizations.

One more thing: Scuf is partnering with Microsoft for some Elite controller accessories.

Best Bluetooth

Xbox One Bluetooth controller + Design Lab

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The latest revision of the official Xbox One controller has a tweaked design over its predecessor, like adding more grippy parts on the rear side. Inside there's now Bluetooth, which makes it much easier to connect to a PC for wire-free gaming.

It lacks the total customizability of the Elite Controller, but there are still aspects that can be changed in the Xbox Accessories app. And with the new Design Lab (U.S. only at the time of writing) you can come up with the wild design of your dreams. Choose from a whole array of colors and even get your own Gamertag stamped on it, so forever it shall be yours alone.

Bottom line: Microsoft's newest regular controller is better than it's ever been.

One more thing: Bluetooth means wireless gaming on your Windows 10 PC without a dongle.

Best budget

HoriPad Pro

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The Horipad Pro is an Xbox controller that's perfect for Windows 10 gaming as well as Xbox One, but doesn't cost a ton. This wired, third-party option is officially licensed by Microsoft and has a layout representative of the official Xbox One controllers.

It's a little glossy and something of a fingerprint magnet, but it does have some extra paddles on the rear you can map to give you an edge in your games. It's not quite an Xbox Elite, but it offers some of the features at a fraction of the price.

Bottom line: Additional features at a very attractive price.

One more thing: The HoriPad Pro is only available wired so take that into account when buying.

The best

Xbox Elite Controller

Xbox Elite Controller

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If you want the cream of the crop, you want the Xbox One Elite Controller. It's the same overall design at the regular controller, which is more than OK, but it's just, well, better.

Everything has been upgraded. The thumbsticks are removable, as is the D-pad, and can be replaced with different options depending on your preferences for the games you play. There are four additional paddles on the back, configurable firing mechanisms, and custom button mapping with the Xbox Accessories app for Xbox One and Windows 10.

The materials are as close to wear resistant as Microsoft can get, and once you hold one next to a regular controller, the differences are clear, and astounding. Microsoft studied pro-gamers to create the Elite and produce a product to fit their needs.

Bottom line: The best console controller made even better.

One more thing: Gradually more third-party accessories are becoming available to brighten up the look.