My favorite controller of last year had one solitary flaw, I couldn't use it on Xbox — well that's just changed, and I've never clicked add to basket so fast

GameSir Kaleid and Kaleid Flux
(Image credit: GameSir)

What you need to know

  • I reviewed the GameSir T4 Kaleid in May 2023, and would have given it a perfect score if I could use it with Xbox.
  • From today, the GameSir Kaleid and Kaleid Flux are available to buy and are both compatible with Xbox consoles.
  • The GameSir Kaleid is $59.99 and closer to the design of my favorite controller, with microswitch ABXY buttons, rainbow lighting and hall-effect sticks.
  • The GameSir Kaleid Flux features golden lighting, and membrane buttons for $46.99.

The day I've been waiting for has finally arrived, my beloved GameSir Kaleid which was my absolute favorite controller release last year, has launched in two brand new Xbox compatible versions. Seriously, I did not shut up about this controller last year, and in my GameSir T4 Kaleid review I said that it would be perfect if only it was compatible with Xbox.

Never the less, I've reached for this controller every time I've played on PC, and now I'll 100% be grabbing the Xbox versions to enjoy with my Xbox console. There are two new editions, having dropped the T4 from the name and relaunching as simply the GameSir Kaleid and GameSir Kaleid Flux, you can grab each of these controllers today from Amazon.

The GameSir Kaleid is the model most closely related to the PC controller I reviewed last year in that it features the same beautiful transparent design, customizable rainbow lighting, and, crucially — the microswitch ABXY buttons and hall-effect sticks which are so satisfying to use. It's currently $49.99 on Amazon. Of course, if you want a quieter feedback controller, there's the GameSir Kaleid Flux which comes with membrane buttons, but packs the same hall-effect tech under the hood for $46.99. The Flux model has a pleasing golden lighting effect rather than rainbow, and both controllers have a slightly different PCB design.

GameSir Kaleid and Kaleid Flux Xbox controllers

The controllers of every 90s kid's dream, the GameSir Kaleids are a range of transparent, brightly lit controllers with options of microswitch or membrane buttons. Both controllers are wired and come with hall-effect technology, assymetric motors, and remappable back buttons. Both links go to Amazon. 

GameSir Kaleid (Rainbow and Mechanical) $49.99

GameSir Kaleid Flux (Golden and Membrane) $46.99

GameSir Kaleid and Kaleid Flux Xbox controllers

The controllers of every 90s kid's dream, the GameSir Kaleids are a range of transparent, brightly lit controllers with options of microswitch or membrane buttons. Both controllers are wired and come with hall-effect technology, assymetric motors, and remappable back buttons. Both links go to Amazon.

GameSir Kaleid (Rainbow and Mechanical) $49.99

GameSir Kaleid Flux (Golden and Membrane) $46.99

Why did I love the GameSir Kaleid PC controller so much?

The GameSir Kaleid for Xbox is similar to the GameSir T4 Kaleid I reviewed and loved last year (Image credit: GameSir)

On the surface, the GameSir just looks like a pretty controller, but what I loved most was the feel of it to use. GameSir makes impeccable quality controllers at this lower price point, and those microswitch buttons and smooth sticks really have to be felt to be believed. For that reason, I'd recommend the Kaleid over the Kaleid Flux, but for reference, here's a comparison between them: the GameSir G7 SE, which we also gave a favorable review, and the GameSir T4 Kaleid. You'll notice that as well as being compatible with Xbox, the Kaleid and Kaleid Flux have 2 extra rumble motors for even more precise feedback from your games. 

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Header Cell - Column 0 Kaleid / Kaleid FluxG7 SET4 Kaleid
ConnectivityWiredWiredWired
CompatibilityXbox/PC/SteamXbox/PC/SteamPC/Steam/Android/Switch
TriggersHall effectHall effectHall effect
Trigger modesAnalog/HairAnalog/HairAnalog/Hair
SticksHall effectHall effectHall effect
Face buttonsKaeild - Microswitch | Flux - MembraneMembraneMicro switch
Back buttons2 programmable back buttons2 programmable back buttons2 programmable back buttons
6-Axis GyroNoNoYes
Motor4 rumble motors4 rumble motors2 rumble motors

Both of these new controllers are, yes, unfortunately wired, and we are yet to see a wireless controller from GameSir, which may be a dealbreaker for some. For me as I sit close to my devices anyway, it's not so much of an issue. If you're in the market for a third-party wireless controller for Xbox, there is the Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra, but you'll pay a pretty penny for it. Here's to hoping we get some more budget-friendly versions from GameSir in the future. 

Jennifer Young

Jen is a News Writer for Windows Central, focused on all things gaming and Microsoft. Anything slaying monsters with magical weapons will get a thumbs up such as Dark Souls, Dragon Age, Diablo, and Monster Hunter. When not playing games, she'll be watching a horror or trash reality TV show, she hasn't decided which of those categories the Kardashians fit into. You can follow Jen on Twitter @Jenbox360 for more Diablo fangirling and general moaning about British weather.