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QuickShot grips make your Xbox One controller 'elite'

The Elite Wireless Controller for Xbox One is the best controller you can buy, but it's expensive. What if you could bring Elite features to a regular controller?

The QuickShot Controller Grips from Bionik make that possible, adding textured grips and trigger locks to any official Xbox One controller.

Installation

Bionik QuickShot Controller Grips Xbox One Installation

The QuickShot controller grips contain two custom grips that can be added to any first-party wireless Xbox One controller (other than the Elite). These aren't some cheap grips that you slip on over the controller. Instead, the QuickShots actually replace the original side grips of the controller and become a permanent part of it.

Before you can install the grips, you must first remove the original grips from the controller. Thankfully, this doesn't involve opening the entire controller. Instead, you just pry the side grips off using the included removal tool. They're held on by six hidden tabs (as indicated in the instructions).

You slide the tool into the crevice between the front of the controller and the side, pop the grip up, and then continue until it has been fully removed. This takes about five minutes for the first grip, and probably a lot less for the second one since you'll know where the tabs are by then.

With the stock grips off, you can put the QuickShots on. They go on fairly easily. You just line them up, snap one side in place, and then do the same for the other. Having installed both grips, they won't ever come off unless you choose to remove them.

Elite features

Bionik QuickShot Controller Grips Xbox One

The QuickShot's two big features are its grips and trigger locks. The grips feature gray rubberized areas with a slightly more pronounced texture than an actual Elite controller. They feel great to hold and improve your grip, making it easier to keep the controller firmly in your hands. Each grip has a Bionik logo at the top of the textured area, but it's quite subtle.

The texture of these grips doesn't extend as far along the back of the controller as an Elite's textured area because the grips only replace the side portions of the controller, not the back. But you'll still get a way better grip and feel than that of a standard controller.

As for the trigger locks, they are orange switches located at the top of the grips, just below the triggers. On an Elite, these would be green switches just outside of the battery pack area. The QuickShot's trigger lock switches are actually easier to see and switch back and forth, so that's a plus.

Normally, an Xbox controller's triggers fully actuate when pressed down at 18 degrees. Enabling the switches will stop the triggers at approximately five degrees – that's 72 percent less travel. This will let you fire non-automatic weapons more rapidly because you don't have to press the triggers down as far. It's not a feature that will benefit every game, but it should be really useful in games such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Final verdict on the QuickShot Controller Grips

Bionik QuickShot Controller Grips Xbox One

The QuickShot Controller Grips are an inventive accessory. They let you add two key features of the Elite controller to any regular Xbox One controller for a fraction of the Elite's price. I expected these would be a slip-on accessory, something fairly disposable. But it turns out, they become a part of your controller and won't come off unless you remove them. I don't have much need for trigger locks myself, but I love the texture the QuickShots give to my regular controller.

The QuickShot Controller Grips are a great way to improve your favorite standard Xbox controller. They retail for $19.99, but Amazon currently has them for $14.99. The grips only come in black. But perhaps if they do well, Bionik will release a white version.

Bonus review: Lynx Power Charging Cable for Xbox One

Bionik QuickShot Controller Grips Xbox One and Lynx Charging Cable

Bionik also sent us a Lynx Power Charging Cable, which is sold separately from the QuickShot. The Lynx features:

  • Premium 10-foot flat cable featuring durable woven shielding and allows for continued play while your controller recharges.
  • Tangle-resistant flat design.
  • 10-foot cable designed to ensure there is no lag.
  • Cable tie for clean storage.

Basically, the Lynx is a really nice 10-foot micro USB cable. You can use it to charge your controllers and other devices. The generous length should make it possible for most gamers to use a controller while charging it. The quality of the cable is very high, and you get a wrap for storage.

The only possible issue with the Lynx is its price. You can find a three-pack of woven micro-USB cables of the same length for $9 to $12 on Amazon (opens in new tab). I can't say those cheaper cables would be as nice or durable as this one, but the option is out there.

Still, if you want an attractive cable of clear quality to match your Xbox controllers, the Lynx won't let you down.

Review samples provided by the manufacturer.

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

26 Comments
  • That's actually a pretty cool place to put the switches. Much easier to get to. I do find that there are a couple of games when you need to switch constantly like Battlefield when you jump in a vehicle etc. Are these compatible with the elite controller?
  • Are there more colors for it? Design lab controllers + quickshot colored grip.. Can't wait to see what people make from these combinations
  • They only come in black. A white option would be smart, though.
  • Won't the white one collect a lot of dust from our ands and turn brown very soon?
  • White controllers retain their color. As long as the grips were made of quality plastic, they'd be fine. Plus, your hands mostly touch the rubberized part of the QuickShots anyway.
  • Seriously has the author of this article actually seen an Elite controller?  Some stupid grips don't make an Elite controller - what about all the extra buttons.  Seriously flawed click-bait/utter rubbish/advertisement article.
  • Chill out. No need to play victim status here. Clearly this is a low-cost way to bridge the average Xbox One controller with some Elite features for just $20. It's a valuable upgrade article that even I found interesting.
  • Yeah
    Chill out mate
  • Really? You checked Paul's previous posts? He really does know his stuff, and frequently offers some fresh angles in his reviews. I reckon that his use of the "" in the title, and lack of capitalisation on "elite" absolve him of blame. I'm quite impressed with these, especially at a pretty good price. The Elite controllers are clearly a whole step up from these, due to paddles and improved sticks etc.
  • Are you sure you understand the article? He has "Elite" in parenthasis. And also says "They let you add two key features of the Elite controller to any regular Xbox One controller for a fraction of the Elite's price".   Trigger locks would be the only reason I would buy an elite.   So, in a sense, he is right.
  • I am not going to defend Satsumo, but the elite controller is a lot more than just trigger locks and rubberized grips. I would not even call those 2 key features, though the trigger locks are very nice. Not only can you re map every button, you have the option to remap the 4 paddles, use a differend D pad, change the sticks to long or short, and with the app have the ability to change the haptatic features and sensativities of each bumper or trigger. There are pre-set configurations by the game developers for some of the games (Halo, Gears, ReCore, Forza) and you can further fine tune the trigger locks to different sensitivities. You can flip between 2 configuartions any time as there is a switch for that on the controller. On top of that, now that I have been using the controller for over a year, they weight is so much different (to me in a positive way). I think the main issues with the Elite controller is the lack of Blu-tooth, and the problem with the bumper design. In no way would I ever convice some one to buy the elite controller, as it is absolute luxury, but for the extreme enthusiast, there is no substitute. My biggest regret is not buying the Gears of War Elite contoller, an absolute waste of money, but a marvelous piece of art.
  • Agreed that the Elite controller is the best there is - it's right there in the firs sentence of the review. :) Can't you remap the buttons on any Xbox One controller now?
  • Of course I've seen an Elite controller - a beautiful one customized with Windows Central colors, much like the regular one used in this review. You should avoid making rude, thoughtless comments in the future. That is not an appropriate reaction to this review.
  • Design labs elite controller? Wow
  • Actually, I had it customized by ColorWare. Check out our review: ColorWare Custom Elite Controller review
  • Nevermind the fact that in many shooters this simply won't work. Being that the trigger often has to be depressed to 100%. One the Elite controller what constitutes a full depression is modifiable. 
  • I'd be interested in testing how many games require a full press of the trigger to fire. My guess is close to none.
  • I'm not sure I'd wanna void my controller's warranty doing this.
  • Controllers only have a 90 day warranty anyway. In the States at least.
  • Besides what Kieran said, you could just put the old grips back on and they'd never know.
  • I need to install those on my master chief controller, those grips were on my lunar white controller, but not on my master chief controller.
  • Those controllers can get hard to grip.
  • Wow didn't know they sell grips like this, looking at the picture the texture felt nice.
  • This is like saying having the gear knob off a Bugatti makes your Fiat Punto a supercar!... dumb.
  • shakes head in disappointment
  • They look nice,  a good upgrade for the price