You can grab a black Xbox Series X wireless controller on sale for just $49 at Amazon. Get it in white or blue for $49.49, just 49 cents more. The white and black versions can also be found at their respective deal prices at GameStop. Normally these controlls sell for around $60 or more (for advanced colorways). Today's drop to $49 is in line with usual sales, but we haven't seen it drop lower than this in more than a year (outside of Black Friday) so you're getting the best possible price that's certainly much better than you'd find at other places.
While not the absolute lowest price ever, this is a match for the best price we've seen in the last year. Plus it is available in three different colors, which is certainly a much more rare occurance. Whether you need an extra for a friend or need to replace your broken one, this is a great deal.
The controller improves on the classic design in several important ways. The three biggest improvements are the hybrid D-Pad, the textured grip, and the share button right in the middle. The controller also uses USB-C for charging instead of MicroUSB, which is a fantastic improvement as well. It's also slightly smaller than the Xbox One controller, which means a wider range of gamers can use it.
The new D-Pad uses a cross-segmented style format. It's designed to help improve directional movement, menu selection, and more. The textured grips give you a more tactile feel and help immerse you in the game you're playing while also ensuring the controller doesn't accidentally go flying across the room because your palms got a little sweaty. The shoulder buttons really benefit a lot from the textured materials as well.
The controller also adds a dedicated share button for screenshots and video clips. This way you don't have to go into the dashboard or open up menus to create content and share it on social media. You can do it immediately by pushing this button.
The nice thing about this controller staying pretty similar to the previous generation is that many of the same accessories still work, so you can always improve your experience that way as well.
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J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.