What you need to know
- Microsoft's Pulse Red Xbox wireless controller is available for preorder.
- The controller is set to be released on February 9, 2021.
- You can preorder the controller now for $65.
The Xbox Series X/S controller is currently available in Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue. The addition of Pulse Red adds some more pop to the Xbox controller lineup. It has a bright red front and a white back in a similar design layout to the Shock Blue controller.
The Pulse Red Xbox wireless controller is the newer design that came out with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, but it's backwards compatible with the Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and Xbox One. The controller has a share button, improved shoulder buttons, a revamped d-pad, and uses USB-C. It also has some other welcome improvements, such as textured grips on the triggers. We also have a full guide that breaks down everything you need to know about the Xbox Series X/S controller.
In select markets, the Pulse Red Xbox wireless controller also comes with a 14-day free trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Microsoft's announcement post for the Pulse Red controller states that it will be available starting on February 9, 2021. The Amazon listing currently states that it will be released on February 23, 2021, so you may have to wait a couple of extra weeks.
Refining the best
The Xbox One controller is arguably one of the best of all time, which is why Microsoft opted to evolve, rather than revolutionize its proven gamepad. Now, you can preorder it in Pulse Red.
Best of the best
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