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Now’s a great time to buy a second Xbox controller for your local multiplayer games — or a livelier-looking replacement for the gamepad you already own. Amazon is selling the Xbox Core Wireless Controller for up to 26 percent off. The white model is the most affordable of the bunch for $45 (normally $60), but you’ll also find significant savings on the blue, red, and Electric Volt (read: neon green) variants.
If you own an Xbox Series X or Series S, you know what to expect. The Core Wireless Controller largely offers Microsoft’s years-old layout, just with an Elite-style circular control pad (better for fighting games and some other titles), a share button, and better grip. It’s not as smart as Sony’s PS5-oriented DualSense, but it’s comfortable, offers Bluetooth support and lasts up to three days on AA batteries. It’s clearly the gamepad of choice if you want to use an official design and not pay the premium for Elite Series 2.
As you’d guess, you don’t get any frills with these gamepads like you would with the Elite or some third-party pads. You won’t find interchangeable covers or sticks, a fancy look or other upgrades suitable for the most dedicated gamers. At these retail prices, however, the Xbox Core Wireless lineup is an easy choice if you just need an extra controller for your kid or the occasional sports game showdown.