The Xbox gamepad has become the go-to gaming controller for almost everyone. In addition to the Xbox Series X and Series S (and last-gen Xboxes), it’s the default controller for PC gaming, and widely used in smartphone/tablet gaming, cloud gaming and even with set-top boxes like the Apple TV.
Having gone through literally dozens of these over the years, there’s one other big truth: Xbox controllers, including the official Microsoft ones, aren’t very sturdy, and you’ll probably have to replace one or more of them at some point. For example, I just started using a special Forza-design semitransparent controller with my Xbox Series X a few months ago, and one of the triggers is already catching.
The good news is that, with Black Friday and the holiday shopping season upon us, there are a lot of great deals and sales on Xbox controllers. Usually $60, or more for some designs and colors, many shops are offering them for under $40, although you might be limited in color choices.
I’m rounding up some of the best deals, and you can find all our best Black Friday deals here.
The most basic official Xbox controller, slightly updated for the Xbox Series X/S with a new directional pad style, these are usually between $59 and $64 when not on sale.
Amazon has a great price of $39 right now, but only on black and white versions. A few other colors, including blue, electric volt (sort of a neon green) and mineral camo, are currently $44.
Best Buy has a similar $39 deal, but in that case, black, white and red models are all $39, while other colors cost more.
Target has black and white versions for $39, other colors for $44. Microsoft’s own deal is exactly the same. Walmart’s least-expensive Xbox controller is $45 right now, but I’ll keep an eye on that to see if it comes down to match.
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This upgraded controller offers a sturdier build, interchangeable thumbsticks, extra paddle controls, two different trigger depth settings and a wraparound rubber grip. It’s usually $179, but Microsoft has it for less right now. So far that’s the only sale price I’m seeing on this exact product.
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These one-of-a-kind custom designs aren’t on sale right now, but definitely worth taking a look at if you’re searching for a unique gift. You can customize the color and sometimes finish of almost every part of the controller, including both solid colors and a few patterns.
Some choices add extra cost, and if you want to go all-in, there’s also a customizable version of the Elite controller as well, which starts at $149.