If you want a wireless controller for your PC, this is the one to beat. It can be finicky about what Bluetooth chipset you have. Especially the cheap ones (I.e. $2 usb dongles). But if you have a dongle or chipset from a reputable brand, then you should be good.
The dpad is also very good, in contrast to basically every other dpad from Microsoft. It’s satisfyingly clicky (though some may not like that, I do.), and it’s easy to change directions. Highly recommend this controller overall!
It arrived brand new, sealed in the original box. It works great, have had it for almost a month and no issues with it. Between my son and myself it’s used nearly everyday. Exactly the kind of quality that you’d expect from Microsoft, top notch.
I don't own an Xbox, but I do play PC games from Steam on a Windows 10 PC from time to time. I'm not really a dedicated gamer, so I pretty much need a console style controller. Fortunately, Microsoft makes their Xbox controllers compatible with Windows 10.
I purchased this new model primarily because the older version I had with a micro-USB connection was unreliable - coming loose at inopportune times and finicky when plugging in. That was the only flaw of the previous model, but it was worth an upgrade for me. Other noticeable differences are the textured grips (slight if unnecessary improvement), a newly styled D-pad (I find no difference), slightly different contour on the top (cosmetic only), and a Share button. As far as I can tell the Share button serves no purpose for Windows 10 (it appears to be an Xbox feature only, at least for now).
I had questions upon ordering this updated controller; after a few hours of play, here are the answers:
Yes, this controller is compatible with the Microsoft Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 and all of its features.
Yes, the original Xbox One Play and Charge Kit works with this newer model controller, as do the cheaper 3rd party alternatives . The micro-USB cable that originally came with these kits will not be compatible, so use any USB-C cable you have. There does not appear to be an available USB-C cable that has a charge indicating light to work with these play & charge kits.
Yes, there is a way to determine the controller's battery level when using on a PC. With the controller connected to the PC, open the Xbox Accessories app/program (free from the Microsoft store) and find the battery level there. It must be connected wirelessly to read the battery level; it will just say "Plugged in" if using the cable.
Yes, all previous peripherals (except for micro-USB cables) seem to work perfectly with this new controller.
And finally, yes, the USB-C connection is wonderful. It's easy to connect, stable, and responsive. I like the fact that there is no indicator LED as I often play in the dark.Read full review
Good controller. I LIKE the fact that it uses replaceable batteries, I can put nicads in it and recharge them over and over. The PS5 controller has built in batteries, so when the batteries die and can't be charged any longer the controller is toasted!