8BitDo’s superb Professional 2 controller is getting an Xbox model quickly
8BitDo is releasing a wired model of its Professional 2 controller for Xbox consoles and PC on December eighth, 2021. It’s practically similar when it comes to options to the Bluetooth wi-fi mannequin that my colleague Sam Byford reviewed, which helps Change, cellular, and different platforms. Although, this new Xbox mannequin’s wired-only connection signifies that it’s cheaper at $44.99. You’ll be able to preorder it now.
This Professional 2 is clad in black, with an Xbox residence button in its center. But, along with the entire different Xbox-specific buttons you’re in all probability anticipating (share, menu, view), it has 8BitDo’s different two buttons close to the analog sticks, which could be remapped to your liking in its Final Software program app obtainable on iOS and Android. Moreover, there are two buttons on the again of the Professional 2’s grips that may be mapped as you see match. By way of the app, you can too customise vibration, set off, and stick sensitivity, in addition to make a shortcut to regulate quantity.
You may be questioning how this wired controller is ready to talk wirelessly together with your cellphone. 8BitDo advised The Verge that the Professional 2 for Xbox has a Bluetooth chip inside, which permits it to connect with your cellphone for the needs of remapping the controls. Nonetheless, the performance ends there. The corporate mentioned that it isn’t suitable with different methods wirelessly.
This controller appears to be made for individuals who aren’t married to the analog stick association of Microsoft’s Xbox controller. This one’s stick format is extra just like a PlayStation controller, although the entire mandatory Xbox buttons are right here. There’s additionally a 3.5mm port for audio passthrough when you’ve got headphones or a headset to attach.
It’d be splendid if the Xbox-flavored Professional 2 was wi-fi, however $45 for a customizable wired controller looks like worth. Provided that 8BitDo’s construct high quality is normally greater than many different third-party accent makers, this would possibly make for a pleasant companion to your official Xbox wi-fi controller or as a alternative.