8BitDo reveals Xbox controller for Project xCloud — but we're not sold

8BitDo Xbox Controller
(Image credit: 8BitDo)

Microsoft has partnered with 8BitDo to create a controller specifically developed for its cloud-gaming service, Project xCloud. To me, it already looks too tiny and too expensive. I want it, but I hate it. I have mixed emotions.

8BitDo is launching its Xbox Cloud Gaming controller on September 21, 2020 for $44.99, which is a major turn off when you consider that an official Xbox One controller costs $64.99 at MSRP.

8BitDo's Xbox controller

Unlike its sibling, the 8BitDo version of the Xbox controller features its analog sticks side by side, as the entire controller is based on a retro NES controller shell. The controller features USB Type-C charging, 18 hours of battery life and even ships with a clip to attach to phones.

However, at the price of $44.99, you're likely to find an Xbox One controller on sale for the same amount or even cheaper. It's a little too pricey for a controller that might not as comfortable as the Xbox One controller.

I could be wrong, and it could be super comfortable and worth its price. After all, 8BitDo included separate software that lets you button map and adjust the stick and trigger sensitivity, which is neat. And similar to the Xbox Elite controller, it supports profiles that you can switch between, so it might have more value at first glance. 

However, we won't find out how good this controller is until September rolls around, which might be closer to when Microsoft dives deeper into its cloud gaming endeavor. 

Rami Tabari

Rami Tabari is an Editor for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline attached to the latest Souls-like challenge.