After the recent release of the wired controller, which was and is great, 8BitDo has moved on with a new wireless gamepad for PC and Switch.
Like 8BitDo’s latest controllers, this new wireless controller is also compatible with their Ultimate Software app.
This allows you to customize the controller very broadly, from input macros, switchable controller profiles, and customizable vibration functions (among many other things).
What makes all of this quite special and seamless is the use of a charging cradle that doubles as the controller’s wireless connection.
It’s all very plug and play, as connecting the controller via the USB cable syncs the dock and pad. Simply removing the pad initiates the wireless connection, without the need for any additional configuration.
There’s also a 2.4g USB dongle stored in the dock if you just want to connect the pad like this.
Battery life is also considerable, reaching 22 hours on a full charge.
The pad itself is just great. It is very comfortable to hold and the grip is excellent. The buttons are also distinct and precise in terms of input, as well as being very responsive.
Like other recent 8BitDo pads, you also have two extra rear buttons that can be customized based on their input.
I took a test ride to the pad on the new release SD Gundam Battle Alliance, as I have already been briefed on how the game unfolds. In short, I didn’t have any problems and was able to play perfectly.
In addition to running on Windows 10, the pad is also compatible with Switch. While I have an inordinate amount of love for the Switch Pro pad, this new 8BitDo offering is just as good.
However, for me, this is now my new PC game controller. The wired pad was and is great, but this wireless pad is just as good and easy to use.
8BitDo are continuing to make some really great game controllers, I just wish they would start offering their services for PlayStation consoles.
The 8BitDo Ultimate Controller with Charging Dock is available in 8BitDo’s online store for $ 69.99.
Disclosure: 8BitDo sent me this controller for the purpose of this review.
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