Following the recent wired controller release, which was and is excellent, 8BitDo has followed up with a new wireless gamepad for PC and Switch.
Like the last few controllers from 8BitDo, this new wireless controller is also compatible with their Ultimate Software program.
This allows you to customize the controller very extensively, from input macros, to changeable 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 dock that also acts as the controller’s wireless connection.
It’s all very plug and play, as connecting the controller with the USB cable syncs the dock and the pad. Simply removing the pad starts the wireless connection, without any additional configuration required.
There is also a 2.4g USB dongle stored in the dock if you want to simply connect the pad that way.
The battery life is also extensive, coming in at 22 hours on a full charge.
The pad itself just feels great. It is very comfortable to hold and the grip is excellent. The buttons are also clear and precise in terms of input, as well as being very responsive.
Like other recent 8BitDo pads, you also have two additional rear buttons that can be customized according to their input.
I gave the pad a test drive on the newly released one SD Gundam Battle Alliance, because I’m already called on how the game plays. In short, I had no problems and I was able to play the game just fine.
In addition to working in Windows 10, the pad is also compatible with the Switch. While I have an inordinate amount of love for the Switch Pro pad, this new 8BitDo offering is easily just as good.
However, for me, this is now my new go to PC game controller. The wired pad was and is amazing, but this wireless pad is just as good and so easy to use.
8BitDo continues to make some very cool game controllers, I just wish they would start offering their services for PlayStation consoles.
The 8BitDo Ultimate Controller with Charging Dock is available from the 8BitDo online store for $69.99.
Disclosure: 8BitDo sent me this controller for the purposes of this review.
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