controllers

Nintendo announces long overdue price cut for single Switch Joy-Cons

Nintendo announces long overdue price cut for single Switch Joy-Cons

If there's one truth all Nintendo Switch fans know, it's that controllers for the console are expensive. A new pair of Joy-Cons will run you $79.99, which is the same price we normally see the Pro Controller at (though both the Joy-Cons and Pro Controller does frequently go on sale). For single Joy-Cons, the pricing is even more egregious, as they typically run $49.99 apiece.

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This hidden Xbox Series X feature is user-friendly genius

This hidden Xbox Series X feature is user-friendly genius

Another secret weapon of sorts appeared for the Xbox Series X this week. The device and its closest relative, Xbox Series S, both work with an IR receiver hidden in the industrial design of the front of the case. Because this receiver is included, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S console units both have the ability to work with Xbox One Media Remotes.

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This new PlayStation 5 controller reveal confirms a button surprise

This new PlayStation 5 controller reveal confirms a button surprise

The PlayStation 5 is nearly here, and when it arrives, Japanese players are going to have to contend with a change that seems simple on the surface but could be massive in reality. Apparently, Sony is changing the function of some of the PlayStation 5's controller buttons in Japan, swapping the functionality of the "X" and "O" buttons. That, as you might imagine, is going to be frustrating for Japanese players who are already used to the current functionality of the DualShock 4 and the controllers that came before it.

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Android 11 puts its game on with expanded gamepad support

Android 11 puts its game on with expanded gamepad support

For a time, it almost seemed that Android missed the mobile gaming train with more titles opting to go iOS first or even iOS only. Of course, Google's mobile platform does have thousands of titles, not all of them that noteworthy, but things have definitely improved these past years. It's almost ironic considering how Android has more open support for game controllers but that, also ironically, excludes some of the more popular ones. With Android 11, however, that list grows just a little with the addition of the Nintendo Switch Pro and the now-defunct Steam controllers.

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Xbox Series X Wireless Controllers preorders start in Blue

Xbox Series X Wireless Controllers preorders start in Blue

Starting this week, Microsoft opened orders for the next generation in official Xbox Wireless Controller sales. The Xbox Wireless Controller in Shock Blue is entirely new. This is a "vibrant hue, not yet seen on any [official Microsoft-made] controller." To be clear, today we're talking about the new, 2020-and-beyond Xbox Wireless Controller series made for Xbox Series X and Windows 10.

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Razer Kishi is now the iPhone’s best gaming controller

Razer Kishi is now the iPhone’s best gaming controller

Today the folks at Razer released their universal gaming controller Kishi for the iPhone. This device is universal insofar as it's able to connect with a Lightning plug and it's large enough to fit the vast majority of iPhone devices. An earlier version of the Kishi was released this year with compatibility for USB-C devices running Android and it emerged as the best mobile gaming controller in its class - there's little reason to think that bit doesn't continue here.

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The most killer Android 11 feature is Quick Access Device Controls

The most killer Android 11 feature is Quick Access Device Controls

With Android 11, Google created a halfway point between the user and a variety of "control apps." The first major control app that'll utilize this most powerful Android 11 feature is Google Home. The feature's formal name is "Quick Access Device Controls" and it may change the way you use your smartphone, in a big way, from this point forward.

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Sony giving some DualShock 4 colors an encore this month

Sony giving some DualShock 4 colors an encore this month

Throughout the current generation, Sony has released a number of DualShock 4 controller variants. In all, the company says that it has released 25 different colors around the world, with the selection seemingly rotating on a fairly consistent basis. If there's a color variation you like but never manged to get your hands on the first time around, then you might like to know that Sony is bringing back certain colors this month.

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Microsoft xCloud game streaming beta release this week

Microsoft xCloud game streaming beta release this week

Today we're taking a peek at how you'll get in on the Microsoft xCloud game streaming beta, starting on the 11th of August, 2020. If you're an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, you'll be among the first people to gain access to this system - if you WANT access, that is to say. It'll still be in beta, which means you'll effectively be play-testing Microsoft's system for them.

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Xbox serves up controller snark over Sony’s PS5 decision

Xbox serves up controller snark over Sony’s PS5 decision

The next-generation gaming consoles are on the horizon and ahead of their release comes all of the details, as well as many questions. Among the top inquiries from gamers were questions about backward compatibility, including whether any accessories for the current-generation models will work for the upcoming Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles. Here to reinforce the point is Microsoft with a subtle jab at Sony.

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