Hands-on with PowerA’s new pastel-colored controllers for Xbox and PC

When it comes to colorful console designs, Xbox games have been around for years. Since the Xbox One generation, Microsoft has released many fun skins for its consoles, including limited editions it’s up to Xbox Design Lab And that momentum hasn’t slowed with the Xbox Series X/S consoles. Meanwhile, the lineup of third-party Xbox consoles is More expansive than everAnd brands like PowerA are hitting affordable prices with their own new colors like the latest release. PowerA Pastel Upgraded Wired Controller Kit $37.99 For Xbox and PC.

Marshmallow feeling for days. The control arms feature a smooth satin finish on the front, lightly textured back, and gloss accents on the shoulders and fenders.

announced in March As a spring collection includes these new pastel colors for the improved wireframe purple camoIt’s at lavender swirlIt’s at pink lemonadeIt’s at pastel dreamE like blue cotton candy. Pink lemonade seemed like the winner to me at first with its bright yellow to pink hue, but now that I’ve seen all five colors and handled them personally, I can officially declare that cotton candy blue is the best look. It’s actually a little more teal than seafoam than the name suggests, but regardless, it’s a bold, muted monochromatic color on this console.

But the five pastel patterns look great overall, with various uses of gradients, marbled patterns, and/or two-tone contrasts on the front and back, giving each a unique signature. Sure, it’s a shame these controllers still feature outdated micro USB connections, but I’ll give PowerA some credit for choosing at least one detachable white cable with each to better complement the light and airy look.

I would still love to see a brand new version of the improved wired controller finally upgraded to USB-C and maybe hit some customizable back buttons without messing things up too much. But regardless, there’s a lot to like about the aesthetics of these bold new colors. The upgraded wired controller was our top pick The best budget Xbox controller you can buy, thanks in large part to its very correct price when installing the basics of a wired console. I can’t say these new colors go so far as to make the good thing even better, as they’re functionally similar but refreshing enough to make them better in some way.

Improved PowerA Wired Controller (Pastel Colors)

The PowerA Wired Enhanced Controller is a cost-effective wired console for Xbox and PC that connects via Micro USB and features two customizable buttons on the back. It comes in a variety of licensed colors and patterns.

These cool new pastels are now readily available at many retailers, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they started seeing discounts and sales like many others in the PowerA range. It’s a little breath of fresh air from the budget category and it’s a great addition to a summer of gaming with new local multiplayer games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Revenge of the Destroyer (A good reason for the need for additional, affordable consoles, as they support up to six players on Xbox and PC.)

Profile image of the five PowerA Enhanced Wired Pastel consoles.

Some pastel colors have a contrasting two-tone look between the front and back.

Photo by Antonio JD Benedetto / The Verge

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