With the Xbox Series X, Microsoft has overhauled the Xbox Series X controller. Though they look a tad similar to their old selves, these controllers pack quite a few interesting features. For example, you get a new share button at the center, making it easier to share your recent feats with your gamer friends. More importantly, additional textured grips on the side triggers and handles add to the experience. But at the end of the day, the Series X wireless controller still comes with non-grippy wings or palm grips, which can turn a bit slippery with sweat, especially during long gaming sessions.
Thankfully, there are plenty of grips for the Xbox Series X controller to mitigate these sweaty situations. At the same time, they help provide the necessary grip so that the controller does not slip away from your hand when you are navigating the wilderness in Red Dead Redemption or doing your best to score a Rocket League goal. And well, these grips add a touch of comfort as well.
The best part is that you can add grips to the buttons if you are not comfortable covering the whole controller.
Now that's settled, let's see some of the best grips for the Xbox Series X controller, shall we? But first,
The eXtremeRate PlayVital (Samurai Edition) is all about looks. This grip adds a gorgeous look to the controller's overall design, thanks to the unique patterns and cuts. And it's not just the look, for the deep lines along the wings adds their share of grip. The fit is to the point, and it doesn't move around. The silicone feels nice and soft, thereby paving the way for longer gaming sessions.
eXtremeRate also ships a duo of thumb grips as well. Like the rest of the product, this one also sports cool lines running along the top adding both look and texture.
Though some users have reported the height of the grips messing with the stick's sensitivity, you can mitigate quickly by tweaking the sticks' sensitivity settings. Lastly, installation is not a hard job.
The eXtremeRate PlayVital is available in many colors, and if you ask me, the white version will look rad.
If you want to add a couple of grips to the thumbsticks, KontrolFreek's Omni Thumb Grips are a great way to start things off. These are a set of two grips that you can slip over the sticks of your Series X controller. The textures are subtle and will make their bid to keep your hands from slipping. And the concave shape helps its case.
The fit is secure, and several users back this as part of their reviews. Plus, these low-rise grips don't hamper the sensitivity of the thumbstick.
So far, these thumb grips have received quite a few positive feedback and have over 300 reviews to their credit.
Does the idea of a studded palm grip on your Xbox Series X controller excite you? If yes, you should certainly have a peek at the aptly named Pandaren Studded Anti-Slip Silicone Cover. This silicone cover comes with raised studs in the front and back of the wings. And not only that, but the company also ships four pairs of thumb grips in varied designs.
Not only can you take your pick from the textures at the top, but you can also choose to go with the raised thumb grips should you want extra sensitivity for playing games like Halo 5 or Call of Duty (see the best Call of Duty: Warzone wallpapers).
The covers are easy to slip on and, like most of their counterparts, keep the side triggers and handles free to use.
eXtremeRate PlayVital also has a studded cover for the Xbox Series X controller. Like the one above, it also ships a variety of thumbstick in different textures and colors.
If you want to keep things simple and easy, the YoRHa Silicone Cover Skin for the Xbox Series X Controllers makes for a good buy. These grips have been praised for the wing textures. They are soft to touch. However, they have enough firmness in them to yield a comfortable grip.
Like the one above, you get a few grips for the thumbsticks. They come in both concave and convex shapes, and the best part is that you also get to experiment with a duo of cat paw imprinted grips.
The YoRHa Silicone Cover Skin has been praised a lot for its fit and comfort. The cuts are precise and fit over the buttons seamlessly.
Do you want your Xbox Series X controller to stand apart from the rest? If yes, say Hi to the thumb grips by AceShot. These grips are colored in a variety of attractive shades like green, blue and pink. Yes, you read that right! The affordable pricing means you can buy a bunch and switch them as per the game's theme color. Pink for Cyberpunk 2077? Well, why not!
The company ships a total of 8 grips in various textures and height, giving you the wriggle room to pick one as per the genre of the game. In fact, the low-profile grips lend an excellent grip and are likely to improve your overall gameplay.
However, putting the grips on the stick is not an easy affair, and few users have pointed it out in their reviews. But the good thing is that they stay anchored and doesn't move.
If you really like to try your hand on a few theme-based thumb grips, you can't go wrong with the ones by Kontrol Freek. These are available in various themes and will surely uplift the looks of your Series X controllers and improve your accuracy and grip.
If you want to keep your Series X controller in pristine conditions, the hard shell by Otterbox for Series X and Series S is worth checking out. Unlike the ones above, this one doesn't cover the whole surface. Instead, it covers just the palm grips and preserves the overall form factor of the controller. And that's not all. It also comes with two swappable grips that add both texture and grip to the palm.
The Otterbox Controller Shell for the Xbox Series X is available for pre-order starting January 25, 2021.
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Besides adding the necessary grips, covers & grips like the ones above, ensure that your wireless controller stays safe from bumps and scratches. So even if you were to throw it away in a fit of rage (please don't), these covers will do their best to protect the case's exteriors.
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