Convenient with PowerA’s new colorful pastel controllers for Xbox and PC

When it comes to colorful controller designs, the Xbox game has been on point for years. Ever since the Xbox One generation, Microsoft has released many fun variants of its controllers – including limited editions and the Xbox Design Lab – and this momentum has not diminished with the Xbox Series X / S consoles. Meanwhile, the third-party range of Xbox controllers is more expansive than ever, and brands like PowerA are hitting budget-friendly prices with sleek new custom colors, like the recently released pastel series of the $ 37.99 PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller for Xbox and PC.

Marshmallowy vibes for several days. The controllers have smooth, satin finishes on the front, lightly textured back and shiny accents on the shoulders and bumpers.

These new pastel colors for the Enhanced Wired series were announced back in March as a spring collection, and include purple camo, lavender swirl, pink lemonade, pastel dream and cotton candy blue. Pink lemonade seemed like the clear winner to me at first with its elegant yellow-to-pink gradient, but now after seeing and handling all five colors in person, I can officially declare cotton candy blue as the best look. It’s actually a little more sea foam bluish-greenish than the name implies, but anyway there’s a bold but soft monochromatic hue on this controller.

But all five pastel designs look good overall, with varied use of gradients, mottled patterns and / or two-tone contrast on the front and back that gives each one a unique signature. Sure, it’s a shame that these controllers still have outdated Micro USB connections, but I want to give some credit to PowerA for at least choosing a white detachable cable with each one to better complement the light and airy look.

I would still like to see a brand new version of the Enhanced Wired Controller that is finally upgraded to USB-C and maybe even squeezes in a couple of customizable rear buttons without messing too much. But apart from ailments, there is a lot to love with the aesthetics of these bright new colors. The Enhanced Wired Controller has been our best choice for the best budget Xbox controller you can buy, thanks in large part to its very affordable price, while also finding the essentials for a wired controller. I can not say that these new colors go so far as to do a good thing better, since they are functionally similar, but they are refreshing enough that they somehow feel improved.

PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller (Pastel)

PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller is a budget-oriented wired controller for Xbox and PC that connects via Micro USB and has two customizable buttons on the back. It is offered in many different colors and licensed designs.

These cool new pastels are now readily available at many retailers, and it will not be a surprise if they start to see their own discounts and sales like many others in PowerA’s selection. They are a breath of fresh air, and they are a nice addition to a summer of games that have got new local multiplayer games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (a good reason to need extra affordable controllers, since it supports up to six players on Xbox and PC).

Side profile image of all five PowerA Enhanced Wired pastel controllers.

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

Photograph by Antonio G. Di Benedetto / The Verge