Gaming | May 20, 2023
PowerA has just announced the launch of the MOGA XP-Ultra, the first licensed wireless controller for Xbox Series X|S. In simple terms, this controller can wirelessly connect to Microsoft’s new consoles just like an official controller. Not only can it connect to consoles, but the controller can also be connected to a PC or mobile device via cable or Bluetooth.
In addition to functioning as a conventional controller, the MOGA XP-Ultra can be used in different configurations by adding or removing accessories, as we will see later. The controller is available starting today on the official company website, Amazon, and other retailers such as FNAC, with a price of $129.99 (the price in euros is not known at the time of writing).
The new PowerA controller weighs 342 grams (the official Xbox Series X controller weighs 287 grams) and, in addition to the conventional buttons and D-pad, it features two additional buttons on the back that can be mapped on the fly for additional actions. However, the most interesting aspect of its design is its modularity.
The controller itself is actually the central unit with the buttons. The lower grips are detachable attachments that can be removed or added depending on how you want to play. This means you can have a traditional controller setup or a smaller controller setup for mobile gaming, for example. Speaking of mobile gaming, PowerA includes an upper grip for attaching your mobile device, allowing you to play games similar to a Nintendo DS. All the available options can be seen in the image below.
Unlike Xbox controllers, the PowerA MOGA XP-Ultra operates on a battery. It has a 2,000mAh capacity battery that, according to the company, provides 60 hours of gameplay via the Xbox Wireless protocol and up to 40 hours of battery life via Bluetooth. It is compatible with Windows 10 and 11, Xbox Series X|S and One, Android 6.0 or higher, and some Smart TVs.
That’s where the charm of this controller lies. Being a licensed product, it can connect wirelessly to the Xbox Series X|S, although wired connection is also possible. On PC, it can also connect wirelessly, but an adapter may be required (sold separately). For Android devices and other gadgets, it connects via Bluetooth 4.2 LE.
The MOGA XP-Ultra seems to only be available in black and can be purchased now on the PowerA website, Amazon, and other retailers like FNAC. It is priced at $129.99, but we will update this text when we know its price in euros.