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Victrix Gambit review – one of the most customizable Xbox Series X controllers
1:48 pm | August 17, 2023

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The Victrix Gambit is an Xbox Series X|S controller manufactured with tournament and Esports players in mind. PDP’s official website states that it’s the “world’s fastest licensed Xbox controller,” and the pad itself puts a strong case forward to support that lofty claim.

For one, the Victrix Gambit is a wired controller. That may be a dealbreaker if you’re looking for a wireless option, however, it does help to significantly reduce input lag in multiplayer environments, particularly when playing online. Its modules are designed with speed in mind, too; face and shoulder buttons, as well as the triggers, all of which have remarkably short travel time. More so for the triggers if you’re making use of the locks found on the rear of the controller.

My biggest takeaway from the Victrix Gambit is in how broadly customizable it is. And the package doesn’t short change you here; in total, there’s 14 different swappable parts, allowing owners to mix and match modules until you get your setup just right. In terms of sheer customizability, the Victrix Gambit is one of the best Xbox controllers around.

Victrix Gambit - price and availability

The Victrix Gambit controller is available to buy right now for $99.99 / £89.99 / AU$149. Availability in the US is broad; in that region, it can be bought directly from PDP’s website, or via big box retailers like Amazon. UK buyers will need to rely on Amazon and Game to purchase the controller. 

Victrix Gambit - design and features

Victrix Gambit

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The Victrix Gambit has a strikingly similar form factor to that of the Xbox Wireless Controller. If you’re familiar with Microsoft’s pack-in option, then you should feel comfortable when holding the Gambit in your hands. The controller sits snugly when held with your thumbs on both analog sticks. Meanwhile, your index and middle fingers will rest easily on the triggers and back paddles respectively.

Now, if you haven’t used a controller like this before, you may be a little overwhelmed when you first open up that slick black carry case. It contains all the swappable modules for the Gambit, which includes two faceplates (a plastic white plate with a textured front, and a purple plate made of rubber), two extra thumbsticks, a swappable back paddle plate, two sets of thumbstick gates (two circular, two octagonal), an extra D-pad featuring a diamond-shaped design and a 3m cable for connecting the Gambit to your console or PC.

The modularity here is about on par with the Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless controller, which features more or less the same amount of swappable parts. The Gambit’s parts aren’t quite as high quality as those for the Elite Series 2, but I found swapping modules to be slightly easier and more intuitive with the Gambit.

If you’re at a bit of a loss, fear not. The Victrix Gambit is already set up with recommended modules, although swapping parts is exceptionally easy. The faceplates magnetically snap into place, and are easily removed by simply lifting the bottom part with your finger. Similarly, the thumbsticks slide out and lock into place with ease, but are secure enough that they’re in no danger of dislodging during play.

All in all, the Victrix Gambit is smartly designed, comfortable to hold and its modules can be swapped quickly. It won’t take long before changing parts based on your preferred titles becomes second nature.

Victrix Gambit - performance

Victrix Gambit

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As a wired controller, expect minimal input lag while playing the best Xbox Series X games. You can expect faster inputs overall, too, especially from those clicky and tactile face buttons that feature a remarkably short travel time, reminding me of the excellent 8BitDo Ultimate controller for Nintendo Switch.

I did find the analog sticks to be a little stiff in comparison to the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, but not so much that it hindered my play time across a variety of titles. In fairness, this is perhaps to be expected given the Series 2 higher price point of $179.99 / £159.99 / AU$249.95; it’s going to have higher quality parts. However, the Gambit is still more than serviceable here, and the sticks’ relative stiffness was easy to get used to. By comparison, the Gambit’s sticks are of a quality on par with the cheaper Xbox Wireless Controller; what you’re paying extra for, essentially, is that extra modularity compared to Microsoft’s base pad.

The triggers have the opposite problem, at least by default. Out of the box, both triggers feel a little too sensitive, and I found inputs to be registering if I moved my index fingers even slightly. The trigger lock switches on the rear of the pad help circumvent this, thankfully. Simply hold the trigger at your desired rest point, then move the switch to lock the trigger at that length, preventing it from moving beyond. Sensitivity for triggers and sticks can further be customized in the downloadable Victrix app. However, this will only be applicable to PC players.

Overall, though, the Victrix Gambit is an impressively responsive controller, and feels well-suited to the best FPS games and best fighting games thanks to low input lag, fast button inputs and robust trigger lock settings.

Should I buy the Victrix Gambit?

Victrix Gambit

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Buy it if...

Don't buy it if...

How we tested the Victrix Gambit

We tested the Victrix Gambit for review over the course of about a week, ensuring to play a wide range of titles, including online shooters like Halo Infinite and PUBG, as well as competitive fighting games like Guilty Gear Strive and Killer Instinct. Such genres are where we felt the Gambit was best suited. However, it’s still an excellent choice for gaming of any kind. 

Considering other Xbox controllers? Be sure to read our review of the excellent Nacon Revolution X Pro, as well as the budget-friendly 8BitDo Pro 2. For more Xbox peripherals, our best Xbox Series X accessories guide has some excellent suggestions, too.

8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox review – an ideal fighting game companion
7:04 pm | June 5, 2023

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It’s a bumper year for fighting games, and in preparation, 8BitDo has manufactured an Xbox version of its arcade stick. Best of all, it’s a competent and affordable alternative to the competition if you’re after an entry-level fight stick that ticks most of the boxes.

With a slew of fighting games releasing this year, you may be looking at purchasing one of the best fight sticks to up your game with. If you're on Xbox Series X|S, then I strongly recommend giving the 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox a shot. Especially so if you've recently picked up Street Fighter 6.

That’s because the 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox is much cheaper than some of its competitors, like the Nacon Daija and Qanba Obsidian. It’s also up to 8BitDo’s high-quality standard. Here, you’re getting a more than competent fight stick with a high level of customizability, but one that’s nonetheless straightforward enough for first-time users to get to grips with.

Price and availability

The 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox will be available from June 30, 2023. It can be pre-ordered from Amazon for $119.99 / £99 (around AU$182.99) in either white or black colorways. At present, no Australian availability has been announced, but this review will be updated with the relevant pricing in the event that changes. 

Design and Features

8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox

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In terms of design, the 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox is largely identical to the 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Nintendo Switch. However, it trades the eye-catching, NES-like aesthetic for a sleeker matte black or white (depending on your chosen color variant) matching the color of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S respectively.

The buttons and stick bear a glossy black finish, while ancillary buttons like Menu, Share, and the function dials share the same hue as your chosen colorway. Overall, the aesthetic isn’t too flashy, but ultimately a very fitting match for Xbox’s current-generation machines.

There are some key differences with the new Xbox version of 8BitDo’s fight stick. The back end features a USB-C port for wired connectivity, which here has been separated from the 2.4Ghz receiver port. Interestingly, that wireless receiver port already has the relevant dongle inserted and tucked behind a removable dust cover panel. That’s handy, as it means you can switch between wired and wireless connectivity at a moment’s notice should you need to.

The Xbox variant features two dials over on the top left. One lets you switch between left analog, right analog, and D-pad input for the stick itself. The other, meanwhile, supports headset functionality. You can connect a wired headset via the 3.5mm port on the front of the device, and this dial lets you disable mic and/or headset audio, or leave both enabled when a headset is connected.

Nearly everything else remains the same on the 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox compared to its Nintendo Switch counterpart. The Xbox stick has an identical button layout and weighs roughly the same. The 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox is also fully customizable, so you can swap out its buttons and sticks for alternatives should you desire it.

Wanting to use a set of high-quality Sanwa buttons for Street Fighter 6? You’re able to do that. Though you will need a screwdriver to access the stick’s innards in order to swap out the default components for your desired replacements. 


8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox

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While not exactly the gold standard provided by Sanwa’s excellent range of components, the out-of-box performance of the 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox is incredibly solid. You’re getting a responsive, square gate-mounted joystick and a set of convex face buttons.

Said buttons aren’t particularly remarkable, but get the job done with a satisfyingly springy feel that’s well-suited to quickfire inputs. While all components are swappable, the default layout is still perfectly serviceable for beginners, and will certainly serve you well if you’re making the jump from one of the best Xbox controllers to fight stick for the first time.

You might also be curious about the stick’s wireless performance. While I personally prefer a wired connection for minimal input delay, the 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox performs about as well wirelessly as the official Xbox Wireless Controller does. Additional latency isn’t particularly noticeable, meaning a wireless connection is perfectly acceptable for casual to intermediate-level play.

And as with other excellent products from the manufacturer, including the 8BitDo Ultimate controller for Nintendo Switch, the arcade stick’s battery life is relatively impressive. You’ll get around 30 hours on a full charge. However, that drops significantly to around 15-20 hours with a headset connected. Certainly, something to keep in mind if you’re chatting with friends while ranking up online.

When connected via USB-C, the stick will take roughly four hours to charge back to full from empty, which is quite a substantial amount of charge time, so I recommend leaving it overnight if you’re needing to recharge the device.

Should you buy the 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox?

8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox

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Buy it if...

You’re after an entry-level Xbox stick
8BitDo’s Xbox fight stick is the best for the console at its price point and is perfectly suited for first-time stick users.

You’ve just bought Street Fighter 6
Street Fighter 6 has done a phenomenal job onboarding new players, and its multiple control schemes complement first-time fight stick users well. 

Don't buy it if...

You’d prefer a controller
There are controllers well-suited to fighting games’ unique button layouts, including the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and the Nacon Revolution X Pro.

You want something less weighty

The 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox is bulkier than your average controller, so you might not get on with it for longer gaming sessions.

How we tested

The 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox controller was tested over the course of a week, primarily with fighting games available on Xbox Series X|S and PC. These include Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Strive, and Killer Instinct. 

The stick was tested both wired and wirelessly, to get a feel for changes to input delay and battery life. Further tests included its performance with a gaming headset connected to see how performance and battery life fared. In all cases, the 8BitDo Arcade Stick for Xbox performed to a high standard on both console and PC, with or without a headset, and with both wired and wireless connections.