Looking for a new controller to pair with your iPhone or tablet while you’re streaming games through Xbox Cloud Gaming? Here are our top picks for the best Xbox Cloud Gaming controllers, including first-party and third-party options, as well as accessories such as phone and tablet clips.
Best controllers for Xbox Cloud Gaming
- Xbox Wireless Controller
- Razer Kishi Android Gaming Controller
- SteelSeries Stratus Duo Wireless Gaming Controller
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
- Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
- 8Bitdo Pro 2 Controller
Best accessories for Xbox Cloud Gaming
- PowerA MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip
- Venom Xbox Game Pass Phone Clip
- OtterBox Xbox Mobile Gaming Clip
- 8Bitdo Mobile Gaming Clip
- Tyrone GooseNeck Tablet Holder
- PWR+ Adjustable Tablet Stand
What controllers work with Xbox Cloud Gaming?
Technically, you can use any wireless controller with a Bluetooth connection or USB cable through the Xbox Game Pass app, including PlayStation DualShock controllers and even Nintendo Switch Pro controllers, but some non-Microsoft controllers do have minor issues. It’s worth noting that if you’re accessing Xbox Cloud Gaming through a web browser the Xbox Wireless Controller is the only pad that’s currently supported.
As well as the official Xbox controllers, some manufacturers such as 8BitDo and Razer have their own ‘Designed for Xbox’ controllers that have been specifically designed for cloud gaming.
We’d recommend checking out Microsoft’s What Controllers Can I Use For Xbox Cloud Gaming article which lists a decent (but by no means comprehensive) selection of supported controllers, as well as any issues that are associated with them.
Can you play Xbox Cloud Gaming without a controller?
There’s a decent selection of titles on Game Pass Ultimate with touch controls support – over 60 at the time of writing – including the likes of Gears 5, Dead Cells, Sea of Thieves, Streets of Rage 4 and plenty more.
While Microsoft continues to work with developers to add touch controls after launch for Game Pass Ultimate titles, they’re not available in every Xbox game, and faster-moving titles such as Gears 5 can be difficult to play using touch controls, especially on devices with smaller screens. You shouldn’t have too much of an issue with side-scrolling or click-and-point games such as Streets of Rage 4 and Tell Me Why.
We’d recommend grabbing a controller to pair with one of the best phones and tablets for Xbox Cloud Gaming for the best gaming experience.
Best controllers for Xbox Cloud Gaming
Xbox Wireless Controller
- Xbox Wireless Controller (Carbon Black) from Amazon for £49.99
- Xbox Wireless Controller (Carbon Black) from Microsoft for $49.99
The OG. The official Xbox Wireless Controller is our top pick when it comes to the best Xbox Cloud Gaming controllers due to its shape, size and support. It helps that it’s reasonably priced too. You won’t have any compatibility issues regardless of the game you’re playing, it’s the only supported controller for playing Xbox Cloud games through a browser, and most of the best phone clips are only compatible with this controller.
You can grab the Xbox Wireless Controller in carbon black from the links above, which is the cheapest price we’ve seen it for at the time of writing. That said, the controllers do pop up in sales every now and again, so if we find them any cheaper we’ll pop the best prices above.
Razer Kishi Android Gaming Controller
- Razer Kishi Android Gaming Controller from Amazon for £62.16
- Razer Kishi Android Gaming Controller from GameStop for $66.49
The Razer Kishi basically turns your Android phone into a handheld gaming device with face and bumper buttons, two joysticks and a D-pad for extra inputs. The controller accessories attach to your phone using a USB Type-C connection and fits any phone with a height between 145.3–163.7mm, width 62.8–78.1mm and a depth of 7.0–8.8mm. This includes all of the most popular Samsung and Google phones and you can remove the two rubber support inserts at either end of the controller to fit some larger devices.
Once you’ve attached your phone, the Razer Kishi provides tight support so you won’t have to worry about your phone falling out of place and getting damaged, although the support won’t be as good if you’ve removed the rubber inserts. The direct USB connection means there’s no input delay and overall, this is a really comfortable controller and one of the best controllers for Xbox Cloud Gaming on Android. The only downside is there’s no headphone socket, so you’ll need a pair of bluetooth headphones.
SteelSeries Stratus Duo Wireless Gaming Controller
- SteelSeries Stratus Duo Wireless Controller direct from SteelSeries for £58.49 (enter code: NEWSLETTER10)
- SteelSeries Status Duo Wireless Controller from Best Buy for $45.99
SteelSeries is known for the quality build of its peripherals and the sturdy Stratus Duo is certainly a solid controller. As well as its excellent support for Xbox Cloud Gaming, the Stratus Duo’s biggest selling point is its ability to switch between multiple devices at the flick of a button thanks to dual Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless connections. The controller is well designed with a decent size that should sit comfortably in your hands, has a similar weight to Xbox’s official wireless controller and performs just as well.
Similar to the Xbox Wireless Controller, you can also mount your phone to the top of the Stratus Duo using the SteelSeries smartgrip attachment. It’s worth noting that while the Stratus Duo features dual compatibility, you can’t use it with iOS devices and Nintendo, PlayStation or Xbox consoles. That aside, the Stratus Duo is up there with the best Xbox Cloud Gaming controllers and should keep you playing on the go without any interruptions thanks to a battery life of up to 20 hours. If you’re playing on mobile, make sure you pick up the SteelSeries Smartgrip so you can attach your phone to the controller.
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 from Amazon for £154.99
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 from Microsoft for $179.99
The best Xbox controller out there (and you’d hope so for the price), there are some major differences between the Series 2 wireless controller and your standard Xbox One pad. Best suited for competitive players, the Series 2 features adjustable-tension thumbsticks for added precision, shorter hair trigger locks for faster firing, a wrap-around rubberised grip that’s as useful as it is comfortable, and the ability to store three custom profiles for controller configurations – perfect for seamlessly switching controller layouts if you’re jumping between genres.
Is the Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 worth grabbing if you’re only playing side-scrolling adventure games or click and point narratives? Probably not. But if you’re looking for the very best controller to keep you at the top of your game when you’re playing ranked online games in first-person-shooters, racers or beat-’em-up games, you won’t find anything better, making this the best controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming if you’re a competitive player.
Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
- Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller (Midnight Blue) from Currys PC World for £44.99
- Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller (Black) from Target for $59.99
As the Game Pass Ultimate library keeps on growing, we’re expecting more PlayStation owners to pick up a subscription and see what all the fuss is about. Thankfully, you can use PlayStation controllers such as the DualShock 4 and the PS5’s DualSense for Xbox Cloud Gaming – Microsoft even lists the controllers as fully supported on its website. If you want to attach your mobile phone to the controller you’ll need to pick up a phone clip. We’d recommend this Bluelake phone clip, one of the strongest third-party DualShock 4 phone clips you’ll find online.
So why the DualShock controller over the DualSense? Now that the PS5 is out, DualShock 4 controllers have been popping up in sales throughout the year, providing an affordable and quality Bluetooth Xbox Cloud Gaming controller for anyone that doesn’t already have a PS4. Eight years after its release, the DualShock 4 is still one of the best Xbox Cloud Gaming controllers you can grab, with plenty of colour waves to choose from. It feels great, looks fantastic, has a speaker at the bottom of the controller and the shoulder buttons are a significant upgrade from the DualShock 3.
8Bitdo Pro 2 Controller
- 8Bitdo Pro 2 Controller from Amazon for £41.99
- 8Bitdo Pro 2 Controller from eBay for $79.95
- 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ Controller from Amazon for $49.99
You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a Nintendo controller. One of the more affordable Xbox Cloud Gaming controllers, the 8bitdo Pro 2 is an upgraded version of the SN30+ Pro featuring two additional rear buttons for mapping, a fantastic retro-inspired D-pad, multiple profiles for storing different controller layouts and plenty of programmable options.
There are four input modes (Android, Windows, iOS and Nintendo Switch), making this a solid choice if you’ve got multiple devices you want to switch between. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, the Pro 2 has a battery life of around 20 hours, is a fantastic alternative to the Switch Pro Controller, and ultimately one of the best third-party controllers for Xbox Cloud Gaming. And if you don’t fancy paying full price, the SN30+ Pro is a cheaper (but still fantastic) option.
Best accessories for Xbox Cloud Gaming
PowerA MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip
- PowerA MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip from Amazon for £9.99
- PowerA Moga Mobile Gaming Clip from Amazon for $10.95
Our top pick for an Xbox Cloud Gaming phone clip, the MOGA mobile clip features rubberised grips to secure your phone without leaving a mark, dual-locking articulation points for easy adjustments if you need a better angle and a maximum width of 79mm – wide enough to fit most modern smartphones.
This is an officially licensed Xbox phone clip so while you can’t expect it to work on most third-party controllers, it’ll work with all official Xbox pads including the Elite and Elite Series 2. It’s strong, secure and very reasonably priced. If you’re already rocking an Xbox controller and need something to secure your smartphone for Xbox Cloud Gaming, this should be your first choice.
Venom Xbox Game Pass Phone Clip
A slightly cheaper alternative to the PowerA MOGA clip (at least in the UK), the Venom Game Pass phone clip is just as well-built and secure but doesn’t offer the same degree of articulation. The clip is large enough to fit most 7″ smartphones and strong enough to keep your phone from falling down once it’s attached. The only downside to the Venom Game Pass phone clip is it isn’t compatible with Xbox Series X/S controllers – it only fits pre-2020 Xbox controllers without the ‘share’ button.
OtterBox Xbox Mobile Gaming Clip
- Otterbox for Xbox Mobile Gaming Clip from Amazon for £18.92
- Otterbox Xbox Mobile Gaming Clip from GameStop for $26.99
The added height of the Otterbox gaming clip means it perfectly distributes the weight of your phone without throwing your Xbox controller off balance. Similar to the VENOM and MOGA phone clips, this only works with first-party Xbox controllers and includes multi-angle adjustment and extendable arms to reach the perfect angle when you’re playing. It’s just as secure as the aforementioned clips too – also a little stronger – but that comes with a price tag that’s nearly double its competitors. If you’d appreciate the extra height and stability and don’t mind paying a little extra for it, the Otterbox mobile gaming clip is great for Xbox Cloud Gaming.
8Bitdo Smart Phone Clip
If you’re considering the 8Bitdo Pro 2 controller we recommended above, you’ll wanna grab this with it. It’s a custom controller clip designed by 8Bitdo specifically for the SN30 Pro+ and Pro 2 controllers and comes in two colours: black or grey (classic). It’s a little different to other phone clips for Xbox Cloud Gaming. It comes in two detachable parts, making it easily transportable, and will support most regular and plus-sized smartphones.
It’s also one of the cheapest phone clips out there, especially considering the quality, and we’d recommend this as an essential purchase to anyone that’s playing Xbox Cloud Gaming with the latest 8Bitdo controllers.
Tyrone GooseNeck Tablet Holder
- Tyrone GooseNeck Tablet Holder from Amazon for £18.99
- Lamicall GooseNeck Tablet Holder from Amazon for $24.99
- Tyrone GooseNeck Phone Holder from Amazon for $17.99
There are loads of GooseNeck tablet holders to choose from on Amazon, but we reckon the Tyrone and Lamicall ones are some of the best on there. They’re strong enough to hold heavy tablets without losing their sturdiness if you angle them correctly, and will hold iPhone and Android tablets sized from four to 10.6 inches.
GooseNeck tablet holders are great because you can attach them to bedside tables or the back of your bed (if there’s room to clip it on) to essentially have a mini TV dangling straight in front of you. And with an overall length of 30 inches, you should be able to angle this however you want without compromising where you can play.
PWR+ Adjustable Tablet Stand
- PWR+ Adjustable Tablet Stand from Amazon for £29.99
- LISTEN Adjustable Tablet Stand from Amazon for $29.99
Simple, slick and does the job. The PWR+ tablet stand is perfect for both smartphones and tablets, with support for smartphones with a width between 4–5.12 inches and tablets 7.48–11 inches. This is a practical solution for anyone that needs a solid tablet stand to place on tables or desks. The metal base stand is sturdy enough to hold any phone or tablet without wobbling or running the risk of being toppled, and the adjustable mount also features a full 360-degree rotation.
As the PWR+ adjustable stand isn’t available in America, we’ve chosen the next best thing: the LISEN adjustable tablet stand with a thickened all-metal support rod and solid metal stand, with a max height of 20.7 inches.
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