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PowerA's pastel controllers are a great way to spend the summer indoors playing video games

For years, Xbox's game has been on point when it comes to colourful controller designs. Microsoft has produced several creative variations of its controllers since the Xbox One generation, including limited editions and the Xbox Design Lab, and this momentum hasn't ceased with the Xbox Series X / S consoles.

Meanwhile, the third-party Xbox controller market is bigger than ever, and companies like PowerA are bringing new hues to the market at low rates, like as the recently introduced pastel variety of the $37.99 PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller for Xbox and PC.

Purple camo, lavender swirl, pink lemonade, pastel dream, and cotton candy blue are among the new pastel colours for the Enhanced Wired range, which were first announced in March as a spring collection.

With its elegant yellow-to-pink gradient, pink lemonade appeared to be the apparent victor at first, but now that I've seen and touched all five colours in person, I can confidently pronounce cotton candy blue the greatest looker.

It's a striking yet gentle monochromatic shade on this controller, albeit it's a bit more seafoam blueish-greenish than its name suggests.

However, each of the five pastel designs has its own distinct personality, thanks to the different usage of gradients, mottled patterns, and/or two-tone contrast on the front and back.

Although it's a shame that these controllers still use Micro USB connectors, I will give PowerA credit for including a white detachable cable with each one to better fit the light and airy design.

I'd still want to see a completely new version of the Enhanced Wired Controller that supports USB-C and maybe even adds a couple extra rear configurable buttons without adding too much clutter. But, flaws aside, there's a lot to like about these vibrant new hues' appearance.

The Enhanced Wired Controller is our top pick for the best budget Xbox controller, thanks to its low price and ability to deliver all of the vital features of a wired controller.

These new colours don't go so far as to improve a good thing because they're functionally same, but they're fresh enough to make them feel improved.

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