Tailored for Xbox Game Pass

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Cloud gaming is extremely straightforward and has a unique pick-up-and-play factor to it. The GameSir X2 Pro is the latest Xbox-focused Android controller for cloud gaming, and it gives a little more power to the player in terms of customization.

The GameSir X2 Pro is a direct brother to the GameSir X2, which was released over a year ago. Since then, the company has made some unique advancements in the line, adding a little flare for hardcore mobile gamers with the likes of the GameSir X3, a bright and flashy gaming controller that felt a bit unnecessary. The GameSir X2 Pro, however, is building on a tried-and-true design with some small tweaks here and there.

Compatibility and customization

The GameSir X2 Pro is a gamepad designed specifically for Android USB-C devices. With a USB-C plug for setting your device inside the gamepad’s cradle, you can connect any modern Android phone and get to playing immediately.

What makes the X2 Pro unique is the heavy focus on Xbox – specifically, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. What’s immediately apparent when opening the Xbox Game Pass app on Android is the ease of use that comes with it. The controller is mapped out to work perfectly with the Microsoft app and lets you take advantage of the Xbox menu directly from the controller.

Alternatively, the controller still works perfectly well with other services like Stadia, Amazon Luna, and GeForce Now. From the GameSir app itself, you can launch those services with a couple taps – though launching the app natively is always an easier option.

No matter which gaming app you use, you’ll find that the X2 Pro will be able to handle it, in part, due to its major improvements over the X2. This year, the X2 Pro comes with a few distinct points of customization, much like the X3 but without all of the lights and hefty fan.

On the front, your first customization option is the face buttons. Those buttons – ABXY – are removable, so long as you have long fingernails or a small prying tool. Held in by magnets, the buttons are able to pop out and be placed in a different slot.

Doing this allows you to change the button layout to that of the Nintendo Switch if were inclined to do so. Once you do that, you can head into GameSir’s app and choose the Switch’s layout so that the buttons will work properly.

Another big added feature is the two rear buttons. Depending on your preference, you can map those buttons to any function that the other buttons take on. In order to do so, you have to complete a rather intricate process using the “View” and “Menu” buttons on the front of the controller. Personally, I don’t necessarily have a need for remapped rear buttons, though there’s undoubtedly a large market for custom controls.

Controls and comfort

GameSir stuffed a lot in terms of controls into the X2 Pro. On the face, you have two ALPS joysticks, which feel pretty good, though I wish they weren’t so stiff. It feels as though I have to put more…

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