GamingReview: 8BitDo Ultimate Controller with Charging Dock

Review: 8BitDo Ultimate Controller with Charging Dock


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Here is our review of the 8BitDo Ultimate Controller with Charging Dock.

The Ultimate Bluetooth Controller delivers pro-level design and functionality, even supporting full motion control when used via Bluetooth with Nintendo Switch. The Charging Dock included, stores, protects and charges the controller when not in use, switching it off when docked and automatically switching it on when picked up for instant play. The bottom of the Charging Dock houses a powerful USB 2.4G adapter, allowing gamers to use it with Windows PC, and the Controller’s powerful 1000mAh Li-on rechargeable battery will keep gamers going for those longer sessions over the Holidays.

When playing on Windows PC, iOS or Android, gamers are invited to download the powerful Ultimate Software from 8BitDo, affording gamers a raft of customisation options to suit their playing style or create custom profiles. Accessed at a flick of a switch located on the body of the Controller, up to three distinct profiles are available at any time with the Ultimate Bluetooth Controller. Map action buttons, adjust thumbstick tension, modify the vibration intensity, tweak the trigger tension, or even create personalised custom macros; it’s all possible via the slick interface for unrivalled ease.


What’s in the box?

The box contains the controller and charging dock (with a USB adaptor stored in the dock), charging cable and instructions.

A Closer Look

Final Thoughts

The controller is designed to work with a Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, Android and now more recently it works with a SteamDeck.

There are two different connectivity options – either via Bluetooth or via wifi. There is a 2.4g dongle included in the charging stand you can use if Bluetooth isn’t an option. There is a switch on the controller itself to select between Bluetooth and wifi.

Both options are really easy to pair with – just follow the instructions and you will be up and running very quickly.

Charging the controller is simple – just place the controller onto the charging stand and wait. The charging stand connects to power via the supplied cable so you will need to connect that cable to your computer or to a plug. A full charge takes between 2 and 3 hours and you should be able to get around 22 hours or play from that charge – so more than enough! And just having to place the controller back on the stand makes it so much easier to remember to charge!

The controller itself is very comfortable to use, even for extended periods of time – the buttons and sticks are well placed and feel good to use and there are even pro-level back buttons that you dont normally find on a standard controller.

The controller is customisable via the 8BitDo Ultimate Software which works on either Windows, iOS or Android. Customise button mapping, adjust stick and trigger sensitivity, vibration control and create macros with any button combination. Create controller profiles and switch between them at any time with the custom profile switch.

If you are looking for a great customisable controller for your Switch, or for Windows or your SteamDeck, then you will really want to check out the 8BitDo Ultimate Controller – you wont be disappointed.

The 8BitDo Ultimate Controller with Charging Dock is available now priced around £59.99.

You can learn more about the 8BitDo Ultimate Controller from their website.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.
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