8BitDo, the third-party video game hardware company, has just added a new pair of officially licensed media remotes for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One. As reported by The Verge, the controllers are meant to provide a suitable experience for Xbox users who utilize streaming services or the consoles’ built-in 4K Blu-ray player. As for the remotes, there will be two available for purchase: a black model retailing for $24.99 and a white version retailing for $19.99. The black version is slightly bigger than the white remote and also includes a full numpad, while, the white remote is smaller and more compact.
Designed for Xbox. Effortlessly control your favorite media on Xbox with 8BitDo Media Remote. Compatible with Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
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Despite the size, color, and numpad difference, the remotes are almost identical when it comes to features. Both include a home button that allows you to “wake” your Xbox up, playback controls, navigation controls, and A/B/X/Y keys for navigating menus. Some other exceptional touches of the remotes are that they come with a set of complimentary AAA batteries and backlighting for the buttons so that they are easily identifiable in dark lighting.
As for media remotes, there is a lot of companies that make them, so of course, 8BitDo isn’t the only option on the market. For example, a company called PDP also makes one that has been a hit with Xbox users on Amazon, although 8BitDo’s new models seem like a compelling option. With an unbeatable price, a comprehensive layout, and a design similar to the consoles, 8BitDo’s remotes may be an option for you if you’re on the hunt for a media remote and as of today, consumers can pre-order both remotes with initial orders shipping as early as September.