It happens every time — you get a new device and you want to trick it out so it’s even cooler than it was. The Xbox One is certainly no different, and this is why there are many companies selling Xbox One controller mods. There are quite a few options available already, including both cosmetic and functionality upgrades to your Xbox One controller. There’s so much you can do with a controller to make it your own!
We’ve rounded up the best Xbox One controller mods currently available:
One of the biggest problems with the Xbox One controller is the fact that the hard plastic can leave your hands sweaty after long Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare play sessions. Your hands start sliding out of control, and then there goes your ratio. The SquidGrip provides a low-profile, firm-padded surface for your hands that makes gripping the controller easier.
- Moisture-wicking technology
- Superior grip and comfort
- Peel and stick easy installation
- Anti-Microbial and Sweat free
- Very thick
- Still some sweat
- Chemical smell
2. Colored Chrome Housing Shells
There are quite a few ways to customize your Xbox One controller. You can spend over $100 to purchase specially created custom designs, add custom stickers that stick to your Xbox One controller, or you can purchase housing shells like these from e-Mods. There are three colors available, including blue, gold, and chrome, and the shells snap onto your controller, replacing the old faceplate. Turn your dull black controller into a colorful one.
- Quick way to add color
- No paint (color molded into plastic)
- Need a T8 tool to install
- Makes your hands sweat more
- Only three colors
3. Metal Analog Thumbsticks
Another great way to customize your Xbox One controller is to mod the thumbsticks — yes, it’s possible. E-Mods also has colored metal thumbsticks available that are made from high grade aluminum, making the sticks actually stronger than the original plastic thumbsticks. There are many colors available, including blue, red and gold. Unfortunately, you need a T8 screwdriver to install them, but once they’re installed they look great!
- Many colors available
- Have to take controller apart to install
- Not the same feel as original sticks
- Necessary T8 screwdriver not included
4. Trigger Treadz
One of the biggest problems with the Xbox One controller is that it’s made entirely of plastic, and therefore has no texture to it. You can add grips to the controller with SquidGrip, but you can also add traction to the top triggers, greatly improving the grip. They’re made from high-grade 3M silicon rubber and come in two different designs: racing rubber and all terrain.
- Easily attaches to controller
- Feels just like a tire
- Two different designs
- No grips available for bumpers
- Only comes in black
- Doesn’t cover entire trigger