Power A Spectra Infinity Wired Enhanced Controller
The Xbox Series controller features a broad array of RGB and comes with programmable buttons.
When it comes to third-party controllers for the Xbox Series, the selection is pretty limited with the console only being eight months old at this point. One manufacturer that has already released several alternatives for the new-gen console though is Power A, with its Spectra Infinity Wired Enhanced Controller being one of its latest. The controller retails for £39.99 and its strapline features include two programmable buttons, three-way trigger locks, and the ability to fully customise its LED display through a range of 20 vivid colours.
In terms of its appearance, the device does an admirable job of replicating the look and feel of Microsoft's first-party controllers. The D-pad and rear bumpers feel really punchy to use and it feels almost identical when it comes to its weight. It's awfully comfortable to use too, as it has a smooth matte finish on its body and its back is coated with tiny bumps to allow for tighter grip. What I will say though is that the front of the controller shows dirt really easily and I found that the X, Y, B, A and Home buttons had a noticeably budget feel to them.
The most standout part of its appearance though is its customisable LED lights. Here users can select between 20 different vivid colours and this is achieved on the controller itself and not through any PC software. To start switching colours you have to hold down the LED button on the back; the left and right buttons on the D-pad are used to switch between three regions on the controller and you can change colours by pushing the X, Y, A, and B buttons (these enable you to move between their respective colours). In addition to all of this, there are also two different modes: Static and Breathe that can be easily toggled between.
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Another strapline feature is that the controller has two programmable buttons, which is a handy option indeed for games that demand quick actions. Programming these buttons is nearly identical to the LED lights as you just need to hold down the Program button on the back and then select the button you want to assign followed by the button you want to assign it to. The buttons themselves have a snappy feel to them and what is great is that your settings remain intact, even if you turn off the console. Additionally, there are also three different trigger locks on the back that control the force required on the LT and RT buttons.
Whilst it does strive to mirror the Xbox Series controller, the Spectra Infinity still has a few surprises up its sleeve. Towards the bottom of the controller there is a headphone control switch that enables you to make some quick adjustments to your audio. By pushing the switch in you can mute and unmute audio and the volume can be raised and lowered by moving its dial left and right. Additionally, I was surprised to see that the controller had rumble support to help immerse the player and I found this to really pack a punch.
It may have some pretty alluring features but the controller suffers from two major setbacks: its price and wired design. The controller retails for £39.99 and that isn't too short of the much superior Xbox One controller at £49.99 and the Xbox Series controller at £54.99. I can see many people also being turned off by the fact that it is constantly tethered to the console and there's no option to use it on PC. That said, the braided cable is pretty lengthy at 3M and you, of course, won't need to purchase batteries or spend time charging.
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The Power A Spectra Infinity Wired Enhanced Controller might not have what it takes to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Microsoft's first-party controllers, but it's still a solid option for those seeking a second for local co-op. The device replicates the look and feel of an Xbox controller and it offers a lot of flexibility with its programmable switches and customisable LED display. That said, its price falls within the same ballpark as first-party Xbox controllers and it is limited by the fact that it is completely wired.
7 / 10
It has a customisable LED display, it replicates the look of an Xbox controller, its buttons feel punchy.
It's only wired, it's not that less expensive than Xbox controllers, some of the buttons have a budget feel to them.