New 8BitDo Final controller is coming in October

8BitDo is testing the pro controller market with the release of the 8BitDo Ultimate Controller, which is currently available for preorder on Amazon and starts shipping on October 28th. Older 8BitDo controllers such as the SN30 Pro and Pro 2 have offered a variety of compatibility options thanks to their Bluetooth connectivity, but the Main Controller will be available in three different configurations — Bluetooth ($69.99), 2.4Ghz ($49.99), or wired. ( $34.99) — based on your preferred console and connectivity method.

The Bluetooth model will also come packaged with a 2.4Ghz wireless adapter and, along with the wired model, be compatible with Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android, and iOS devices. The exclusive 2.4Ghz model will not be compatible with the Switch, but retains all the other previous connectivity options.

The controller will be available in black, white, and pink.

Previous 8BitDo controllers have repeated classic designs from Sega and Nintendo, but the Ultimate controller is more like the contemporary model you’d associate with a PlayStation or Xbox, complete with an asymmetrical analog stick and a pair of rear paddles for additional input. However, the Ultimate Controller will offer a premium set of features that you would normally find on a controller that costs twice as much. As well as being offered in black, white, and pink, the Ultimate Controller wireless model comes with its own charging dock.

The charging dock also doubles as an access point for the 2.4Ghz adapter.

Perhaps the coolest new feature that comes with the new Ultimate controller, however, is the new 8BitDo controller software suite, which will allow you to remap and fine-tune your controls on PC, Android, and iOS devices. You will be able to store your preferences in up to three separate profiles, stored separately on the controller hardware.

The controller software is accessible on PCs and mobile devices.

We’re still waiting to get our hands on this controller, but based on its features, the Main Controller seems poised to serve as a more capable alternative to the official Switch Pro controller and a worthy successor to the 8BitDo Pro 2.

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