The X2 Pro is GameSir’s first officially licensed mobile controller designed specifically for use with Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming. It improves on the previous X2 Mobile controller in many ways by adding features that deserve the “Pro” moniker, such as programmable back buttons, interchangeable joystick caps, and customizable face buttons to suit your style of play. While the compact size isn’t comfortable for long gaming sessions, it’s still a great option for gaming on the go with your Android phone.
GameSir X2 Pro – Pictures
GameSir X2 Pro: Design and Features
The X2 Pro is designed to work with most Android phones running Android 8.0 or later and is equipped with a USB-C port for charging. The controller features an expandable design similar to the spine one Prayed Razer Kishi V2 to support Android phones with the length from 110 to 179mm. It also features an articulating USB-C connector that allows for a more universal fit and even fits most phone cases.
Because the USB-C connector plugs directly into your phone for power, you don’t have to worry about pairing or potential latency that Bluetooth can introduce while gaming. And since it works with your Android phone, you don’t have to worry about your controller running out of battery during use. However, if your phone is If you’re running low on battery during gameplay, you can simply plug a USB-C cable into the bottom of the X2 Pro controller, as it features USB-C pass-through charging for compatible Android devices.
Since the X2 Pro is designed for Xbox, it features dual-jog analog sticks, the Xbox button, the Xbox-style A, B, X, Y button layout, as well as the Menu and View buttons found on Xbox controllers. X|S series. . It is fully compatible with the Xbox Game Pass app on Android and supports Xbox Remote Play from your local console over Wi-Fi. Even better, it includes a free 1-month Xbox Game Pass code to get you started, though it’s for new members only and doesn’t stack with existing memberships.
The analog sticks are super fast and responsive, but have a rather small diameter by default. Fortunately, the X2 Pro includes two different sets of rubber joystick caps in convex and concave variants that make the sticks feel much better to use. If you prefer a different design for the face buttons, they can be easily removed and interchanged thanks to a unique magnetic system. The software can also be configured to match your preferred layout.
Below the left stick is a very Clicky D-Pad with very low travel. It definitely has a different feel than the standard Xbox D-Pad, but it’s extremely responsive. Just below the D-Pad is a screenshot button which unfortunately didn’t work with the Android phone I was testing the controller with.
On top of the X2 Pro are two Kailh micro-switch mechanical side buttons that are quick and responsive thanks to the tactical feedback they provide. GameSir claims that they feature around 40% less travel distance than standard membrane controller buttons. Just behind the side buttons are two very smooth analog triggers that offer precise control down to 0.1mm.
The rear of the X2 Pro features slightly raised textured grips for comfort, with a customizable rear button embedded on each side. The controller’s mostly rectangular shape isn’t the most comfortable design to hold, but its rounded edges and small grips help it fit a bit in the hand.
The X2 Pro is available in two colors: Midnight (black) and Moonlight (white) and includes a zippered hard case to store the controller, as well as space for a charging cable for your phone or headphones if desired.
GameSir X2 Pro – Software
While the X2 Pro is plug-and-play out of the box with most Android phones, you can download the free GameSir mobile app to enhance your experience. In the app, you’ll find a Discover page that features a collection of mobile and cloud streaming games that you can tap into, as well as a Category tab if you want to explore a specific genre. Most of the recommendations are filled with typical Android mobile game fare, but there are plenty of standouts that are playable on mobile, like Apex Legends, Dead Cells, Genshin Impact, and more.
GameSir X2 Pro – Software
The other use of the GameSir app is to easily customize your controller and update its firmware when necessary. While you can easily change the ABXY button layout with a tap, there’s no way to customize the back buttons from within the app, which seems like an odd omission. Additionally, there is a Help tab that includes everything in the driver’s small manual.
Outside of the app, you’ll be able to customize the two rear buttons on the fly by holding down the Menu, View, and rear button for a few seconds, followed by binding the desired button to lock it.
GameSir X2 Pro – Games
As we move towards a streaming-focused future with all of our media, many are still trying to figure out the best way to play on the go. While I still don’t think these expandable controllers are the perfect solution, I think the elegance of connecting your phone and not having to worry about pairing or charging a separate device is definitely a step in the right direction.
The X2 Pro delivers on its promise of excellent performance and “Pro” level features that make playing your games on the go an enjoyable experience. Since the controller is designed with Xbox Cloud Gaming in mind, I spent most of my time jumping into a number of different games from the Xbox Game Pass catalog.
From fast-paced FPS games like Doom Eternal and Metal: Hellsingers to navigating Mexico in Forza Horizon 5, I was impressed with the X2 Pro’s responsiveness. I definitely recommend using one of the joystick cap options, as the default joysticks are incredibly small and I noticed my fingers slipping frequently while making quick movements.
Despite the heavy emphasis on Xbox, the X2 Pro works with all the major cloud gaming services, including Nvidia GeForce Now, Amazon Luna, and more. Plus, it works with most mobile games you can download from the Google Play store, like Apex Legends Mobile, Genshin Impact, Call of Duty Mobile, and more.
My main gripe with the X2 Pro controller is its lack of ergonomics and the placement of the right stick. As mentioned above, the X2 pro is basically a small rectangle with rounded edges, and the bottom half quickly dug into my palms and caused discomfort, so it’s not the most comfortable controller to hold for long periods of time. . Also, the offset nature of the right stick places it very low on the controller, which required moving my right hand down a bit when playing FPS games. This isn’t a problem with normal controllers, as they have a stem for hand-holding, but the lack of stems on the X2 Pro makes it a bit awkward to hold at times.