The PDP Afterglow Wave Xbox Series X controller is a wired controller with several customizable features. The controller has eight different LED lighting zones that can be customized to your liking, two programmable back buttons that can be mapped to any button on the controller, and built-in audio controls that allow you to quickly adjust the volume, game/chat balance, and mic mute. The controller is made of a durable plastic material that feels sturdy and is also lightweight, so you can game for hours without feeling fatigued. The controller is compatible with the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and PC platforms.
The overall feel of the PDP Afterglow Wave is good for lack of a better adjective. It feels similar to the Microsoft controller and shouldn’t feel strange or take much getting used to. The biggest performance issue I discovered while using the controller is that PDP opted for a squishy D-pad on the Afterglow Wave. The standard Microsoft controller has a much crisper, clicky D-pad, which helps to provide tactile feedback to the player. PDP’s Afterglow Wave is mushy and, while it does work, doesn’t provide much tactile feedback.
The biggest draws of the PDP Afterglow Wave are its RGB LED lighting and programmable buttons. The controller is compatible with the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. It is also officially licensed by Microsoft. It is designed to be comfortable to hold, with a contoured grip that fits snugly in the hands. The controller also has textured triggers and bumpers, which provide a good grip. The back buttons are also well-placed and easy to reach.
The PDP Afterglow Wave Controller is made of durable materials and feels comfortable to hold onto. The textured triggers provide a good grip, and the back buttons can be programmed to any controller command. The RGB lighting is customizable through the PDP Control Hub app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. Getting the controller plugged into the game console was simply and should not prove challenging.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Overall, the PDP Afterglow Wave Xbox Series X controller is a great choice for gamers who are looking for a wired controller with some programmable buttons and lighting. If you’re looking for a wired controller that offers a little bit of extra flair, the Afterglow Wave is a great option – especially at $44.99! Just know it’s not the most premium of options.