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The Pro 2 is 8BitDo’s most advanced wireless pad to date

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As well as having one of the best brand names going, 8BitDo makes some of the very best third-party controllers out there to boot, and its latest is the most feature-packed yet. The Pro 2 (£42) builds on the Pro+ before it, featuring an enhanced grip and two mappable back buttons, which sit underneath the triggers. The placement of these buttons, to which you can assign any function or macro, means you don’t need to take your thumbs off the thumbsticks at all while playing. In addition, you can dynamically switch between three custom profiles to suit the game or system, while a 4-way Mode Switch button allows you to hop between your different connected Bluetooth devices, faff-free. The Nintendo Switch, PC, macOS and Android are all supported. There’s a USB cable in the box too if you prefer wired play. Playtime is rated at 20 hours, with a four-hour recharge time. You can pre-order yours now.

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I'm fascinated by all things tech, but if you were going to leave me on a desert island, I'd probably ask for my Nintendo Switch, a drone, and a pair of noise-cancelling cans to block out the relentless seagull racket. When I'm not on Stuff duty you'll probably find me subscribing to too many podcasts, playing too many video games, or telling anyone who will listen that Spurs are going to win a trophy this season.

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