The Microsoft Surface device family comes with a gorgeous HD display, stereo speakers, and the power of the Windows ecosystem; gaming on the devices is enjoyable. Currently, many game titles are available on the Windows Store and Steam Store for your Surface tablet.

For most PC games, the mouse and keyboard are the primary devices for controlling the games. However, some games are more enjoyable with a dedicated gaming controller. Here, we round up the best compatible gaming controllers on your Microsoft Surface tablet.

Best Gaming Controller for Microsoft Surface
Xbox Wireless Controller - White
1. Xbox Wireless Controller - White
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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
2. Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
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$149.99 22% OFF
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller for Windows & Xbox 360 Console
3. Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller for Windows & Xbox 360 Console
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4 Xbox Wireless Controller

Xbox Wireless Controller - White
Price: $66.99
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The latest version of the Xbox Wireless controller, with its latest design and textured grip, makes you feel more comfortable with your gaming experience. It now comes with built-in Bluetooth technology, which allows you to play games with your Surface Pro or Surface Book with Windows 10 with Anniversary Update without a wired or dongle.

This new Xbox Wireless controller also doubles its wireless range up to 12 meters (40 feet) compared to the previous controllers. This regular Xbox Wireless controller also supports custom button mapping via the Xbox Accessories app on Windows 10.

  • Connectivity: Wired (MicroUSB cable), Wireless (Xbox Wireless Adapter or Bluetooth required Windows 10 with Anniversary Update)

5 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller-22%
Price: $116.90
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If you want to be a pro gamer, This Xbox One Elite Controller is the right choice. It has the same overall appearance as the regular Xbox Wireless controller above. However, most parts are swappable.

The Elite package comes with four paddles, six thumbsticks, and two D-pads: faced and standard. All those parts allow you to customize your gaming experience and personal preferences. Four additional paddles are on the rear, which can be mapped with the Xbox Accessories app on Windows 10 or Xbox One.

  • Connectivity: Wired (MicroUSB cable) and Wireless (via Xbox Wireless Adapter)

6 Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller for Windows & Xbox 360 Console
Price: $57.46
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If you want a budget gaming controller, this Xbox 360 wired controller is the right choice. Even though it is getting a bit old now, it still has a compact and ergonomic shape that allows you to play comfortably for hours.

It has vibration feedback that gives you a better feel for the gaming experience. Connecting to your Surface tablet is as easy as eight, and Windows 10 already has the built-in driver for the Xbox 360 accessories.

  • Connectivity: Wired (connected USB cable)


For most gaming users, the Xbox Wireless controller is the best in price, comfort, and design. However, if you want a budget gaming controller, the Xbox 360 Wired controller is still the best and works well even with your older Surface RT or Surface 2 tablet.