Afterglow Prismatic Wired Controller for Xbox One Review

A controller, for most, is a very unique purchase. Some want a performance device, others look for a stylish new edition to their hardware collection. With that I introduce you to the Afterglow Prismatic Wired Controller for Xbox One from Performance Designed Products (PDP).

There are many controllers you can purchase today as the Xbox One has been out over 2 years; however, whilst there are number of special edition controllers around, there’s not a great deal to separate them other than their colour schemes. Enter this offering from PDP – which glows in the dark! The Afterglow controller certainly gives you a different look while you’re in full gaming mode (especially in the dark).

Many of you will have had your hands on a PDP controller at one point or another if you owned an Xbox 360. The PDP controllers have been fan favourite for quite some time and it’s easy to see why – they look like nothing else on the market! Putting aside the unique selling point on offer here, does this controller offer the quality and precision it should? Read on to see!




The iconic signature of an Afterglow controller is the full LED stripe that runs along the edge of the entire controller, as you can see in the images and in our unboxing video. Both colour and brightness of the LED can be adjusted easily. Equipped with the highest quality ALPS analog sticks available, the Afterglow Prismatic Wired Controller offers solid gaming control and precision. There’s an integrated 3.5mm Audio Jack & Controls: Hook up your headset to the 3.5mm audio jack and enjoy chat and volume controls located directly on the controller. On the back of the controller are Dual Multi-Function Wheels with 6 programmable actions, allowing you to customize your Afterglow Prismatic Controller to fit your gaming style.

Dual Rumble Motors & Impulse Triggers let you feel the action through your controller, in exactly the same way as the standard Xbox One controllers, ensuring you are fully immersed in your games and enjoy the experience. The Afterglow controller is compatible with the Xbox Accessories configuration app, so you can create, modify, save, and instantly recall custom profiles. As the Afterglow is a wired controller it does include a detachable 10ft (yes, I said 10ft) wire. There’s both an upside and downside with wired controllers; the upside is no need to worry about your controller running out half way through a full on round Rocket League, but the downside is the dreaded buzzing noise a wired controller makes whilst in party chat.

Looks aren’t everything… right?

As you can see in the video above the controller is awesome to look at, but how does it feel you may ask?

The shell is made from a solid plastic that surprisingly doesn’t feel very slippery at all; in fact it actually felt comfortable to hold even after a few hours of gameplay. The buttons also feel comfortable and of good quality, especially the triggers. As you can see in the video there are two wheel buttons on eth rear of the controller, next to the Afterglow button. The two wheel buttons  can be mapped to any other button. We’ve experimented with many layouts for different games – which can be saved using the Accessories App, by the way – and often ended up mapping the back buttons to the L3 and R3 buttons (clicking in left stick and right stick).

Many games – including Halo, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, and more – use a click of the stick to engage a run or sprint running to. This often puts extra stress on the thumbs, resulting in pain over short play times. The ability to remap the run – and often the zoom for weapons – to these back buttons is great. This controller is a go-to for first person shooters, and other games as well. Those who play FPS titles, however, will have the most to gain from the mapping ability.


The Verdict

Performance Designed Products have really made a solid and exciting piece of hardware. The buttons are quality, as are the thumb sticks. The LED system might just be a fun gimmick but its inclusion certainly hasn’t impacted negatively on the form or function of the controller.

Overall, it is hard to not recommend the Afterglow Prismatic wired Xbox One controller from Performance Design Products. Although you lose the wireless functionality, these controllers are even cheaper than your standard Xbox One controller from Microsoft and offer greater customisation thanks to the programmable buttons. Any one with reservations because of past experiences with Afterglow controllers really shouldn’t be worried. The design, construction, and functionality of this controller are on par with standard Xbox One controllers, and it’s a much cheaper option than the new Xbox One Elite Controller.

RRP for the Afterglow Prismatic Wired Controller for Xbox One is $49.99, and you can grab one on Amazon right now for a very reasonable £37.90.

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An eyecatching design that offers some surprising features for a very reasonable asking price.
  • Overall


This is a great piece of kit that will serve you well. The quality you expect from a product carrying the Xbox name is present even though the price is a lot lower than the official controllers.


Mike "Nanaki VIII" Riley

Hey I'm Mike Riley, I've been gaming for 20+ years and I'm still loving it!!

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