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8BitDo made a pair of affordable media remotes for the Xbox Series X/S


Peripheral-maker 8BitDo is best known for its retro-inspired wireless controllers, but for its latest release, the company has come out with a pair of officially licensed media remotes for the Xbox Series X, Series S and Xbox One. Spotted by The Verge, the two remotes cost $19.99 and $24.99, with the more expensive model featuring an additional numpad. The "Long Edition" also comes in black instead of white. Outside of those differences, the two remotes are nearly identical. Both include a dedicated Home button, allowing you to use them to wake your Xbox.

How the Smart Remote Lost Its Way


Quin Werthauer was enjoying a cup of coffee in his kitchen when he heard the news. "Oh, shit," he thought as he read the email on his phone. For the last decade, Werthauer has run a repair store for Logitech Harmony remotes out of his home on Long Island. A client had sent him word that the company was giving up on the devices, and that it would no longer manufacture what had become the gold standard in remote controls. It would sell off whatever stock remained, and keep adding to its sprawling database of supported devices.

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