Elite Xbox Wireless Controller Series 2 released (£160)

by Mark Tyson on 5 November 2019, 13:11

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Microsoft has released the Elite Xbox Wireless Controller Series 2. This advanced controller is now available at the usual gaming hardware retailers in the high street and online at around £160 in the UK (including a direct from Microsoft choice, via the link above). For the price you get over 30 advancements delivered by this pro-gaming PC-friendly hardware sequel.

Highlights of the new design are that it features the following:

  • adjustable-tension thumbsticks
  • shorter hair trigger locks
  • wrap around rubber textured grips
  • new re-engineered interchangeable components
  • up to 40 hours of rechargeable battery life via internal battery
  • case/dock has built-in charger
  • 3x custom profiles and 1x default profile on the controller
  • voice commands
  • customisation via the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One and Windows 10

When you buy this controller, you will find quite a number of components in the box alongside the controller and case, as follows - Set of 6 thumbsticks: Standard (2), Classic (2), Tall (1), Wide Dome (1), Set of 4 paddles: Medium (2), Mini (2), Set of 2 D-pads: Standard, Faceted, Thumbstick-adjustment tool, Charging dock & USB-C cable. That is quite a lot of kit.

Of course the advancement in price compared to the original Elite Xbox Wireless Controller, from £120 to £160, might put some people off, as that is almost the price of a console bundled with a standard controller. Serious gamers might find the extras and advancements irresistible, and PC gamers are quite used to splashing similar amounts on peripherals.



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Because it's not like the first one was prohibitively expensive enough already…
FRISH
Because it's not like the first one was prohibitively expensive enough already…
Trust me, having owned an elite controller for the last four years (still going strong) if you are serious about gaming on a console they are worth every penny :-)
MaddogPepper
FRISH
Because it's not like the first one was prohibitively expensive enough already…
Trust me, having owned an elite controller for the last four years (still going strong) if you are serious about gaming on a console they are worth every penny :-)
While your experiences seem to be different, there do seem to be others that have had complaints with the controller. This seems to be why they are addressing quality as a perk for the 2nd controller in the video. Personally when I splurge I may get impressed for a couple of days and then it loses its special touch. Sometimes expensive products seem to have their own set of issues where you don't exactly get what you pay for. I'd kind of like another controller, but I'm sure as hell not spending that amount on one. I mostly use mouse and keyboard though.
FRISH
MaddogPepper
FRISH
Because it's not like the first one was prohibitively expensive enough already…
Trust me, having owned an elite controller for the last four years (still going strong) if you are serious about gaming on a console they are worth every penny :-)
While your experiences seem to be different, there do seem to be others that have had complaints with the controller. This seems to be why they are addressing quality as a perk for the 2nd controller in the video. Personally when I splurge I may get impressed for a couple of days and then it loses its special touch. Sometimes expensive products seem to have their own set of issues where you don't exactly get what you pay for. I'd kind of like another controller, but I'm sure as hell not spending that amount on one. I mostly use mouse and keyboard though.

Yeah there is no doubt that there were some well publicised issues with the elite, but there are issues with any product you tend to only hear about problems via the media and not the thousands of people who have no issues at all. Wait until Black Friday you might be able to pick one up for a reasonable price or even buy an elite 1 they will be dirt cheap now and they are still brilliant controllers imho
And here I am spending years wrangling over whether I can justify replacing my 360 controller with a Steam controller.