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Leaked images show Microsoft's new Xbox Elite Wireless controller

By midian182 ยท 4 replies
Jan 17, 2018
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  1. Back at E3 2015, Microsoft introduced the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, a $149 device that Xbox boss Phil Spenser called “an elite controller for the elite gamer.” Now, it looks as if the next generation is on its way.

    An anonymous poster on Chinese site Baidu has uploaded images of what appears to be a new version of the Xbox Elite controller. They claim it will feature a USB Type-C port for charging and come with a new case that can also act as a charger. The current model features a Micro-USB port and runs on AA batteries.

    Another user, EDDS86, uploaded a picture (top) to Reddit showing off the entire controller.

    The new device is also said to come with Bluetooth support for Windows 10 gaming, a three-stage hair trigger lock, longer key travel for the interchangeable paddles, and a switch that lets users select between three profiles.

    Back in December, Microsoft field a patent for an adjustable tension thumbstick mechanism. It appears to have made its way into the new Xbox Elite, allowing users to configure the sticks to their preferred stiffness.

    Additionally, there are three LEDs on the controller. It’s thought that these are related to either the battery life or the different user profiles.

    Finally, it looks as if some parts of the original design have been changed, including an improved grip that should allow it to last longer before wearing down. The base of the analog sticks are now glossy, instead of the matt finish found in the current version.

    No word on when Microsoft is planning to unveil the new controller, but E3 could be a safe bet. Don’t be surprised if the price is higher than $149.

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  2. Namtrooper

    Namtrooper TS Enthusiast Posts: 38   +22

    I dunno. I've heard too many horrors of stick drift etc, on the current elite controller.
    If I spend 150usd on a controller I'd like it to last, thank you very much.
    I don't abuse my controllers btw.
    I'll wait for an overall verdict from general users after 12 months of use.
  3. Luay

    Luay TS Enthusiast Posts: 91   +17

    I use the Xbox One controller for PC gaming and I get complaints at home from the plastic on plastic "tak tak" noise. If this one comes with a rubber frame around the analog stick and rubber pads for the buttons then I would be willing to shell out its price.
  4. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    Bought a "broken" one for cheap and adjusted dead zone for the minimum amount, now it works perfectly and haven't got any issues with it in the 1000+h of gaming. Bought also unused one for 90$ and it has no problems either. Wouldn't pay the full 150$ though as they aren't perfect, 100$ or less seems OK.
  5. RaXoR

    RaXoR TS Addict Posts: 116   +82

    More like $60 seems more reasonable. They are overpriced as hell.

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