Xbox Elite 2 controller coming November 4th for $179.99

David Matthews

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Today, Microsoft announced the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, the sequel to its popular customizable controller. Microsoft says the controller has been completely redesigned with new adjustable tension thumbsticks to improve precision, updated triggers, and new bumpers with shorter action for faster responses.

The update looks to be a worthy successor considering ongoing durability issues for the first iteration. The controller charges via USB-C and supports Bluetooth. You won't be charging it very often as Microsoft claims about 40 hours per charge. If you played at least two hours every day, you could potentially get around 20 days of playtime.

In addition to the aforementioned updates, other changes include rubberized grips, the ability to store up to three different profiles, and support for both Windows PC and Xbox One. Microsoft says it re-engineered the controller for better durability which should be a breath of fresh air for gamers looking to upgrade.

The new controller is scheduled to release on November 4th for $179.99 in 24 countries. Pre-orders go live later tonight.

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retsxel

In 35 years of gaming I have never had to replace a controller as many times as I've had to replace Xbox One controllers. I think I'm up to 6 times now.

I would never spend $179 on a controller.
Right there with you. For $180 it had better come gold plated, survive any physical abuse(it can't) and offer something no other controller does, which it doesn't.

Microsoft? Are we trying to emulate Apple here? STOP IT! You're not Apple and you never will be and the Xbox will never be the iPhone/iPad of the gaming world. Seriously, you're trying to hard to play catch-up and everyone can see it.
 

Kashim

TS Addict
The regular wireless controllers (both Sony and Microsoft) are already too expensive. You would think the price would have dropped over time since they've been around for so many years now, but they're priced pretty much the same as they were when first released. But anyway, who are these people willing to spend $180 on a controller? I would like to befriend some of them and perhaps borrow money. :)
 

Adi6293

TS Maniac
In 35 years of gaming I have never had to replace a controller as many times as I've had to replace Xbox One controllers. I think I'm up to 6 times now.

I would never spend $179 on a controller.
I dont know what you're doing with them, I had my Xbox One for 3 years and I sold it to my friend nearly 2 years ago when I was upgrading to the X, he is still using the original controller that is nearly 5 years old now :)
 

Vulcanproject

TS Evangelist
The elite has terrible build quality, much worse than the standard controller yet it cost three times the price. Constant grips falling off, USB ports breaking and analogue stick drift even after only occasional use. As a bonus it had a very short warranty.

I suffered issues and I went back for more punishment because fundamentally its such a good feeling when it works. Tactile and responsive.

For the money they want for this it better be everything the old one was and then a lot more. It better have the handling of a Ferrari, the build quality of a Lexus and the finish of a Pagani.

I'm a self admitted sucker for this so I'll probably buy one if I see one at a good price eventually.
 
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m4a4

TS Evangelist
In 35 years of gaming I have never had to replace a controller as many times as I've had to replace Xbox One controllers. I think I'm up to 6 times now.

I would never spend $179 on a controller.
I've replaced a grand total of...... 0/4 of my xbox one controllers. I don't know what you're doing, but mine are lasting more than long enough for how old they are now...
 

Namtrooper

TS Enthusiast
I dont know what you're doing with them, I had my Xbox One for 3 years and I sold it to my friend nearly 2 years ago when I was upgrading to the X, he is still using the original controller that is nearly 5 years old now :)[/QUOTE]

I have to agree the standard Xbox one controller is where it's at. I've read and seen too many vids and complaints on forums of the elite controller wearing out too quickly. 180USD? STEEP.