Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 Pre Orders Open
Microsoft today announced that the upcoming Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is available for pre-order in Australia ahead of its November 4 release date with a RRP of $249.95AU. Coming four years after the launch of the original Xbox Elite Controller in 2015, Microsoft promises a range of enhancements and refinements to the design of this premium accessory.
Building upon the base of the original design, the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 now offers:
- 3 adjustable tension settings for the thumbsticks
- Shorter ‘hair trigger lock’ settings – presumably this further removes the level of ‘deadzone’ around the triggers and ensures they will engage from much lighter touches. This can also be altered without needing to use the Xbox Accessories app each time.
- Extended rubberised grips towards the top of the controller
- New thumbstick and paddle shapes to choose from
- Three controller profiles up from two on the original model
- USB-C charging input and dock
- A rechargeable battery stated to last up to 40 hours
- A wider range of customisation options through the Xbox Accessories app.
This should serve as exciting news for Xbox fans whose original Elite Controllers may be feeling a tad long in the tooth after years of regular use. While I’m perfectly happy with the base level controller that came with my Xbox One X, other Player2 personalities including editor Matthew Hewson swear by the Elite Controller, especially when it comes to players with larger hands that fatigue when holding regular controllers for extended periods. No matter your feelings on the price, between the Xbox Adaptive Controller and this Elite update, Microsoft definitely seem committed to catering for a wide range of players and their individual needs.
It was whilst toiling away in the bowels of the now mythical Australian Gamer forums that Stephen del Prados attempts at writing were recognised by then up-and-coming Matt ‘Hewso’ Hewson as “not terrible”. Since then Stephen has contributed to such sites as The Age’s now defunct Screen Play, the recently retired Black Panel and currently serves under Editor-in-Chief Hewso for Player2.net.au, at least until the pattern of decline obvious in his previous engagements is picked up by Hewso and he is exiled from games journalism forever