Elite Series 2 $179.99 (11/4/19 Release Date)

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Definitely a major flaw on an otherwise amazing controller. When that happened to mine, I put on some aftermarket grips that work great. The bumpers need to be made of sterner stuff as well. If you've ever replaced them, it's just a thin bit of plastic inside holding them together.
These after market replacement grips... I'd like to know more please. Thankfully as far as buttons go everything has been perfectly fine, but those stupid grips are bull$#!+.
 

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Thanks! I'll check these out after work tonight.

EDIT: Update; picked up the scuf pro grip handle kit. So far I'm likin' it! Hope these hold up better than the elite's genuine grips do! I was a little worried it might feel to foreign, for lack of a better term, but it feels fine, more grippy than the default grip. Using the medium replacement sticks as well which are also extra grippy. Thanks for the recommendation!
 
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Can a Mod change the title to “Elite Series 2 Preorder 179.99”

https://www.xbox.com/xbox-one/accessories/controllers/elite-wireless-controller-series-2





Adjustable-tension thumbsticks I Shorter hair trigger locks I Wrap-around rubberized grip I Re-engineered components

Available on 11/4/2019
Get free shipping and hassle-free returns when you buy direct from Microsoft Store.
$179.99** MSRP





What’s in the box
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
  • Carrying case
  • 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


 

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I imagine if you never got the original elite this might be more enticing, but I'm not seeing enough reason to get this as a replacement for my current elite.
 

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I imagine if you never got the original elite this might be more enticing, but I'm not seeing enough reason to get this as a replacement for my current elite.

Almost fully agreed with you, I want one, but if I do I probably won’t use it unless I need to, I’m still using my Project Scorpio controller and the Taco Bell elite has only seen the light of day a handful of times and used maybe twice >.<‘ unless I have some Best Buy bucks then I might jump in :p
 

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Can a Mod change the title to “Elite Series 2 Preorder 179.99”

https://www.xbox.com/xbox-one/accessories/controllers/elite-wireless-controller-series-2





Adjustable-tension thumbsticks I Shorter hair trigger locks I Wrap-around rubberized grip I Re-engineered components

Available on 11/4/2019
Get free shipping and hassle-free returns when you buy direct from Microsoft Store.
$179.99** MSRP





What’s in the box
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
  • Carrying case
  • 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


Day one baby!
 
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$179 is steep, and I totally get if people don't rush out and upgrade if they have the old one.

For me though it is like Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin in Cannonball Run driving around in a red Ferrari. Do they need a red Ferrari? Nope. However if the option is available and I can make that happen, I'm in.
 

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$179 is steep, and I totally get if people don't rush out and upgrade if they have the old one.

For me though it is like Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin in Cannonball Run driving around in a red Ferrari. Do they need a red Ferrari? Nope. However if the option is available and I can make that happen, I'm in.
Yup, same here. I dropped $200 two months ago for my Astro Gaming C40 TR Controller for my PS4. It has bells, whistles, quality and allowed me to offset the sticks. I am willing to drop coin on things that make me happy and make my experience better.

Sure, there is a limit. I wouldn't spend $500 on a controller. But if you give me a solid controller with accessories, settings and it has great reviews, I would not object to spending upwards of $250 for a controller.

I buy a TV at least once a year, working my away around the house replacing them as tech changes.

Oh, and I love you for mentioning cannonball run.



Miss you Burt!
 

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$179 is steep, and I totally get if people don't rush out and upgrade if they have the old one.

For me though it is like Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin in Cannonball Run driving around in a red Ferrari. Do they need a red Ferrari? Nope. However if the option is available and I can make that happen, I'm in.
This???


 

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I'll buy if they remove the integrated battery and sell it for $150.
 

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So, the 1st version is on sale if you have Amazon Prime for $129.99

That's the lowest price I've seen for the elite. If you wanted to try one but the price was a little too steep, check it out. Just be warned that once you get the Elite, all your other controllers will "break". :)

Amazon product
 
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Wait, I heard about the voice command feature before, but does this mean it has a built in mic to support said feature?

*edit* the fool I am, you can set a button to record that or snap pic like that on the keyboard attachment 😆
 
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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 early preview: Possibly the best controller ever

We finally got our hands on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. We're still working on an in-depth examination for our review, but the early impressions are very good.


Microsoft's previous Xbox Wireless Elite controller, on the face of it, seemed like a bit of an odd product. Who would want to pay $150 for a video game controller? As it turned out, Microsoft couldn't manufacture them fast enough to meet demand, for a while at least. It wasn't long after it launched that people noticed issues with the construction, with the rubber grips notoriously slipping due to subpar adhesive work. Others reported issues with the bumpers, too. I experienced the rubber grips falling off not on one but two Elite controllers since it launched in 2015. For all of its incredible features, that isn't really the experience you want when paying a premium price.
Say hi to the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which takes everything that made the original so great, and dials it up to 11. We haven't been hands-on for long enough to detail a full review (we really want to test the quality on the grips before assigning a score). That said, early impressions are extremely good.


As great as the previous Elite Controller felt, it feels like a toy compared to the Series 2. Microsoft clearly put a lot of work into addressing every fault it found with the previous effort, while also cramming in tons of new features.
The sheer amount of features makes the Xbox Elite Series 2 feel like a Swiss Army knife.
The Series 2 controller feels immaculately balanced, particularly when compared to my regular Xbox controller. This is perhaps in part owing to the internal battery, which allows for more even weight distribution than bulky AA batteries might. I've been a big proponent of having the ability to swap out my batteries if I so choose — and indeed, we won't know the quality of the Series 2's battery until we've had change for some long-form testing. But since picking up a PlayStation 4 (PS4), I have been envious of how much lighter the controller feels in hand, even if my bulky Eneloop AA batteries provided a far bigger lifespan. Microsoft says the Series 2 gets up to 40 hours on a single charge, which sounds slightly insane. I'll have to brew a ton of coffee to test that one out, I think.


Every aspect of the controller simply feels more dense, more premium than before. The soft matte finish on the body feels excellent against your thumb as you're brushing from button to button, and even the action on the Xbox nexus guide button feels more robust, with very light travel.

In my preliminary examination, I wasn't able to get a fingernail or even a guitar pick under the seams of the rubber grips this time. Microsoft seems to have paid a lot of attention to ensure they'll actually stay onthis time around. It feels encouragingly sturdy.

Where the Series 2 truly ascends, though, is in its new tricks.



Microsoft has been able to bake a lot of new stuff into the Elite Series 2, and while our tests are on-going, the sheer amount of features on offer here makes the Series 2 feel more like a Swiss Army knife.
There is some seriously impressive engineering work here.
Even the carrying case has undergone some impressive changes, picking up a unique docking bay for the new charging puck, complete with a rubber stopper, which hides a small opening for the USB-C charging cable.

Speaking of the charging puck, this is a surprisingly nifty solution that dominates any other charging dock I've seen. First and foremost, Microsoft added a ton of weight to this thing, in a similar fashion to the Surface Dock. It won't slide around when you're trying to dock or undock your controller. It magnetizes nicely against the four-pin charging port on the back of the controller, and it's reversible, which is a lovely touch. In the case, it sits angled upwards. Outside of the case, you can reverse it and lay it out flat. There is some seriously impressive, meticulous engineering work here.

The new Elite Series 2 controller also comes with three separate profiles, which you can switch on the fly with a button in the center of the controller, complete with indicator light. The reverse of the controller sports the familiar paddles but now also includes a three-stage trigger lock giving you more control over how far you have to press to activate the triggers. Finally, we now also have Bluetooth, making this a viable option for Project xCloud on mobile and gaming on other compatible devices.
One of the other intriguing features is the ability to control the tension on the joysticks using a turn-key, which we haven't had the opportunity to test this out yet but I can envision various scenarios where this might be useful in shooters. The longer stick allows you for greater control away from the pivot, which can help with precision shots. By dialing up the tension on the stick, you'd also have more rapid target acquisition without losing control, in theory. We'll be testing these scenarios thoroughly as we speed towards full review.

Quite possibly the best controllerever made

From improvements in construction, remarkable new features, and a wide array of smaller refinements, it's certainly looking like Microsoft has a huge win on its hands here. We'll have to put it through the paces in greater detail as pertains to build quality, battery life, and beyond. But early signs are very positive.
 

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When the battery inevitably deteriorates you have to replace the whole thing, that would be my biggest hesitation in buying if I was in the market for one...
 
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When the battery inevitably deteriorates you have to replace the whole thing, that would be my biggest hesitation in buying if I was in the market for one...
I’m sure there’ll be tutorials on how to replace the battery with a new one, but from the looks of it “where are the holes?”
 
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I'm not purchasing s*** until the grips issue is confirmed to be fixed.
 
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On a related note, if you're ever looking to add those screenshot/record this buttons, the text chatpad has these by default. It only costs like $20 and you don't have to use an existing button. The buttons are on either side of the space bar which is nice.

The battery thing is a little worrisome. Honestly I'd rather just use AA batteries and I can just use Eneloops. A built in battery is just more hassle honestly.
 
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