A new Xbox One Elite Controller could be on the way this year

Originally posted on Chinese site Baidu, the leaked images show a slightly redesigned Xbox Elite controller with 3 horizontal LED lights and redesigned rubber grips.

It was also claimed that the new version will include a USB-C charging, three customization profiles, three-stage activation locks for the triggers, and improved travel for the reverse paddle buttons. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have at least confirmed Bluetooth support to us for a "new controller," while The Verge confirms that the above image is indeed genuine. As noted by The Verge, the LED strips could either indicate active customization profiles or battery life levels, but it could also indicate signal strength for those using the controller on PC via Bluetooth, which is often a little wonky for wireless connectivity.

In any case, it looks as though this controller will be revealed this year, likely at E3 2018 at the latest. You can grab the original Xbox Elite Controller for $130.

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