Microsoft's E3 2019 conference wrapped last week, host to the unveiling of its Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. Delivering its latest revision of the premium Xbox accessory, Elite Series 2 packs a roster of handy enhancements. The extensive facelift makes room for joystick tension control, improved hair trigger locks, and an internal battery – paired with a dedicated integrated charging dock.

We've been following the Xbox Elite Series 2 for some time, recently getting hands-on early at E3 2019. Microsoft's leading gamepad emerges sleeker than ever, packing a familiar design and feature set unrivaled by alternatives. It now appears Microsoft has refined manufacturing too, slated to alleviate durability issues that plagued its predecessor.

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Principal Designer on Microsoft Devices, Elliott Hsu, has confirmed bumper durability improvements for Series 2 on Twitter, "reinforced" under the latest design. Hsu followed by assuring durability and construction has also improved for the rubberized grips.

Microsoft's original Xbox Elite controller has faced well-documented shortcomings, with buyers documenting peeling rubberized grips, loose bumper buttons, among other issues. Microsoft has failed to formally address concerns facing the first-generation design, despite being a widespread concern.

The Xbox Elite Series 2 is slated for November 4, 2019, providing our first opportunity for extensive testing. While gauging durability improvements comes with time, it's a crucial factor as launch nears. Preorders are now live via the Microsoft Store, priced at $180.

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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

At long last, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller has been updated. Series 2 brings big improvements to the table, such as Bluetooth connectivity, a charging dock, adjustable tension for the thumbsticks, and much more.

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