The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller has returned to its low price of $139.99, but this time you'll find it at GameStop (opens in new tab) and Microsoft (opens in new tab). We shared a similar deal near the end of last year when it dropped to this price at Amazon, but the controller has since sold out there. If you missed your chance and you're still interested, here's another opportunity. The GameStop product page has been fluctuating a bit, though, so you might need to check stock at local stores or just refresh the page to see if it comes back.
A great controller for enthusiast gamers that want absolute precision and total customization. It has interchangeable thumbsticks and paddles, the ability to adjust the thumbsticks' tension, limitless customization, a 40-hour battery life, plus more.
Even though the Elite Series 2 came out during the older generation of Xbox consoles, Microsoft is working on firmware that will update it to be more in-line with current gen tech. It's still a super advanced controller that's incredibly customizable. With the interchangeable thumbsticks and paddle shapes, you can decide exactly what you want your hardware to do. Adjust the tension on the thumbsticks to your liking. Other features include shorter hait trigger locks and a rubberized grip that wraps around for the best ergonomics.
Dig a little deeper and you'll find even more customization using the Xbox Accessories app. This is where all the nuance comes into play with things like accentuation curve controls so you can perfect how you play. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to 40 hours so you'll never have to worry about it dying on you in the middle of a team fight. It even comes with a unique charging dock.
The controller features multiple ways to connect including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a USB-C cable. That makes it easy to connect to your PC, too, if you want to use it for gaming that way.
The Series 2 gets 4.5 stars out of 5 and a The Best badge from our Windows Central review. Jez Corden said the controller's biggest weakness is its price, so at least today's deal helps you out with that. The review adds this controller "might be the best controller ever made" with "premium quality, premium features, and premium convenience."
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It's admittedly tempting. However, with continued reliability issues, I couldn't see myself picking one up. I was hoping they would do more to make the Elite less fragile with the refresh, but that hasn't been the case. I like the advantages it brings, but the reliability of the stock controllers is so good that it becomes tough to justify bumper and face button and stick issues that the Elite develops more frequently.
I've had one since it launched and have had zero issues. No drift, no buttons sticking, no bumper issues. I game at least 4 to 5 days a week, hours at a time. Best controller I've ever owned.
I owned the first one and it had both hardware (loose left stick, loose left bumper) and software (delayed input from paddles), with the hardware issues coming about shortly after the warranty expired. Every time this does on sale, I reconsider buying it (it was $140 at BB a week or so ago), then I read more people on Reddit having issues and pass. I might still go for it (I have BB's subscription that includes a warranty), but it's hard to give MS money on a "premium" device that has a much higher failure rate than the stock, $60 controller.
FYI this is the only Xbox controller that doesn't take AA batteries which is why I'll never buy one. Too bad really, it's hard to find the Elite Series 1, but well worth it.
Your loss. It's got amazing battery life and having the case charge it when not in use is great. It's also better built than gen1 and better ergonomics too
I'm interested but afraid the elite 3 will come out right after I buy it. I prefer to be on the front end of the curve rather than the middle or that backend lol
I understand that, but I personally find the slightly larger shape of the XB1 controller to feel better than the Series controller (my hands are on the larger side). I would prefer the Elite to keep the larger shell for future generations, then I would be more likely to buy a newer version.
I totally agree actually. My hands aren't extremely large either (I hated the Duke), but it took a long time before the Series controller stopped hurting my hands after playing.
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