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Xbox Elite Wireless controller Series 2 makes a long awaited debut

What you need to know

  • The Xbox Elite Controller is getting a long-awaited update.
  • Supports Bluetooth and USB-C.
  • Charging dock included.
  • Up to 40 hours battery life.

It's been the longest wait, but finally Microsoft is releasing a new version of the Xbox Elite Controller. The Series 2 has a number of improvements over its predecessor, starting with a USB-C port and, thankfully, Bluetooth for dongle-free wireless gameplay on the PC.

The Elite Series 2 also comes with a detachable charging dock, and promises up to 40 hours of battery life per charge. The basic design remains the same, but the tech inside has had some pretty meaningful updates.

First up, you can now store three profiles on the controller, an increase over the two on the current model. The thumbsticks now have adjustable tension — allowing for a much better level of precision — as well as being replaceable.

The paddles return on the back and look the same as the current model. There are now grips on the triggers, and the bumpers have been redesigned as well.

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is now up for preorder for $180 (opens in new tab).

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11 Comments
  • I'll buy one, love my elite controller.
  • I tried one and I wasn't too impressed. Did the sticks tend to fly off for you? I didn't fee the magnet keeping them on what strong enough. Also, is this an internal battery? Or is this basically a add on like a play and charge kit that comes with it?
  • Internal. With Type-C charging.
  • Yeah, that was my first assumption. Hopefully it is user replaceable, I would want my $150 dollar controller to last over 5-8 years.
  • I didn't have that issue with the sticks, I have had to get it repaired twice due to the LB button failing though. But I just really like the weight and feel is the controller and I use the adjustable trigger depth for different games (although I always forget to switch them back to full travel initially and wonder why my Aston Martin feels like a Toyota Corolla in Forza).
  • I do agree with the weight, I did enjoy that. I got one used on eBay and repaired the bumpers myself. Maybe with the sticks I am just too spastic. 😜
  • I imagine one day I'll teach myself to actually use the bumpers on the back of the controller as well, instead of always turning them off.
  • Where did you get it repaired? I stopped using mine since the right trigger isn't working properly (I have to press really hard on it to achieve max speed in racing games) other than it's a solid controller
  • EB Games (which is our Gamestop) can organise for controller and console repairs, I'm assuming if you're in the US Gamestop might offer the same service, but I'm not sure.
  • Wonder if they fixed the grips from peeling off over time. Biggest problem I had with mine and I even replaced one side's grip only for the other side to begin peeling weeks later. I ended up selling it because it bothered me too much. I designed and bought a custom controller off their site instead. Now almost a year later the grips are starting to peel on that one too.
  • The shooting games are enough, it should be more of a fist fight. I mean something like God of war. They should make a game of a popular movie. that will bring more gamers to xbox. games like Daredevil,Captain America etc.. just like da way ps brought Spiderman. the Spiderman alone had people move from xbox to ps4.