What you need to know
- The Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 is Microsoft’s premium Xbox gamepad with a number of additional features.
- I recently heard that Microsoft is looking to launch some sort of new Elite controller for the 2022 holiday season.
- A new Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 “White Edition” was spotted on YouTube today, potentially giving us a look at the next version of the product.
A little while ago I i heard There could be a new Xbox Elite Controller of some sort slated for the 2022 holiday season. While I don’t have many details to go into beyond that, we did get a glimpse of it on Twitter this week.
For those who don’t know, the Xbox Elite Controller is Microsoft’s premium level Xbox gamepad. Current version Xbox Elite Controller Series 2and it comes with an absolutely insane 40+ hour internal battery, a powerful and convenient high-quality charger, four configurable rear paddles, trigger locks for faster activation, and various other power-user features.
@Mr_Rebs_ on Twitter came across this interesting YouTube video from a few weeks ago, this looks like the details of the new White Edition Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, which replaces the charcoal main face plate with a white coating Xbox Series S slightly better than the current version.
While the design is a bit hard to see, the packaging and the controller itself look legit, complete with white buttons and lettering.
Now, it’s not impossible for something like this to be fake Xbox Design Lab, but it would be strange to go to such lengths to create realistic retail packaging for it. The box has a product presentation that almost exactly matches the box art of the original black Elite Series 2, for example. The YouTube account in question only had one subscriber at the time of writing, and the video appeared to have been unseen for the past month until today.
I think there’s a good chance it’s real, and indeed the Xbox Elite Controller I’ve heard is on sale this holiday season. I suspect that given this leak, we’ll be getting confirmation from Microsoft pretty soon either way.
@Mr_Rebs_ added a backup in case his YouTube video mysteriously disappears here.
There have been others rumours It recently said that the Xbox Elite Controller Series 3 could also be in the pipeline in addition to the Xbox official Forza controller slated for next year. Considering that Sony started going deeper premium gaming accessories lately With the InZone brand, it would come as no surprise that Microsoft is doubling down on this as well.
The Xbox Elite Controller line has remained popular, to say the least it seems both existing versions must have high failure rates. The original controller had a problem that caused the rubber grips to fall off after a few months. The new Elite Series 2 controller is also known to have defects in the bumpers where it is very susceptible to wear and tear. I have three Elite controllers and they all failed in different ways. Conversely, my 2013 “Day One” Edition Xbox One controller still works to this day.
It’s a bit of a tough sell considering how expensive they are, generally around $180. Hopefully future versions can address some of these build flaws, as they really are the best controllers ever made.
Xbox Elite Controller Series 2
The best Xbox controller. At least until it breaks.
With premium features, premium construction and premium details, the Series 2 also comes with a hefty price tag. It might be the best controller ever made, but flaws in the construction erode the value proposition over time.