At E3 2015, Microsoft announced the availability of a new controller, the Xbox One Elite Controller aimed at the more professional player but available to everyone.
The controller isn’t cheap however, it is retailing for $149.99 / £129.99 and will be released on the 31st October this year.
What does the controller have and why do you need one?
- A stainless steel components adding weight and substance to the feel of the controller
- Magnetised ports for easy release and snap to attach components including Analogue thumb sticks, D-Pad and the four rear paddles
- Hairline trigger locks allowing you to switch from rapid fire in first person shooters, or switch off the lock and get the full trigger range more suited to racing games
- Customisable button remapping, when you connect the controller to your Xbox One, it will download an app which will allow you to set up your buttons just the way you want
- Create up to 250 profiles for individual players or games through the app
- Assign two of the profiles to your controller at any time and use the convenient switch under the MENU button to switch between profiles on the fly
- 3.5mm headphone jack
What doesn’t the controller have?
- The controller still doesn’t come with built in battery, it ships with 2xAA batteries which you can substitute for the Xbox One play and charge kit or you can use the supplied USB cord for a wired option
So what do you get for your purchase and what will you see when you open the box?
- Carry case
- 3 pairs of different analogue sticks (tall stick, domed sticks and standard sticks (concave)
- Standard layout D-Pad
- Dish/Facet layout D-Pad – great for fighting games
- 4 paddles
- USB cable
- 2xAA batteries
- Main controller unit
The Xbox One Elite Controller is available for pre-order in both Black and Covert Forces designs now for $149.99 / £129.99