Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2 Controller – Review
Microsoft has an update for its premium controller in the form of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. This is a controller for the hardcore gamers, because it comes with an upscale price tag. At $179, it’s nearly the price of a brand new Xbox One S, and costs more than the similar Scuf Elite and Scuf Prestige Xbox controllers. While it does bring more versatility than the standard $59 Xbox One controller, it is still a steep price for a product that doesn’t scream perfection.
Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2 – Design and Features
The new controller is very similar to Xbox Elite controller but has some tweaks to the styling. Most of the body eschews the shiny, metal accents found on the original, going instead for a darker metal. The green accents of the original are missing too. It’s a strictly monochrome affair for the Elite Series 2.
It does have a few new additions. Most notably, it brings Bluetooth connectivity, allowing the controller to work wirelessly with more computers and mobile device. However the 3.5mm headphone jack won’t handle audio while connected via Bluetooth. It also has profile indicator lights and a USB Type-C connection. The controller comes in a carrying case and includes a wireless charging pad that sticks into the case and hangs onto the controller magnetically. The charging pad works both outside and inside the case, as there’s a small port to let a USB plug into the back of the case.
Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2 – Software
Tweaking capabilities of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 are impressive through the Xbox Accessories app, which is available on both Xbox One and PC. It gives options of button remapping, thumbstick deadzone adjustments, vibration control, and more. The thumbsticks especially get nuanced control, with the option to edit response curves and choose “calculation,” which I can’t make heads or tails of. There’s also the liberty to set up a Shift, which can give buttons and controls additional functions when another designated Shift button is held down. Those Shift functions are still curtailed to the standard controls available though, so no macros.
Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2 – Gaming
Microsoft believes that Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 substantially improves your gaming experience compared to the basic controller. And with the price tag of $179, fortunately, it does.
The striking benefit is the ability to shorten the trigger travel. While playing The Outer Worlds, scoping in and firing at an enemy happened quickly, and that’s not even a fast-paced game. In a fast-paced shooter like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the hair triggers could make the key difference between shooting first and being shot. It also offers the fingers some relief when trying to quickly fire a semi-automatic weapon.
The 40-hour battery is a perk while the Bluetooth connection for Gaming PCs is responsive. The case, charging pad, and USB-C are also notable additions. But the controller itself doesn’t give the premium feel.
The final say
Microsoft has rolled out a stylish controller with some useful tweaks. It has decent number of extras to add value but the experience you get isn’t justified with this price range.