Microsoft's previous Xbox Wireless Elite controller, at first glance, seemed a rather strange product. Who would want to pay $ 150 for a video game controller? As it turned out, Microsoft could not manufacture them fast enough to meet demand, at least for a while. It was not long after its release that people noticed problems with the construction, and the rubber grips slipped noticeably due to the adhesive work underneath. Others also reported problems with the bumpers. I experienced that the rubber grips fell not on one but on two Elite controllers since its launch in 2015. For all its incredible features, that's not really the experience you want when you pay a premium price.
Say hello to Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which takes everything that made the original so good, and marks it up to 11. We haven't had enough time to detail a full review (we really want to test the quality in fists before assigning a score). That said, first impressions are extremely good.
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 refines everything
As cool as The previous Elite Controller, feels like a toy compared to the Series 2. Microsoft clearly put a lot of work into addressing every fault that it encountered with the previous effort, while including tons of new features.
The number of features makes the Xbox Elite Series 2 feel like a Swiss army knife.
The Series 2 controller feels immaculately balanced, particularly compared to my normal Xbox controller. This may be due in part to the internal battery, which allows a more uniform weight distribution than the bulky AA batteries. I have been a great advocate of having the ability to change my batteries if I choose to, and in fact, we will not know the quality of the Series 2 battery until we have changes for some long-term tests. But since I chose a PlayStation 4 (PS4), I felt envious of how much lighter the controller feels in my hand, even if my bulky Eneloop AA batteries provided a much longer lifespan. Microsoft says Series 2 has up to 40 hours on a single charge, which sounds a bit crazy. I think I'll have to prepare a ton of coffee to try it.
Every aspect of the controller simply feels denser, more premium than before. The smooth matte finish on the body feels excellent against the thumb while moving from one button to another, and even the action on the Xbox Nexus guide button feels more robust, with a very light ride.
In my preliminary examination, I could not get a nail or even a guitar pick under the seams of the rubber grips this time. Microsoft seems to have paid close attention to making sure that it really remains in this time. It feels encouragingly resilient.
However, where Series 2 really rises is in its new tricks.
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is full of tricks
Microsoft has been able to bake a lot of new things in the Elite 2 Series, and while our tests are ongoing, the vast amount of Features offered here make the Series 2 feel more like a Swiss army knife.
There are some really impressive engineering work here.
Even the transport case has undergone some impressive changes, picking up a single coupling bay for the new charging disc, complete with a rubber stopper, which conceals a small opening for the USB-C charging cable.
Speaking of the loading disk, this is a surprisingly ingenious solution that dominates any other loading dock I've seen. First and foremost, Microsoft added a ton of weight to this thing, similar to the Surface Dock. It will not slip when you try to couple or undock your controller. It magnetizes very well against the four-pin charging port on the back of the controller, and is reversible, which is a lovely touch. In the case, it sits at an upward angle. Outside the box, you can reverse it and place it flat. Here is a really impressive meticulous engineering job.
The new Elite Series 2 controller also comes with three separate profiles, which you can activate on the fly with a button in the center of the controller, complete with indicator light. The back of the controller sports familiar paddles, but now also includes a three-stage trigger lock that gives you more control over how much you must press to activate the triggers. Finally, we now also have Bluetooth, which makes it a viable option for Project xCloud on mobile devices and games on other compatible devices.
One of the other intriguing features is the ability to control the tension in the joysticks with a turnkey, which we have not yet had the opportunity to test, but I can imagine several scenarios in which this could be useful in shooters . The longer stick allows you more control away from the pivot, which can help with precision shots. By increasing the tension in the stick, you would also have a faster acquisition of targets without losing control, in theory. We will test these scenarios thoroughly as we move towards a full review.
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Of the improvements in construction, notable new features and a wide range of smaller improvements, it certainly seems that Microsoft has a great victory in its hands here . We will have to test it in more detail in regards to construction quality, battery life and more. But the first signs are very positive.
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