Xbox Elite Series 2 – 3 Months Later

Posted on January 29, 2020 by Brad Sams in Xbox with 8 Comments

It’s a bit hard to believe but the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller is now three months old. While I don’t always review every product throughout its first year of availability, I do like to look at certain products, like the Surface Go during their lifetime to see how well, (or poorly) they are constructed.

The Elite controller will be especially interesting to follow as the first generation fell apart after heavy usage. While Microsoft has promised that the Elite series 2 has been made more durable, only time will truly tell.

The controller continues to delight in nearly every way and I use it for about an hour a day or more; during this brief time, it has held up well. There are no signs of the grips peeling off and candidly, I haven’t thought about its durability at all, up until writing this post.

The one minor complaint that I do have is that the handles are cumbersome to clean. If you get dirt or anything else in the handgrips, it’s more involved to get them back to looking like new. I do wipe my controller down with a microfiber cloth frequently but this doesn’t do a great job at removing dirt from the rubber grips.

One thing that I still do not like about the controller is that the battery is sealed. But, I will say that it has yet to be an issue. The claimed 40 hours of battery life feels about right and I put the controller on the charger once a week and have yet to have it die on me while playing a game.

While I have not had any issues with my controller, it’s worth pointing out that there are some who have had a number of issues. Thankfully, it would appear that these issues occur out of the box and mostly relate to buttons not being registered when pushed which means if it works well on day one, you should be ok for the foreseeable future.

At $179.99, it’s still hard to recommend the controller as it is not cheap but if you put the cash down, you will be happy with the hardware. At around the six-month mark, I’ll follow-up again to see how the hardware continues to fare after more usage.


Tagged with ,

Join the discussion!


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Comments (9)

9 responses to “Xbox Elite Series 2 – 3 Months Later”

  1. T182

    Are the Xbox One controllers going to be compatible with the Xbox Series X? Seems like a fair bit of money for a controller that only works for the nearing end of life current console.

  2. LT1 Z51

    Mine had the shiny "dirty" problem on the back of my controller under the triggers (where your fingers rest). Need to figure out how to clean it. (It's also all over my keyboard at work).

  3. Thretosix

    Well after using the first elite controller. I've found the cheaper versions last significantly longer. They don't have the feel the elite controllers have. But that feel disappears after about a year. For me the rubber on the back went bad. Out of warranty. Had to super glue it back and was never really right. So after about another half year the thumb sticks started falling apart. The rubber being the culprit again. My suggestion, unless you have the money to burn, there is nothing to gain from these "elite" controllers. My favorite being the Titanfall controller which came out really early with the Xbox One. Still looks and feels brand new after all these years of use. Though I call the Titanfall controller my BB-8 controller. The controller still based upon the original Xbox One controller design, without all those elite flaws.

  4. robmaeyaert

    Perfect for Apple Arcade!

  5. Stooks

    My original Elite is still going strong after 2 years, with not a single issue.

    That said I do not think either is worth it. They feel nicer in the hand but in the end the only feature I used was the shorter trigger action on the right side. I really wanted to use the paddles on the bottom but they were in the way of my grip. Other after market controllers, the Scuff and the Razer put them down the middle and out of the way of your grip,

    If I went with another controller over the stock in the box controller I would go with the Razer Wolverine Ultimate. It is wired only but I play my Xbox One X on a desk plugged into a 27inch 1440p gaming monitor, so the wired only is no bother.

  6. plews

    I have recently bought a series 2, primarily for PC usage, but was hoping it could take on the role of sole controller for all devices in the house (I stream my pc to different devices). I have identified 3 failings in the device so far, all of which could well be addressable with firmware I suspect (other than point 3)

    1) The paddles are not configurable as extra buttons on PC, only as existing Xbox controller buttons (you need all the buttons you can get with some pc games such as elite dangerous & star citizen, not duplicates of others)

    2) the controller needs to re-pair every time it connects to a new device, i would like the option for the profile button to be used to switch between machines (Xbox, desktop, laptop for instance)

    3) ipadOS does not recognise it, despite the non-elite controller working natively since ios13 - I understand this is for Apple to rectify. This would be amazing for services such as Shadow

    I really hope at least one or two of these requests can be realised, until there is no 'ultimate' controller for a poweruser like me

  7. DJS

    I have had 4 of these controllers, from 3 different lots, and they were all faulty out of the box. Every single one of them had an A button that did not register a press sometimes. 2 of them had an issue with RB where pressing it once would often register as a double press. 2 of them had an issue where one of the sticks could not be clicked when it was in a certain position.

    It's not even the advanced Elite-only features that people are having issues with. MS can't make a premium controller where the basic functions of it work reliably right out of the box. It's an absolute joke. If I was Phil Spencer I'd be showing David Prien the door, given that under his leadership they have produced 2 "premium" controllers with inherent faults that are basically cheap tat sold at a huge profit.

Leave a Reply