Next Gen Xbox Elite Controller Details Surface

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Brad Sams in Xbox with 13 Comments

For the past few months, I have been hearing that Microsoft was working on a second-generation Elite controller and now the details are starting to surface. I did my best to confirm this information before posting and I believe it is accurate; I was also able to dig up a few more details as well.

The information first appeared on Baidu and the basics are that it is rechargeable via USB-C, has Bluetooth support, 3 level trigger locks, 3 profile switches and longer key travel for the paddles. In addition, the device will come in a new case that will also act as the charger.

The benefit of the updated case is that when you put the controller away, it will charge. It’s a simple addition that goes a long way towards making the experience feel premium.

There are a couple images as well but none of them show the new case or all of the aesthetics that have been refined from the first generation. As you can see on the picture to the right, the area under the thumbstick is now silver/glossy whereas the old style is matte.

Of course, the big question is when will it be available for purchase. While I don’t have an exact answer, this is the type of product that Microsoft likes to announce at E3 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it show up there as it is modestly far-along in the development cycle.

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