Microsoft announced it’s newest Xbox Elite Wireless Controller at E3 2015 and was a surprise for everyone, however some people have complained that this is the controller Microsoft should have announced in the first place when it unveiled the Xbox One. The new controller brings with it a whole array of new features, minor tweaks to the aesthetics and a full range of customization for players.
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller features metal thumbsticks and D-pads which come in different shapes and sizes which allows the controller to adapt to your style of play and improves accuracy, speed and better execution of combos. It has low-friction, reinforced rings around each thumbstick reduce wear and smooth movement as well as a rubberized diamond grip gives the controller a substantial feel and offers stability. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller includes four slots for interchangeable paddles which allows for an array of inputs therefore offering better configuration and control.
For shooters the new controller has Hair Trigger Locks for each trigger which enhances firing speed and saves time. You can either stop or resume trigger motion using the switch. The controller brings a great deal of flexibility with adjustments to trigger min/max values, thumbstick sensitivities and button assignments. There are 14 inputs to the ABXY buttons, paddles, D-pad, triggers, and thumbstick clicks. You can have up to 2 profiles on the controller which can be switched with the Profile Switch.
The controller works with Xbox One and PCs running Windows 7 and features a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The controller will be available in October 2015 at $149.99.
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller comes with:
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
- Carrying case
- 4 paddles
- 6 thumbsticks: 2 standard, 2 tall, and 2 domed
- 2 D-pads: faceted and standard
- USB cable
- AA batteries
- Quick Setup Guide and Product Manual
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