Microsoft has just released a new entry in its premium line of Elite wireless controllers. The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller – Core, currently only available in white, is the newest and most affordable controller in the Xbox Elite lineup, coming in at $129.99 instead of the usual $179.99.
The new controller has many of the same features as its Elite brethren – your “adjustable tension thumbsticks”, “wraparound rubberized grip”, and more. And, of course, you can map the buttons any way you choose. But there is a catch. Although the existing Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller comes with “interchangeable components”, Featuring a set of six differently shaped sticks, two D-pad options, and two types of paddles, the slightly cheaper white controller only comes with a thumbstick adjustment tool and USB-C. If you want to further adjust your controller, you will need to purchase a Complete component pack for an additional $59.99. So a white Xbox Elite controller plus the usually standard customization pack will cost you $189.98 more. Hmm.
But wait, there’s more! The tech company released its first Xbox Elite controller in 2015, and at the time Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer touted it as “an elite controller for the elite gamer.” But only miserable non-elite gamers like me could customize their shamefully standard Xbox wireless controllers in the xbox design lab, which gives you power over the skin, body, and buttons of the controllers. That’s changing soon – Microsoft also announced today that Xbox Elite customization will, ominously, be coming to the Design Lab “this holiday”.
But wait, there’s even more! It’s not as exciting as Microsoft’s other announcements today, unless you’re a really, really elite gamer with a pocket full of $100 bills. Xbox now sells for $99.99 Xbox Elite Core White Jerseys with, according to its product details, “technical features that pair with the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller – Core White.”
These features are a zippered pocket and a “magnetic strip on the chest to store the metal components of the Xbox Elite controller”. Think of it as a BabyBjörn for your Xbox controller, which is a really nice thing.