Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

Experience the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 featuring adjustable-tension thumbsticks, wrap-around rubberised grip, and shorter hair trigger locks.

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Built for performance

Fire faster with hair trigger locks and achieve greater control with paddles.

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Optimised for you

Adjust thumbstick tension and select preferred thumbsticks and D-pad.

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Limitless customisation

Reassign buttons, tweak sensitivity, and switch profiles on the fly.

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Extend your gameplay

Stay in the game with a rechargeable long-life battery and durable components.

What’s in the box

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Play like a pro

Save up to 3 custom profiles on the controller. Enjoy exceptional performance, customisation, and durability where it matters most—in your hands.

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Optimised for you

Swap thumbstick toppers, D-pads, and paddles to tailor your controller to your gaming style. Play across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows.

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More ways to customise

Experience limitless customization with interchangeable components and exclusive button mapping options in the Xbox Accessories app.

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Designed for extended gameplay

Stay in the game with up to 40 hours of rechargeable battery life and refined components that are built to last.


System requirements For use with Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One systems and PCs running Windows 7 or later. Windows 10/11: requires Bluetooth, included USB-C cable, or Xbox Wireless adapter (sold separately). Windows 7 or 8.1: requires included USB-C cable; some functionality not supported. Drivers available at
Xbox Accessories app Available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and Windows PCs.
Audio Includes 3.5mm stereo headset jack. Also compatible with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter and all other Xbox controller accessories made by Microsoft.
Haptic feedback Features impulse triggers and rumble motors. Motor control can be adjusted in the app.
Weight 345g (+/- 15g) when using with 4 paddles, faceted D-pad, and standard thumbsticks attached.
Connectivity Connect to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One X, or Xbox One S consoles with Xbox Wireless, or using the included 9’ USB-C cable. Wirelessly connect to Windows 10/11 PCs, tablets, Android, and iOS devices using Bluetooth, or with the included 9’ USB-C cable. Connect to Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs with the included 9’ USB-C cable; some functionality not supported.
Thumbstick control Use the included thumbstick-adjustment tool to manually change thumbstick tension, with 3 tension settings to choose from. Adjust thumbstick sensitivity curves with the Xbox Accessories app, or swap thumbstick inputs so that the left thumbstick controls the right thumbstick input and vice versa.
Battery Internal, rechargeable battery with up to 40 hours of battery life per charge. Battery life varies with usage and other factors.
Assignable buttons A, B, X, and Y; D-pad up, down, left, and right; left and right bumpers; left and right triggers; left and right thumbstick click; 4 paddles.

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Compatible with Xbox consoles
Wireless and Bluetooth
Custom button mapping
Textured grip on triggers
Interchangeable components
Standard and faceted D-pads
Shorter hair trigger locks
Adjustable-tension thumbsticks
Rubberised wrap-around grips
Save up to 3 custom profiles
Rechargeable battery
Carrying case

Important information

Battery life varies significantly with additional accessories, usage, and other factors. Testing conducted by Microsoft using preproduction units. Xbox Accessories app features (including button mapping and profile configuration) are only available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10/11. Operating system updates: may be required. Go to for more information.

Windows 10/11: Requires Bluetooth, compatible USB-C cable, or Xbox Wireless adapter (sold separately). Android, iOS, & Bluetooth: Select devices and versions. Some functionality not supported. Software download may be required via Windows PC or console. See Use with controller compatible games. You must accept the Software License Agreement at

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Dimensions: 17.5 x 17.7 x 7.3 cm; 500 Grams
Model: FST-00003
Batteries Included: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Origin: China

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40 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    It’s expensive, very.
    If you’re looking at this you know what it does. One thing where MS missed a truck is the charging block within the case, it only charges the controller when plugged in, for its size I’d expect it’s to hold charge with an internal battery, allowing the controller to charge without the need to plug it in.
    Think airpods/wireless buds style.
    The sticks initially felt very tight and I was ready to return as I didn’t like the feel ( this includes adjusting the tension) but they eventually break in and now they feel great!

    It really does feel premium when you hold it and it also looks it.

  2. Sung46Mwniocjv says:

     United Kingdom

    Excellent, new level of controller, charging facility brilliant too. Being able to swap out the buttons etc is a game changer too.

  3. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    The best controller ever made.maybe the original SNES controller was also the best controller ever made ?
    It’s a tough choice 2 legendary controllersI am using mine on a Raspberry Pie running coin ops and it’s perfect. For now this is my controller of choice..pricy but worth it.

  4. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Right out of the box this controller feels quality and is weighty in the hand. It has so many stick and setting options that simply playing with these is fun in itself. It plays like a treat and with the option to set up paddles as buttons or triggers for your games it means that for those all-important action moments fingers don’t need to leave the Thumbsticks. So far it really has been a great controller and comes in a pretty good case with all of the detachables readily to hand but safe. A wee bit pricey but certainly a quality-built controller.

  5. Kyle Wiggers says:

     United Kingdom

    This by far beats all the other pro controllers I have used in the past. I’ve owned scuf, razer, the elite controller one.

    It’s very comfortable to hold and the paddle buttons are very easy to use. There’s no fault with the controlle

  6. JustinaBroderic says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    It’s got a lovely, heavy weight to it, and the feel of a good quality product. Lots of customisation makes this an extremely satisfying and sexy product with amazing feedback. Customising it let’s you get the perfect comfort that you didn’t think you needed when gaming. Yes, it’s pricey, but when you hold it in your hands, you can really feel its worth.

  7. LorrineLaroche says:

     United Kingdom

    I love this controller, especially the levers on the back. It makes it a lot easier if you play racing games as you can set them up as the clutch and gears up and down. The rumble is nice and strong, but you can change this. When i first used it i pressed the button to take a short video but this did not work, then i realised that button is to change between the 3 different game profiles you can set up, (DOH!). I like the way you can change the analogue sticks for longer or shorter ones and the d-pad between the standard + one and the circular one. You can also alter the travel distance of both left and right triggers. It comes with a sturdy case and also a desk top charger which charges the inbuilt battery, though it can be a bit fiddley to line it up.

  8. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    I’ve always liked Xbox joypads, and just use them on my PC.
    So when old XBOne pad died, thought I’d splurge and get myself an Elite model.

    First off – it feels really nice in the hands. Slightly rubberized and textured ‘horns’ for your hands to feel, slightly heavier feeling and lovely blacked-out face-buttons. It looks and feels like quality.

    Personalization options are pretty comprehensive:
    1) D pad defaults to the octagonal look you’ll see in the product-shot, but you can change it to a normal cross. Indicentally, both are metal, and feel lovely.
    2) Joysticks can have their tension adjusted. By default regular, but can be tightened up to ‘springier’
    3) Alternate joysticks provided, which like the D-pad just snap on with magnets. Also get a pair of sticks similar to the 360 one (smoother, without edge texture). Another with a long stem, so more movement. FInally one with a rounded mushroom tip.
    4) On the back you have the 4 removable paddles, that you can map to other joypad inputs (although annoyingly not keyboard strokes, macros etc)
    5) Sliders on the back to adjust the depth of the trigger pulls.
    6) PC software also allows some adjustment of the acceleration from linear presses on joypad and triggers (i.e. You can make it twitchy). Also allows you to dampen/turn off vibration and dim xbox button light. The aforementioned button mapping can switch anything around – and you can even set buttons to a ‘shift’ function, and assign other buttons to different presses depending if ‘shift’ is held or not. Finally lets you save these settings to ‘profiles’ you can cycle through on the pad.
    7) Nice charging dock (that can sit in the nice case, or on your desk) – and a lovely long braided USB-A->C cable (the joypad has a USB-C socket on it).

    I might have missed something out – but it’s a premium product with lots of nice ways of tweaking it.

    Minor complaint – button mapping just lets you move button presses around. Using a PC, I’m used to being able to put macros/anything on any button. Now I could see why they might not want to allow this on a console (unfair advantage) – but makes little sense on PC.
    Major complaint, for me – I’ve left every single configurable option (after a bit of playing) as “How it is on a regular joypad.” I’ve even removed the paddles on the back, and switched to the cross D-pad. Now this might just be to keep my muscle memory happy, and it’s nice to have options in the future – but was a very expensive way to find out the OG pads are pretty optimal already.

    If you can live without the rechargeable system, paddles, adjustments, button-mapping & metal d-pad – you can specify a regular joypad from XBox’s Design Labs that looks nearly the same (grippy sides and metallic triggers included). For half the cost.

    Returning this didn’t cross my mind (OK it did, but just for a second) – but I’d have a careful think as to exactly which of the features you’re buying this for.

  9. WolfgangLoughli says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    The build quality of this product feels very sturdy and it is comfortable to hold, it has a significant amount of weight to it but I feel this is a good thing because you can tell it’s a solid product and dropping it isn’t going to damage it, I never had any downsides to the controller itself until the back paddles randomly stopped working 4 months after buying it and I can’t seem to do anything to get them to work again.

  10. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    I love this controller, the build quality, customization options are great. The included charging dock which fits nicely into the controllers case is a neat idea. The grips on the side really do make a difference in terms of comfort.

    Charging the controller can take quite awhile (3 to 4 hours from a dead battery) but the battery really does last a long time.

    I hsve mine connected to my PC with the official wireless adapter and it works flawlessly, no input lag, connection drops etc.

    The back paddles are a great idea, I just find it difficult to get used to them. They can make your life easier in certain games (FPS) but you need muscle memory to actually use them, most of the time I just forget.

    The back paddles will take quite a bit of time to fully adapt to them.

    I have heard alot of bad things regarding this controllers quality over time. I will update if I discover such issues.

  11. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    I have bought several of these for myself and gifts. I also have experience of the Scuf range. The Elite 2 wins hands down every time from ease of use when programming to comfort and 100% the warranty. Microsoft returns is fab and you get a year Scuf is 6 months and stick drift is a known issue!!

    We are all heavy users and game 5/6 hours week days and more at weekends 365 days a year. Our controllers take a battering and the Elite 2 copes brilliantly.

  12. Hannah34Vshi says:

     United Kingdom

    good but sometimes lose connection which can be a pain , but overall a good controlle

  13. Neha Shukla says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    The new features are good the the feel of the finish isn’t as good as the version 1

  14. JeramyAitken says:

     United Kingdom

    Nice feeling controller but with issues.
    1) you cannot custom map the paddles, you can only add them as extra buttons/triggers or as shift keys.
    2) two of the buttons have started playing up and seem to have intermittent faults.
    Not really worth the money.

  15. Dan Evon says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    This controller is really well made and fully customisable with its easily detachable thumb sticks and also the button layouts for the paddles. The paddles allow you to use action buttons without having to move your thumb off the aim stick which is a massive improvement for multiplayer games once you get used to it. You can have up to 3 profiles for button configurations which can be switched at the press of a button, meaning you can change games and layouts very quickly. You will need to look at YouTube videos for help with calibration but it’s a very simple process once you know how. Not had it long so in terms of lifespan the jury is still out, but so far I can’t falt i

  16. CorinneEmbley says:

     United Kingdom

    I’ve tried several Xbox controllers, previously opting to use the Razer wolverine ultimate (in itself a great controller only downside being it’s wired). After two years of heavy use the A button starting sticking so went for the Elite series 2. The build quality is excellent, it feels great in hand and especially like the adjustable thumbs stick tension as someone who is quite heavy handed anyway, the highest tension setting has made a big difference to my accuracy on FPS games. But for me the best bit of this controller is the position of the additional paddles on the rear of the controller. They are in a much more natural position than on the Wolverine. It feels second nature using them and they have become my primary buttons on some games instead of Y and X. There is no capture button however you can easily reprogramme this (I have bottom left rear paddle set to shift, hold this down and press A for video capture and B for screenshot). Simple.

  17. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    The Xbox elite v2 controller is absolutely fantastic! I had no idea how much this would change my style of game play, and my enjoyment of certain games until I started using it. It’s literally a game changer and the design is highly recommended and should be the defacto standard for all controllers.

    However, Microsoft is having issues with the manufacturing of these controllers, buttons sticking, double clicking, worst of all the Dpad is loose (has a lot of wiggle) and the analog sticks do have some stick drift issues after a few days.

    Overall this is for sure one of the best designed controllers I’ve ever encountered, however it’s being built and manufactured on the cheap. If this controller cost a little less it would be a 5star product, but it’s cost would reflect a high quality product and quite frankly that’s not what you get here.

    Overall a fantastic gaming product, absolutely sublime to use, but the cost does not reflect the build quality.

    A great buy though and highly recommended if you can lost passed the price and minor build quality flaws.

  18. RafaelaPhilip says:

     United Kingdom

    The good
    This is a really nicely built controller, made of high quality materials. Nice travel case with an excellent charging stand (alone or in the case) – heavy and magnetised. Feels very much like a typical Xbox One controller in hand, but with a higher quality feel. Finally a lithium ion battery was included. Better bluetooth than previous controller versions.

    The not so good
    This controller is plagued by a few issues:
    1. It requires a cabled update out of the box. On first use the A button would activate the Xbox menu while gaming. Updating with Xbox accessories app resolves this. Not a great FTUE though.

    2. When clicked, the right stick would turn the controller off. Only connecting to USB cable would wake it up afterwards. This makes the controller binable in my opinion. I read online that this defect was happening to a few people, though in true corp fashion, no resolution was offered other than textbook replies. So I ordered a replacement and no longer have this issue, so it must have been hardware related.

    I noticed that the original and replacement controllers had two different box designs. Ref my attached pics. Things to look out for are;
    – The functioning controller is packaged with an additional design detail: a small, yellow, skewed rectangle below the logo, amongst other typographic and layout/design differences.
    – Lot numbers differed. The defective version was lot 2127, the functioning one was Lot 2136, so I’m assuming it’s a newer build.

    3. Connectivity is slightly problematic with PC/Windows 10. Once connected to bluetooth things seem fine, but if then connected to the USB cable, this will break the bluetooth connection and it will not restore automatically after disconnecting the cable – you’ll have to reconnect manually. Using the wireless charger luckily does not break the bluetooth connection. So this issue can be circumvented.

    I wouldn’t expect these kind of deal-breaker hardware issues from a Microsoft/Xbox product. But I did buy this controller with the understanding that my previous versions had some of the worst bluetooth implementations of any controller and would get constant dropouts. The Elite 2 seems to have sorted this issue with much better bluetooth connectivity.

    Swapping out paddles and sticks seems somewhat unnecessary and more like a marketing gimmick, but there are more comfortable stick combos to be had from the options. I removed the extra set of back paddles underneath as they are just far too easy to press while resting your hands, but I do appreciate these extra button options. The ability to shorten the trigger distance physically is a also a nice touch to speed up reaction times.

    Overall it’s a nice update to controller family. Just keep an eye on your batch number if you run into the same right stick issue that I had.

    Great, but sadly let down by manufacture defects and annoying quirks.

  19. Dua Rashid says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    Great controller – shipped with 1 bad paddle which I bought a replacement from ebay for. Only another original sorted that issue out.
    Secondly Y button is a slightly harder press than the rest.
    Apart from those 2 issues, really good strong build. Great case and strong battery life.
    Game Changer but not sure on longevity and will most likely end up claiming the Microsoft extended warranty.
    Hope this helps fellow gamers.

  20. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    For the last 8 years i always have bought knock of controllers for about 25-40 what dose exactly the same as what this dose.

    But i thought id treat my self to the official one for a change because i was getting fed up of having wires everywhere so i got this controller.

    Don’t get me wrong the controller is good nothing wrong with it and works fine and on PC the software is good i just expected a lot more bang for the buck….

    Last controller i had was 35 dose exactly the same as what this dose even down to adjusting the stick tension and the paddles on the back but it was just wired and with my new setup i wanted to go wireless but still have all the same features.

    So basically i just paid 125+ ontop of what i would normally get just to be wireless

  21. E-Cigarette News says:

     United Kingdom

    When I needed a new controller, I looked at all the ones out there and what my finances were. I’d been looking into getting either an elite or a scuff, at the time I couldn’t afford either and looked at cheaper alternatives. Which you really do get what you pay for, so when I had the opportunity to buy one, I took it. The controller is the same size as a standard controller, but weighs slightly more due to the magnets inside to hold the thumbsticks and d-pad in place, also the second set of rumble motors near the triggers. Placement of the paddles underneath are great and more ergonomic unlike the scuffs which you have to reach over one to hit the other, the controller itself is fully customisable through the xbox devices app, where you can remap the buttons and adjust the sensitivity of the triggers, etc. The two issues that I have with the controller are that you do not get pairs of interchangeable thumbsticks, and the trigger stop for the left hand rubs my finger as I play due to the positioning of the thumbstick, but these are just minor problems and do not really effect the overall build of the controller. Well worth the extra money, for any gamer who spends a lot of time gaming.

  22. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    I’ve had this for a year now and I wanted to hold off writing a review until I had used it for quite some time. I paid 159.99 at the time. I wanted something that would last a while as COVID put me on furlough for almost this whole time. First initial thoughts is that it’s got some weight. It feels nice in my hands and I like that something that is expensive and feels it. The customisations you can do to this controller is impressive. I use just 2 paddles on the back. The different sizes for the log sticks are great too, I use the ones that have extra grip. The controller massively improved my gaming level. I play a lot of FPS games and this controller was perfect for it. However, stick drift came in about a month ago, I don’t know what the average life span of these controllers are but it should be more than 12 months. The stick drift is the only downside for me. I’ll try and get it fixed but if no luck I’ll probably buy it again.

    After a years use

  23. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Three of us each bought one. One had required a return to be issued on the same day it arrived because the A button would very easily become trapped under the housing and remain stuck there.

    The others (including the replacement) ended up being almost perfectly fine. With two of them the A button *can* still slip under the housing and become stuck there, but it doesn’t happen easily. It seems like a ubiquitous design flaw in the manufacturing of these controllers.

    We upgraded to this from the original Elite controller, primarily because we still love the design and robustness, but really wanted a built-in lithium battery, the snazzy little magnetic dock, and the bluetooth connectivity it comes with.

    I also really like that they designed it so that you’re able to dock and charge it in the provided case–it’s a very neat and efficient solution.

    All-in-all, we remain happy with these controllers and, of course, hope that they’ll prove to be as long-lasting and robust as their predecessor.

  24. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Havent had any problems with mine first of all, felt like i needed to say that

    Extra paddles are very nice, easy to switch between different presets you can make with 1 button press,

    Feels very premium and is easy to swap things around

    Takes some time getting used to but worth the learning curve and loads of customisability not just with buttons but with depth of trigger useage and deadzones for the sticks, you’ll learn what deadzones are using this if you dont already.

    Analogue stick moves to one side slightly but if i tighten up the sticks shouldnt be a problem

    Much better than a normal controller, hard to go back to that

    Best part is the case also works as a charging stand!
    Also the charge lasts a long time, havent timed it as i pretty much put in case to charge after useage but can easily use for a full play day and then some before charging.

    Also comes with a thin cloth by the charging slot to cover it when theres no need to charge the controller so you dont charge in excess but you want to place the controller there. Very handy

    Check the video and pics for some perspective

    Quick summary of what i think

  25. MarilynnRoyal says:

     United Kingdom


    – The buttons are clicky and responsive (fantastic for things that require accurate fast input like Mortal Kombat)
    – The sticks themselves are smooth and individually pressure-tuneable
    – The weight of the controller itself feels very premium
    – More customisability that you can waggle a chicken at
    – Included carrying case is an F1 pitstop for accessories and also charges the controller
    – USB C
    – Bluetooth – I’m using on my xbox, switch and pc interchangably
    – Not even remotely had to think of battery life so far


    – Pricey
    – Xbox Accessories app forbids using the extra triggers for anything but existing non elite inputs
    – Bluetooth support on Windows 10 is awful – switching between usb and bluetooth is a lesson in frustration (however I suspect this to be an Win10 issue)

    On pc you can use software like reWASD to help rebind things to various levels of success, but for me the biggest boon was the increase in quality of the buttons and inputs.

    If MS let you use the additional triggers as their own input buttons by default this would solve the lion’s share of issues it has.

    Outside of this, it genuinely made me a better player at every game I played (finally beat my MK11 arch nemesis >:D)

    I really want to give this a 5, but the cost and the input mapping only just stop that.

    I still would absolutely recommend this to anyone even thinking about it.

  26. RoseannC64 says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 2 From Our UsersFirst thing I noticed about this controller is that on first impressions the rubber grips are very very slippy, the complete opposite of what I expected and I hated them…. But, after using the controller for a day and getting a feel for it I realised that they actually become very very grippy. But then the next day they felt slippy again almost like trying to hold a bar of soap. But what I figured out is that whilst the rubber is cold it’s very slippy, but once you’ve held the controller for 5 minutes it becomes grippy. The only problem is if you stop holding the controller for 5 minutes it becomes slippy again. It’s really quite strange. The grip isn’t even the reason I bought the controller I’ve never really struggled with grip on a controller before, but it’s the first thing I noticed about it and initially I thought it was a bad thing. Now I’m just used to it and don’t mind it at all.

    You can easily map the controls to do what you like and set 3 profiles to have different paddles do a different action and different games without having to make a new profile every time you switch games.
    The best thing about the controller is the thumb sticks. They are next level you can’t feel any friction whatsoever against the out outside ring it’s amazing. The changeable llsrucksbthatbcomebwith it I have trued but I’ve just stuck with the standard sticks.

    The buttons on the back are really nice a super premium feel to them too. I started with all 4 on there hover a finger over each paddle but it was really awkward to hold the controller that way. Basically only leaving your pinky finger to grip on. Now I just use 2 paddles on the back. I’ve move the 2 smaller ones to the lower pisituon and use my middle fingers to press them and that’s a much more natural feeling.

    The adjustable triggers a good feature also.

    The overall feel of the controller is very premium. And I’m glas I have it. Its very expensive for what it is though so I’m not 100% sure it’s worth the money. I just had some burning a hole on my pocket.

    The only cons I can think of is that there is no share button like on the series x/s controller, though you can actually completely remap all the buttons and turn one of the paddles into this button if you wanted.

    I also prefer the D pad on the series x/s controller. The big dish thing tgat comes with this is too flat for me and I have opted for the old school + shaped D pad instead. I hope the bring out a series x/s one out for this it wouldn’t be hard to do as its all swappable parts.

    And finally the center part of the controller has a kind of silicone covering or something. It’s feels really nice and premium but it leaves grease marks.

    Takes some getting used to

  27. HungPrerauer says:

     United Kingdom

    The Elite 2 is very comfortable with a lovely weight to it. What strikes me most about this controller is the premium quality. From the packaging, the optional metal D pad, back buttons, various thumb sticks and protective case. You get what you pay for and I should hope so too. I do think for what it is it IS too expensive.
    The addition of the back buttons is a game changer (no pun intended). This is an important aspect for me as I am a lefty, and play with swapped sticks in First Person games. Unless I hold a controller in “claw” then I’m fairly handicapped.
    Is it my favourite controller? No. I much prefer Playstation 5’s innovative Dual Sense or even Playstation 4’s Dual Shock 4 with the back button attachment.
    I use this on my PC for compatibility reasons and is by far Microsoft’s best controller to date. Just a pity about that price tag.

  28. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    Ok now lets get a couple of negatives out of the way.. Grips too slippery (scuf super sticky) very heavy need to have rumbles removed, thats why only 4 stars.. However the build quality, customisation options are 5 star.. You can map buttons and save 3 pre sets.. There are 4 paddle positions and two paddle styles which are metallic not plastic, you can set trigger stops to variable positions.. you can easily change thumb sticks and D pads.. all in all an excellent product, the cherry on the cake is the charging holder, you simply lay it on it, no fiddly cables, and you can use all four paddles with Astro mix amp m80 unlike a scuf.. For some reason PlayStation seem to be getting a better product from the likes of companies like Scuf.. This Elite controller is IMO the best suitable, better than the current scuf prestige and I would highly recommend and thats coming from someone who has purchased 8 scufs over the years..

  29. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Edit: I once again own an Elite Series 2, after realising that much of the button defects I had noticed are _also_ present on standard Xbox controllers. With some adjustments to finger placement this is no longer an issue for me on the Elite v2. I’m not sure that I’d recommend it as I expect the triggers might give up the ghost in the future, but for now, at least, I’m very much enjoying the controller, and it is, very much, the best feeling controller I’ve had the pleasure of owning (as I’ll repeat below in my original review).

    This is the best feeling controller I’ve ever held. Paddles on the back of the controller are indespensible, the grip is solid, the extra thumbstick options are welcome. It’s a nice black, holds a great charge, etc., etc.

    I could sing this controller’s praises, and yet, my first goes back for a replacement. Why? As other reviews have mentioned, the ‘A’ button wasn’t registering unless pressed on its exact center. That’s absolutely unacceptable for an item with this price tag.

    3 stars for now because everything else about the controller is great, and faulty products happen. (I’ve never had an issue with the non-elite Xbox controllers, so one wonders why Microsoft has these kinds of issues with their premium offering).

    Edit: My second controller had the same ‘A’ button issue, but with an additional ‘B’ button issue. The ‘B’ button also wouldn’t register clicks. Wonderful. Changing my review to 1 star. I can’t recommend this product in its current state. Microsoft’s Q&A has severely let this down

    Edit, edit: after further testing with multiple generations of Xbox controllers, I’ve been able to replicate the same behavior across all of them. Why I haven’t noticed until now is a mystery, but putting this to 4 stars.

  30. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom 🇬🇧

    I’ve had this for about 6 months now and overall I’ve loved it.
    Very smart packaging with lots of customisable parts, long battery life with quick recharging, comfortable to hold, paddles are really useful once you’re used to them and it just looks great.

    However, within a month or so I was having issues such as the RB button not working unless I pressed very hard and the left stick click would fail to register while pushing the stick forward at the same time (i.e. what you usually do to sprint in FPS games). This was frustrating and lasted for about a week, I was going to send it off for a replacement but then it somehow fixed itself and has been fine since.

    I’ve read other reviews with from people with similar problems that have not had the luck I had in them correcting themselves so this is something to be wary of, but this may be fixed in newer models.

    If you do run into button issues, I’d recommend not using it for a couple of days because this seemed to be the catalyst for mine to fix itself. Might be nonsense, but it worked for me.

    Nonetheless, this controller has transformed my gameplay and provided you don’t run into button issues, I think this is the best controller out there.

  31. ErmaLWEhvitb says:

     United Kingdom

    Had heard horror stories about the first batch of elite controllers Microsoft released and it is a lot of money to part with compared to the standard Xbox controllers, but I thought I would take the plunge, try the series 2 and hope they had ironed out the defects that many people suffered with from the first edition. When it arrived I was very happy, it comes with a carry case with charging dock inside, various interchangeable thumb sticks, it all looks very smart and secure.

    Initially when I began using the controller, a couple of the buttons (A button mainly) were sticking. I was on the verge of sending the controller back. After a little research I am led to believe this is down to the adhesives they use to assemble to controller getting in the wrong place. However I continued to use the controller and after a day or two the buttons stopped sticking and all is working like normal, and is still all good and working correctly after heavy use.

    The battery life is one of the things I am most impressed with, and the extra long charging cable is also very useful.

    Overall the controller is comfy to hold, albeit slightly heavier than a standard controller, but this is easy to get used to. It is also easy to set up, and the button mapping selector is useful for changing from one style of game to another.

    To conclude if anyone does happen to still be reading this, excellent controller that feels well made, and if you do have any initial problems with sticky buttons, persevere for a day or two before you go through the hassle of sending back as it may sort itself out like mine did.

  32. ShalandWaley says:

     United Kingdom

    Bought for my gaming computer, The features of this controller are great. Rapid fire triggers with automated calibration built in, tension adjustable analogues, graphic equaliser adjustable feedback for analogues, vibration sensitivity and LED brightness to help save battery, and complete mapping of every button, including a shift modifier if need be. The Xbox elite controller uses USB type-C so won’t never have an issue with it falling out or falling apart and the wire is more than long enough. Wired should always be your first option for competitive gameplay.
    So its my favourite controller of all time. probably for the next 3 years

    i had gotten a short stroke of buyers remorse after when i tried using the Bluetooth because I expected more from it, i couldn’t figure out why it kept disconnecting and causing frame rate drops. So i did some research and found out that Bluetooth is not meant for real time human interface devices that want to transmit lots of inputs at once.
    You should only use Bluetooth when your using the controller like a tv remote to change channels or like how you would use a headset, you barely send more than one command at a time.
    If i ever decide I want to buy a 50″ 4k gaming monitor and sit 10 feet away i will buy a Microsoft official wireless adapter to play wirelessly in demanding games to use the wireless band that the Xbox one or ps4 uses.

    Bluetooth is crap in general its not this controllers built in Bluetooth its just Bluetooth, be it laptops, car radios, headsets, phones, speakers, they have all give me problems. on a positive note it does actually hold a connection when I want to just lay in bed without getting up and play walking dead, or crash bandicoot insane trilogy, or watch a movie on kodi. But when trying to play MotoGP 2020, or CoD MW, or Shadow of the Tomb Raider, or Resident Evil it just kept disconnecting, so i would need the wireless adapter for that.

    I cant go back to another controller, EVER!

  33. Emma Shacklock says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersI had done a 2 star review before for a previous elite 2. The thumb-sticks would wiggle in the middle. Biggest dead zone I’ve ever seen. Could not properly aim, But no stick drift. Played it maybe 10 hours.
    I sent it back for a full refund.
    Got another one. Just to see.

    This second one is perfect. Most perfect controller I’ve ever had by far. No dead zone. No drift. Everything is smooth, battery lasts forever, so comfortable and strong build materials. I made sure I played as much as I could just to test the controller. I’ve played maybe 40 hours in a week, might have been a record. Now I can rest knowing the controller seems to be perfect. In all this time never had any drop in connectivity with my Wi-Fi receiver on pc.

    Time will tell about the longevity and quality. Will change the review accordingly.
    Doesn’t get 4 stars just because of Microsoft lack of quality control on such an expensive item.

    If you got a defective one maybe give it another try. If you get a good one it’s well worth the price.

  34. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersI’ve used pretty much all the controller’s out there and this is my favourite.

    The short activating triggers are pretty good, especially with the amazing amount of software customisation available, but the reason I like these is the back paddles. It took a while to get used to them but now I can effortlessly use both sticks and access 8 buttons at once. It’s hard to imagine playing some games (especially souls games) without this now I’m used to it.

    My only issue is that the binding options are A bit limited on PC. I’d like to bind all buttons to unique inputs but I’m stuck mapping to joypad inputs. This generally means that the 4 back paddles are just convenient ways of reaching other buttons and not new buttons themselves.

  35. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersBuild quality is amazing, it has some proper weight to it. The case it comes in feels really well made and even has a port so you can charge the controller while it’s in there, AirPod style.
    Comes with a very long USB C cable (Controller now takes USB C) and a selection of alternate thumb sticks, although in some cases it comes with one if a certain type..why?

    I found I prefer to use the controller without the paddles, which made me wonder if this is a waste of money for me? I love the quality and all the other bits including customising the stiffness of the thumb sticks, but I can’t help but feel like they should bring out a Lite version with the same build quality but no extra bits like Thumb sticks, paddles etc. at a reduced price.

    The grip feels really nice being textured all round but doesn’t solve sweaty palm slippage issues.

    Overall I’d say it’s a lot of money, but you can easily justify it by using it on a regular basis.
    One of the vibration motors also makes a really annoying noise, not sure if it’s a fault with mine or because the internals are now metal.

  36. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 31 From Our UsersAbsolutely stunning piece of kit and the perfect addition to my setup. So happy with my purchase. From the weight of the pad to the premium texture and feel. Amazing

    Absolutely stunning piece of ki

  37. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 19 From Our UsersIf you haven’t come from the OG elite maybe it’ll take some time to adjust but I can only really feedback positive changes from the previous model. The clickable paddles are a great improvement and the charging dock is lovely and far more practical. The only negative I would say is actually the area in which most users share that they like, and that’s the new grippy surface. For me (and I realise I do have a strange sensation with touching certain textures at times) it feels horrible to touch each time I start gaming. Almost feels like my palms are sweaty, which they aren’t. Interestingly this doesn’t bother me once I’ve held the controller for a while.

    Ultimately, it comes down to cost and is the new V2 elite controller worth the money? Well I would say it is, but the subtle improvements might not justify upgrading from the original especially if your current controller is still going strong. If however you don’t have the OG elite and want to expand your gaming capabilities then maybe you should self induldge and treat yourself to a very nice product.

  38. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 54 From Our UsersI would like to start this review saying that if you want to treat yourself assuming you’ve got the money, go for it.

    First off this controller is the one you must get. The advantage you can get against others in online gaming is pretty noticeable (considering that you know what you’re doing).

    In terms of build quality it looks like it has been improved a lot compared to the first gen. This Elite series 2 it is way different and sturdy compared to the first one.

    Those rubberized grips all over the body makes a lot more comfortable. The paddles have been shortened and the access to them when you hold the pad is good. The internal battery and the USB type C port makes it the definitive version of an Xbox One controller. You can use it both on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

    To sum up: it is an absolute gem of a pad and it could be expensive, but if you’re into online only games it is the one you don’t want to miss. Only downside is the price, other than that is magnificent.

    The best controller ever made.

  39. KaliYMWtycxfi says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersOk so, i have owned a series 1 elite controller for over a year and despite all the bad reviews of it braking down easily mine has been running fine with nothing changed on it and looking after it as far as not playing with greasy fingers and giving it a wipe every now and then

    With series 2 that came with a slight bigger price the first impressions are very good, as you would of thought it is a bit better and steadier build thatnks to build in long life battery its kind of a one piece of controller with custom mods on it

    It came with same case maybe made a bit better and with this lovely magnetic stand which makes your pad slot in instantly being chatged in case either zipped up close or oppened and still able to be used while charged of course

    Along with extra fancy sticks and everything kind of nicely “blacked” out

    Overall i am giving this 4/5 and not 5/5 is because i only got it today and as with everything, you never know so remind me in 2-3 months to update

    Personally think its great and better then serries 1

  40. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 59 From Our UsersHad it since Saturday and only a bit disappointed regarding the none replaceable battery. The device feels premium the battery life is excellent and the tension on the joy sticks is very good as well.Trigger stops work very well at the highest setting with shot guns etc which it did not with the old elite controller.My battery is still more than half way after a few days of use and that was using my razer headset with it most of the time. The only thing i am worried about is when the battery dies i will have to have it plugged in all the time. I believe that is a mistake and would be worried about battery swelling when it eventually runs out of juice. After carefully looking at the controller i see no option to service it.I guess i will have to wait for an ifixit video. To sum it up i would say get it if you have the money. Update battery still going strong and it’s now Wednesday!

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