Microsoft today unveils a new version of its popular Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. Besides being a new color variant, it also has a lower retail price, although it doesn’t include many things found in the standard Elite 2 controller. Pre-orders have started on Amazon.
of Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Core is a two-tone controller with a matte black grip and a predominantly white body. With a retail price of $129.99, the Elite 2 – Core is competitively priced compared to the standard Elite 2 controller ($179.99).
However, even that cheap price tag comes with some caveats. Major ones include a carrying case, paddles, extra thumbsticks, and the lack of a standard D-Pad. The infographic below shows a clear comparison of both Elite Series 2 controllers.
Luckily, you have the option to purchase additional parts that are included with the standard Elite Controller. In a press release, Microsoft announced a new “Complete Component Pack‘ includes a carrying case, charging dock, extra thumbstick, USB-C cable and standard D-Pad. Only $59.99.
This is useful if you have purchased the Xbox Elite 2 – Core Controller and want to customize your controller further, but the complete component pack is also ideal for current Elite 2 controller owners in need of replacement parts. Therefore, it extends the life of the current controller in case parts are lost or damaged.
Microsoft also confirmed that it will be bringing the Elite 2 controller to the Xbox Design Lab this holiday season. For the first time since the customization program began in 2016, the Xbox Elite Series controllers will be available in the Xbox Design Lab.
Taylor is an Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on her Twitter @Tay Nixster.