Xbox Elite Series Controllers
The Xbox Elite controllers are a controller series oriented to "elite gamers" with some extra features, like swappable thumbsticks and D-pad, extra buttons, configurable profiles and an internal battery (in the case of the Elite 2 controller). However, the Elite series controllers are infamous for their cheap build quality and many other issues.
- While the Elite 1 controller has swappable batteries, the Elite 2 features an unswappable internal battery.
- The Elite 2 controller has Bluetooth support.
- The Elite 2 also includes a tension control key and a magnetic charging dock in the controller box.
- Elite 1 controller doesn't feature the rubber grips.
- In addition, the Elite 1 controller has 2 configuration profiles, while the Elite 2 has 3.
Why They're Not Elite
- False advertising: The controller was announced as a tough and high-quality controller, but in reality, it is extremely flawed and has many issues.
- Both of the controllers are of extremely poor quality and can break very easily after only a few uses or within weeks of owning it:
- Thumbsticks will often drift to the sides, even if you try to center them.
- Sometimes the thumbsticks can click and stick or even get stuck.
- The bumpers and shoulder buttons feel really cheap to the touch.
- A lot of pieces can get loose or even fall off, like the rubber grips, the thumbsticks and the bumpers.
- The D-pad is very unresponsive.
- The buttons have a considerable input lag and they can get very sticky.
- The rubber can often peel off or bubble, even if you don't give it an intense usage.
- The extra paddle buttons can feel uncomfortable for some people.
- Sometimes the controller can get disconnected for no apparent reason.
- Despite the poor quality, the first Elite controller was absurdly overpriced, as it was sold for $150, half of what the Xbox One costs.
- Microsoft only offers a 90-day warranty, which is very short for a controller. Even more damning, some users reported that they never received support from Microsoft.
- The Elite 2 controller didn't solve most of the previously mentioned issues, and it's even more expensive, costing $180.
- Speaking of the Elite 2, it now has an internal battery than can only last up to 40 hours. That sounds fine but considering the Wii U Pro controller's battery life can last up to 80 hours, this is honestly really pathetic, especially for it's aformentioned price.
- Just like the original Xbox One controller, the design is great and the grip is really comfortable and ergonomic.
- You can change the thumbsticks and the D-pad.
- The Elite 2's internal battery is a nice alternative to the Elite 1's removable batteries.