A much cheaper alternative for those who want to have an Xbox elite controller.
If Xbox has been recognized for anything since the Xbox 360, it is for the quality of its controllers. From the durability of the joysticks and excellent wireless connectivity to the ergonomics of the same. A section that has always stood out despite having the disadvantage of being controls to alkaline batteries. Therefore, the arrival of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller was a leap much further.
After many leaks about a new series 2 controller and the hype created after the new DualSense Edge Wireless controller for PS5, Xbox finally revealed its new controller. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Core presents a much more affordable alternative for those who want an Elite controller. However, leaving certain elements aside in order to reduce costs.
“The Panda” Elite controller
In the beginning, the popularity of the Xbox Elite controllers was not very high. The reason for this is that by presenting a $179 controller, almost half the cost of the cheapest Xbox console, fans did not accept it very well. However, the quality of the Elite controllers, and the amount of customization that the controller allowed, Xbox and PC gamers began to love the controller.
What was still a problem being the price. $179 for a controller was still steep. As a result, fans demanded a much cheaper alternative. A controller that would present the same quality of the Elite controllers, maybe cheaper in some materials or accessories, but that would be more accessible to everyone. So, after many leaks in recent months, and comments from Xbox staff, it has finally been revealed: The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Core.
Dubbed by the community as “The Panda”, this new controller is the long-awaited alternative. For $50 at least, we would be getting the same quality of an Elite controller, but without the full range of accessories and the carrying case that comes with the more expensive version of the Elite controllers. We’ll still be getting: adjustable-tension thumbsticks, shorter hair trigger locks, 40 hours of rechargeable battery life, custom button mapping with the Xbox accessories app, and even more!
If you want to get your hands on one of these controllers, you’ll have to wait until September 21. However, you can pre-order your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Core via the Microsoft Store. Do you need to know how it differs before purchasing this new controller? Don’t worry, here below is a table made by Xbox where you can see the differences between the two elite controllers available.