Xbox Elite Series 2, world’s most advanced controller

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Microsoft just revealed the specs to the Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless controller and it is shaping up to be the world’s most advanced controller.

With the launch of the original Xbox Elite Wireless Controller in 2015, Microsoft wanted to give gamers a new way to play at their full potential. To do so they partnered with members of the gaming community to develop a premium gaming controller.

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The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller offers levels of customization which surpassed any previous Xbox controller. In the last four years, the response from fans around the innovative features in the Elite controller has been incredibly positive, and Microsoft have learned a lot about how their most passionate gamers play. So, they applied what they learned toward the newest member of the Xbox accessories family.

Is Elite Series 2 the world’s most advanced controller?

Making Elite Series 2 the world’s most advanced controller ever was Microsoft’s goal from the get-go. Compatible with Xbox One consoles, Windows PCs, and other platforms that support the Xbox controller family, the new controller includes over 30 new and improved features focused that truly set this controller aside from the rest:

Unmatched performance.

The Elite Series 2 builds upon findings from the original Elite Controller and provides a cutting-edge gaming controller experience unlike anything else on the market today. A brand-new feature that comes with the Elite Series 2 is adjustable-tension thumbsticks. You can choose between three different resistance settings, including options to match the same thumbstick resistance as Xbox 360 or standard Xbox One controllers. The new controller also comes with an additional, shorter hair trigger lock setting where the trigger pull distance is shorter than ever, helping you fire faster.  The controller now automatically recognizes adjustments to the hair trigger locks, so you won’t need to make changes in the Xbox Accessories app each time you change the trigger locks. Additionally, new wrap-around rubberized grips extend to the top of the controller for more control and comfort.

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More ways to customize.

The Elite Series 2 comes with new interchangeable thumbsticks and paddle shapes, so you can better tailor the controller to your gaming preferences. You can now save up to 3 custom profiles on the controller and instantly switch between them and a default profile with the dedicated Profile button. New LED lights on the top of the controller indicate which profile is selected. The updated Xbox Accessories app* provides the Elite Series 2 with limitless customization for remapping buttons, triggers, bumpers, and paddles – this includes new features like remapping voice commands (‘record that’, ‘take a screenshot’ etc.) to buttons. You also get more choice in how you connect your Elite Series 2 to your devices, including Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth, and USB-C. 

Designed for extended gameplay and durability.

For the first time ever, we’ve included a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 40 hours of battery life per charge. Our long-life battery is designed to operate at its full capacity for years of use. The controller comes with a USB-C cable and charging dock, giving you multiple options for charging your controller.  The Elite Series 2 is built to last with re-engineered components including the bumpers, thumbsticks, and grip material for improved resilience.  We developed new firmware to automatically calibrate thumbsticks for improved dead zone control. There’s also a premium carrying case for added protection.

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 will be available in Australia from November 4th 2019. The Elite Series 2 will retail for $249.95 AUD MSRP and is available for pre-order now at EB Games, JB HiFi and Microsoft Store.

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