Xbox’s new Elite controller might be for you, especially if you’ve been waiting for a more affordable option.
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 gets a new ‘Core Edition’ that comes in a smooth white finish – a big difference from the solid black of the original. And unlike the launch edition, you can buy the new controller as a standalone, without all the accessories that come with the black Elite Series 2. So it’s a drastically cheaper option, as long as you don’t bother with the extras.
A release date hasn’t been announced yet, but the price tag is $129.99 / £114.99 / AU$137.44. Still, you can go ahead and pre-order the white Core Edition Elite Controller from the official Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) now if you want to beat the crowds.
That’s a saving of $50 / £45 / AU$113, which is a big price savings compared to the $179.99 / £159.99 / AU$249.95 price of the original Series 2 pad. But when you take into account all the extra accessories – such as the carrying case and spare paddles and thumbsticks – now bundled separately in the Complete Component Pack (opens in new tab) it comes out at about the same price. With the package, you’ll get an extra $59.99 (around £45.99 / AU$89.99), bringing the total cost roughly to that of the black Elite Series 2, which comes standard with all of that.
Elite for the masses?
If you don’t care about the extras in the component package and you’re hoping to save on the black Elite Wireless Controller, you’re out of luck. Microsoft has confirmed that for now it is only the white Elite Series 2 that will be available as a standalone Core edition. However, a Microsoft spokesperson told us they would have “additional information about this soon.” So the Core edition branding may be extended to other Elite pads in the future.
The official announcement of this white variant of the Elite Series 2 controller came not long after it was spotted in the wild along with its packaging. It seemed like a safe bet that the path was indeed real, but I’m glad Microsoft didn’t let us down on that front for too long.
Of course, there are no significant differences from the original Elite Series 2, other than the color scheme. But just offering the pad at a lower price is a smart move. It gives players on a budget the chance to try out the excellent Elite controller, with the option to purchase the accessories separately if they wish.
I’m hopeful that this new Core edition brand name will eventually make its way to other controllers in Microsoft’s Elite range; that are available now and in the future. Not only because of the cost-effectiveness, but also because of the potential of more colors. I really like the new white design, but such a solid color scheme definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
Microsoft’s announcement of the white Elite Series 2 comes relatively soon after the unveiling of the DualSense Edge. Sony’s pro pad debut doesn’t have a price and release date yet. But I’m curious how the customization options and overall feel will compare to Xbox’s Elite pad.