E3 2019 | Microsoft unveils new Xbox Elite Series 2 controller with 30 new features and upgrades
Microsoft has had a busy E3 keynote today unveiling the details of Project Scarlett, its next-generation gaming console. Among the announcements, Microsoft also introduced its next-generation Elite controller. The good news is that it will be available from November and brings with it 30 new features and design enhancements including some long sought-after tweaks.
At the top of the list, the Elite Series 2 controller incorporates adjustable-tension thumbsticks with three settings that can be set using the included thumbstick-adjustment tool. It also incorporates Bluetooth and USB-C for the first time as well, meaning you won't need a separate dongle when pairing it to a PC, while it will be a straightforward pair with tablet or smartphone too - this will be important for Microsoft's new xCloud play-anywhere on any device streaming service.
Microsoft has also included a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery that is good for 40 hours on the go. This can be conveniently recharged within its accompanying case that now includes an integrated charging dock, which is a nice touch. Up to three custom profiles and a default profile can be stored on the controller to optimize gameplay across devices and game genres. Buttons can be assigned using the companion Xbox Accessories app. A new rubberized wrap-around grip and shorter hair trigger locks round out a comprehensive upgrade.
The Microsoft Xbox Elite Series 2 controller is currently up for pre-order for US$149.