At the Xbox E3 2019 media briefing, Microsoft finally revealed that it is working on a second edition of the much appreciated, and very expensive, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. Called “Series 2,” the controller features a lot of improvements, among which a USB-C type charge port and an integrated battery.
Talking with fans on Twitter as he usually does, Phil Spencer, the head of gaming at Microsoft, has confirmed that the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 will work on Project Scarlett, the upcoming next gen console from Microsoft that releases throughout the holiday season in 2020.
Spencer simply said “it will” when asked about whether the controller would work on Scarlett or not, and his answer doesn’t clear out if regular Xbox One controllers will be compatible with the next gen console.
However, considering there are cross-gen games in the making and Xbox One and Scarlett will have the same connectivity plan in terms of wireless and bluetooth devices, we guess this could be extendable to all the controllers out there — so don’t throw any of them away, just in case.
Here’s a rundown of the features of the newest Elite Controller by the way.
- Unmatched performance. The Elite Series 2 builds upon learnings 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.
- 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.
It’s releasing on November 4 and is priced USD 179.99.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) 10 giugno 2019