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Xbox Elite Series 2 White Core Controller Is Available Now

You can also purchase a components pack separately to add paddles and swap analog sticks.


Announced earlier this month, the Xbox Elite Series 2 "Core" model is available now. Stripped down to the "essentials," the new white pro-style controller costs $130. The Core Elite Series 2 gives Xbox and PC users a more budget-friendly option in the premium controller market. The Complete Component Pack, which comes with add-ons such as paddles and additional analog sticks, is available for $60. Both products are available to purchase at the Microsoft Store and Amazon.

The controller has adjustable-tension thumbsticks, a rubberized grip on the handles, and hair trigger locks. Button-mapping is available through the Xbox Accessories app, just like it is for the regular model.

If players want to upgrade, or replace components on an existing Series 2 controller, they can grab the the Complete Component Pack for $60 USD. This includes interchangeable thumbsticks, paddle shapes, and the new D-pad. It also comes with a carrying case, charging dock, and USB-C cable.

Comparing the two Elite Series 2 controllers
Comparing the two Elite Series 2 controllers

Additionally, Microsoft announced that the Elite Series 2 will be added to Xbox Design Lab this holiday season. This will allow players to create and customize their own Xbox controller, with the Elite Series 2 model joining the lineup of options. Pricing was not announced, but Design Lab controllers are typically around $10 more expensive than the standard models.

Microsoft also revealed a new feature for Elite Series 2 owners. Players can adjust the Xbox button's light on their controller from white to a wider assortment of colors. This feature will be available within the Xbox Accessories App.

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Microsoft's newest Elite controller is designed for performance and competition. Specifically, the hair trigger locks can help players be more competitive in shooter games because they allow players to begin firing more quickly. The Elite controller has been generally well-received, too, earning solid review scores.

For more, check out GameSpot's breakdown of the best Xbox Series X controllers available right now, which is topped by the Elite Series 2.

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