Microsoft has announced a new version of its “Elite” premium Xbox controller. The Xbox Elite Series 2 “Core” model is the same Elite Series 2, but with only the “essentials,” and it’s priced more affordably. The controller releases in just a couple of weeks and is available to preorder now at the Microsoft Store and Amazon.
Priced at $130 USD, 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.