Microsoft is introducing a new version of the popular Xbox Elite Series 2 console today. Far from being a new color variant, it also comes at a cheaper retail price but doesn’t include many of the items found on the standard Elite 2 controller. Pre-orders now available on Amazon.
The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller – Core It is a two-tone console with matte black knobs and a primarily white body. Retailing at $129.99, the Elite 2 – Core is more competitive when compared to the standard Elite 2 controller, which costs $179.99.
However, this cheaper price also comes with some caveats; Chief among them include the lack of a carrying case, paddles, extra thumbsticks, and a standard D-Pad. You can see the infographic below that shows the clear comparisons between both Elite Series 2 controllers.
Fortunately, there is an option to purchase the extra parts included with the standard Elite Controller. Microsoft confirmed in a press release that it will sell a new product.Complete ingredient package,” which includes the carrying case, charging base, extra thumb stick, USB-C cable, and a standard D-Pad for Only $59.99.
While this is suitable for those who purchase an Xbox Elite 2 – Core controller and would like to get more customization out of their console, the complete component package is also ideal for existing Elite 2 console owners who may need replacement parts. Thus increasing the life of the current controller if a part is lost or broken.
Microsoft has also confirmed that it will bring the Elite 2 console to the Xbox Design Lab sometime this holiday season. Marking the first time an Xbox Elite series controller will be available at the Xbox Design Lab since the launch of the customization program in 2016.
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