Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

  • 2016

  • Product
    Consumer Electronics

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  • Microsoft Device Design Team

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The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is a performance-class controller with an adaptable, tailored design aimed at meeting the individual needs of competitive gamers and enthusiastic amateurs alike.

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller was designed over the course of a year in close collaboration with professional-level gamers. It features a wide range of adaptable configurations to help improve accuracy, speed and reach.

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  • Every surface and detail of the controller was designed to meet the rigorous demands of competitive gamers. Stainless steel thumbstick shafts, D-pads, and paddles were built to last. Low-friction, reinforced rings around each thumbstick minimize wear and provide buttery-smooth action and rubberized diamond grip gives the controller a more substantial feel while providing more stability. The enhanced grip also allows players to hold the controller with less effort, so they can play longer and more comfortably. The soft-touch finish on the top case provides a luxurious feel and nonslip control.

  • Players can swap between a variety of metal thumbsticks and D-pads for personalized control and ergonomics, creating a controller that best fits their hand size and play style. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller has four slots for interchangeable paddles, which can be easily attached and removed without tools. The paddles give players' fingers more control to execute their devastating moves; with this controller, they don't have to remove their thumbs from the thumbstick to execute intricate jump, aim, and shoot combinations. The new, faceted D-pad enables easier and more reliable combo execution, while the traditional D-pad provides precise control to change weapons or call in a strike.

  • The controller can be customized even further with an easy-to-use app that can assign a wide range of inputs to each paddle. Players can adjust trigger min/max values, thumbstick sensitivities, button assignments, and more, so the controls are exactly the way they want them; they can assign any of 14 inputs to the ABXY buttons, paddles, D-pad, triggers, and thumbstick clicks. The app lets players create as many controller profiles as they like, as well as creating tailored settings for any game. The settings are stored in the cloud, so no matter where you game, your profiles can always be with you.

  • The controller and accompanying app are the result of careful research that took Microsoft designers right into the homes of competitive video game layers, where designers brought prototypes for testing and feedback. Players also visited labs on the Microsoft campus for testing to verify that the controller provided a legitimate improvement in performance. Players reported experienced game-changing accuracy, faster speed, and a tailored feel unlike anything they'd experienced before, whether playing a first-person shooter (FPS), racing, fighting or another genre of game.