So I’ve sat down and played with the new Xbox Elite Controller, the Series 2 of it to be exact. This controller does not disappoint! Its easy to get used to, comfortable, a solid grip, all around enjoyable. Of all the gaming controllers I have had over the years, this one certainly takes the cake as the best controller I have ever had.
The controller is somewhat smaller than the original Elite controller, however it feels more comfortable in the hands. It seems like it is somewhat lighter than the original as well.
So where to begin in the changes from the original Elite to the Series 2, well, I’ll start with the hair triggers, the hair triggers now have 3 settings, and they are worth exploring as a FPS player. I did a few rounds of Modern Warfare to test them out and I am quite proud to announce that they were amazing to adjust.
There are many options of adjustments for the Elite Series 2, including the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the control sticks. This is a physical adjustment, as the Series 2 controller comes with a special tool to adjust their sensitivity. Additionally to this, you can continue to adjust further inside of the controller settings in the accessories app on your xbox one.
Further to this, you still have the 4 buttons on the back that are adjustable as well through the accessories app. These ‘buttons’ or ‘tabs’ or whatever you want to call them are smaller than the previous version and they feel a lot more natural in the Series 2 controller.
To amplify the awesomeness that is the Elite Series 2 controller is the fact that there is a 40 hour battery built right into the controller itself, and further to that, the controllers case is actually a docking station (charging station). So when you put the controller away, it starts charging if you’ve got your docking station all setup. It is 100% a nice addition that I didn’t see coming at all, but a very welcome bonus.
It is weird to think that this controller, its weight, its simple adjustability would turn an average gamer like myself into somewhat of a more pro gamer. This has taken my gaming to the next level, and I will continue to adjust the controller and find the settings that fit my gameplay style best.
Finally; the last thing I’d like to talk about is the controller profiles. In the original Elite controller there were only 2 profiles you could use, which is fine if you only have a few small games you play, or similar layouts, or you have a custom set of driving buttons for a game that align with your other racing games, ya know, simple things like that. However, the Series 2 has a third profile, and this may not sound like much, but this to me is a huge benefit as I play 3 games and I like to tweak their controls slightly.
If you are interested in upping your game, you can pick up an Elite Series 2 controller here. If you’ve already got an Elite Series 2 controller and you want to take your gaming to the next level even more, perhaps take a look at your monitor situation.