E3 2015: Xbox One Elite Controller

There’s always going to be divided opinion about whether the Xbox or PlayStation (and soon, Steam) controller is better and why, but Microsoft have taken it one step further by launching the Xbox One Elite Controller, a beast of a peripheral which is about as premium as you can get. Not only does it feature interchangeable parts like rear paddles and thumb sticks, it also sports a 3.5mm headphone jack for plugging in your favourite gaming cans. All for the princely sum of $150.


System requirements: For use with Xbox One systems and PCs running Windows 7 or later. PC use requires included USB cable or Wireless Adapter (available Holiday 2015). Drivers available at xbox.com/xboxone/PC-controller.

Xbox Accessories App requirements: Available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

Audio: Includes 3.5mm stereo headset jack. Also compatible with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter and all other 1st party Xbox One controller accessories.

Haptic feedback: Features Impulse Triggers* and rumble motors. Motor control can be adjusted in the App.

Weight: 348g (+/- 15g) when using with 4 paddles, faceted D-pad, AA batteries and standard thumbsticks attached.

Connectivity: Wireless, or wired using included 9’ USB cable. Data transfers through the USB cable when connected to the controller and console/PC.

Batteries: (2) AA (included). Compatible with Xbox One Play & Charge Kit (sold separately).

Assignable inputs:

  • A, B, X, and Y
  • D-pad up, down, left, and right
  • Left and right bumpers
  • Left and right trigger activation
  • Left and right thumbstick click

*in supported games

My take

Personally, I prefer the Xbox design over the PlayStation one as it feel chunkier in my hands. My favourite all time controller would be the Super Nintendo one, as I spent so much time holding it over the years. I even bought a couple of USB SNES knockoffs from ebay for my retro gaming fix on my main gaming PC. I’m still very intrigued by the Steam Controller and how it stacks up against the others.

The price for this is way out of the bracket I’d be willing to pay, though. ‘Elite’ is certainly the right word to describe it: you’d need to be a hardcore gamer, almost a pro, to justify this sort of cost. Especially since modern controllers are usually really well built to start with. That said, I wouldn’t say no if one turned up under the Christmas tree!


The Xbox One Elite Controller is expected to retail at £130/$150 when it comes out in October for Xbox One, just in time to compete with the Steam Controller. The PC adapter is expected soon after, ‘Holiday 2015’.

What’s your favourite gaming controller? Do you prefer old school or newer designs?


About Dan Morse

From the Atari 2600 right through to bleeding fast PCs, Dan's played on them all. One thing that's never changed is an unwavering passion for video games. Twitter: @happydan | Steam: happydan | GOG: happydan