Microsoft is introducing a new version of its popular Xbox Elite Series 2 controller today. And outside of it being a new color variant, it also comes with a cheaper retail price but does not include a lot of stuff found in the standard Elite 2 controller.

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Core is a two-toned controller with matte black grips and a primarily white body. Retailing at $129.99, the Elite 2 – Core is more competitively priced when compared to the standard Elite 2 controller, which costs $179.99.

However, that cheaper price tag also comes with some caveats; the main ones 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 buy the additional parts that are included in the standard Elite Controller. Microsoft confirmed in a press release that it will sell a new “Complete Component Pack,” which includes the carrying case, charging dock, additional thumbsticks, a USB-C cable, and a standard D-Pad for just $59.99.

While this is convenient for those that purchase the Xbox Elite 2 – Core controller and want to get more customization out of their controller, the complete component pack is also ideal for current Elite 2 controller owners who may need replacement parts. Thus increasing the lifespan of the current controller in the event a part goes missing or breaks.

Microsoft also confirmed that it would bring the Elite 2 controller to the Xbox Design Lab sometime this holiday season. Marking the first time an Xbox Elite series controller will be available in the Xbox Design Lab since the customization program launched back in 2016.

Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.


Source: IGN Video Games All
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