Looks like Microsoft's pricy Xbox Elite controller is getting an upgrade

19 January, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Julian Harrison
  • A new Xbox One Elite Controller could be on the way this year

The original controller, the one now available, was first introduced back in mid-2015.

It looks like Microsoft is planning to release an update to their $149 USD Xbox Elite game controller.

Several images have been posted on Chinese site Baidu that appear to show a second version of the Xbox Elite controller.

Now according to leaked images and various reports, the next Elite controller is on the way, which will include a USB-C port for fast charging, Bluetooth support, three-level Hair Trigger locks, longer travel for the rear button paddles and the option to save three button map profiles. Let's also not forget that the company is also testing the new model with a new case that it's going to charge it. Microsoft filed a patent in December with an adjustable lock design for the thumbsticks, and the images match that exact design, alongside three LEDs that could indicate battery life or the extra profile support. Microsoft will also be putting an old patent to work, adding in an adjustable tension mechanism for the thumbsticks. The photo appears to show that the new controller will have a new design for its grips.




The joypad seems to have redesigned palm-holds that look far grippier than current Xbox controller designs.

A source who understands these plans told The Verge that the images are genuine, but they're not sure when Microsoft will actually announce the controller.

As Engadget points out, Microsoft usually makes big gaming announcements during the annual E3 conference. It details new grip sections, which are Microsoft's response to concerns that the current controller's grip sections wear down easily. We'll have more on the new Elite as it's known (or potentially leaked). This year, E3 2018 will take place in Los Angeles, California and will run from June 12 until June 14.

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