The new Xbox and Windows 10 Elite Wireless Controller announced earlier today at the Microsoft E3 Press Conference is $149. Yes, you read that right. A little less than half the price of the Xbox One $349 base console price.
The controller does offer a high level of customization, the kind that PC gamers have become accustomed to (in more recent years) with items like the R.A.T. Mouse from MadCatz or the Razer Ouroboros, but it’s certainly coming at a premium cost.
Microsoft has also released the specifications for the new controller:
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).
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
The Xbox One and Elite Wireless Controller will be available in October. Let us discuss (or should I say start saving?).