Xbox Elite Controller Review

The Elite Controller for Elite Gamers

By Stojan Jovic

If you ever would ask me years ago if I would ever spend $150 on a video game controller, I’d say you were “out of your mind.” Well, look who’s laughing now?

The hefty price tag is a detriment to many gamers out there. First party controllers are not cheap to begin with, and third party controllers are, if not wired, lacking in quality. And for those that are serious about their gaming experience, there are controllers like these.

I’ll begin by saying the controller itself is worth the price tag. Upon opening the box you’re greeted with a black carrying case for the controller, and its’ parts. Opening it and the weight-y controller makes its’ presence known. It weighs in at a hefty 12.2 ounces, compared to its’ first party counterpart, weighing in at 9.9 ounces. Numbers wise there isn’t too much of a difference, but once you hold it in your hand, you really feel it. The Elite controller is more balanced and put together.

Moving the analog sticks around is a breeze, with smooth movement. And depending on what your preference is, there are a few thumbstick options. Even swapping the directional pad is an option, for those that want a smoother D-pad.

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The longer sticks would be more for first-person shooters that require precision accuracy and fast movement. It takes getting used to, but you’ll appreciate it more because of the smooth, low friction of the sticks.

The face buttons feel less heavy when you press it compared to the standard controller, and sit more flush.  Normal people won’t know the difference, however if you’re on a more advanced level you’ll appreciate it more. The bumpers feel no different, however the triggers have hair trigger locks. If you’re a competitive shooter player, you’ll appreciate this feature as locking the trigger pull to about half can increase your rate of fire.

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The new addition to this controller that REALLY stands itself out from the competition is the paddles behind the controller, which can be removed and placed on with ease. As a matter of fact, everything that is interchangeable is easy and requires no tools to swap out. The paddles themselves can be re-mapped to your preference.

button mapping

Button mapping can be done via the Xbox Accessories app. The paddles themselves can be mapped to whichever button you want. You can even reassign the Right and Left analog sticks if you so desire. The app itself is meant for extreme customizing, especially for those that may have disabilities that make using a standard controller difficult. Anything and everything can be re-mapped. And you can make two profiles on the app, which you can switch back and forth on the fly with the switch in the middle of the controller. Even going to the main website here gives you different recommended settings for many of their games like Battlefield 1, Halo 5, Forza Horizon 3, and others.

All in all, the price matches the quality and the features it provides. Is this for everybody? Absolutely not. The quality is top notch, the customization options and button re-mapping are all VERY nice features to have, but I would say this controller would be better suited for the more hardcore gamer crowd, someone who games quite often. The only gripe I have is that it comes packed with AA batteries, and the standard Xbox One battery packs do not fit in it. You’ll have to scour through online stores to find a good one.

Games played

Forza Motorsport 7 –
The best part about using this controller for Forza 7 is the paddles behind the controller. I only use the bottom, larger paddles to shift up and down. For me, I set SHIFT UP to the right paddle, and SHIFT DOWN to the left paddle. For me this works because the acceleration and brake triggers are all on the same side. Setting the hair trigger to half does nothing beneficial, as it only provides half acceleration and braking, unless you were to change the sensitivity in the Accessories app (which really isn’t necessary to begin with). This controller DEFINITELY helps improve your driving abilities in the game, especially with the smooth friction-less joysticks and responsive triggers. No need to swap the joysticks, the short ones are the way to go.

MORE TO COME…

Author: expcast

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