Assessment: Xbox Elite Controller

Aggressive gaming has grow to be a giant deal around the globe. Gamers are actually modding their controllers to get that small benefit that may very well be the distinction between successful and shedding a recreation. Commonplace controllers simply don’t reduce it anymore, and Microsoft has simply launched the most effective controllers I’ve ever acquired my arms on.

The controller is the one factor that connects you with the sport you’re taking part in. The higher the controller, the extra possible it’s that you simply’re going to expertise better success at what you’re doing on-screen and the Xbox Elite Wi-fi Controller is proof of this.

Rub it throughout your physique

As quickly as you pull the lid off the field it is available in, and so they went to city with it, you’re watching a phenomenal… casing. You see, it’s not simply an ordinary controller that is available in an inexpensive little field that’ll be within the bin as quickly as you could have the controller in your hand. All the pieces about this {hardware} is elegant. Unzip the casing and also you’re introduced with a really sexy-looking controller together with the assorted swappable elements. The very first thing you’ll assume, when holding it in your hand, is that it does really feel like an ‘elite’ controller. It’s stable, the grips beneath have rubber padding and the LB and RB shoulder buttons have lastly been mounted. Now you can faucet these buttons with out having to make use of brute drive to easily throw a grenade. The analogue sticks are clean (it’s exhausting to explain the sensation with out you truly testing it for your self) and people are simply the usual options which were improved on.


There are a complete bunch of recent additions to this controller. Hair Set off Locks will shorten the gap of a set off when pressed in to enhance your capturing reflexes, and it’s straightforward sufficient to change it up mid-game. There are a bunch of swappable elements that embrace the analogue sticks (three variation units), D-Pad (2 variations) after which there’s the paddles, which might be manufactured from steel and never some low-cost plastic. All these elements use an interchangeable magnetic floor. There’s a slight resistance, simply sufficient in order that when taking part in it’s sturdy and never free. The adjustments really feel nearly excellent. The four paddles are positioned completely and feels very pure when holding the controller.


As soon as your controller is linked to your Xbox One head to the Gadgets and Equipment app to play with numerous essential settings. Right here you give your controller a reputation, I known as mine ‘My Treasured’, and configure the button mapping, together with these essential new paddles. There are different superior settings that allow you to customise the set off useless zones, the analogue sensitivity curve (default, delay, aggressive, on the spot, clean or something in-between), vibration energy and the brightness of the Xbox information button. One thing that helped me fairly a bit early on had been some default preset button layouts for Forza Motorsport 6, Halo 5 Guardians, Gears of Conflict Final Version and Sundown Overdrive. Ought to the button mapping have you ever a little bit confused at first it’s a good suggestion to make use of these presets and alter these to one thing that works for you. When you’ve configured your button structure it may be saved to 2 slots. That humorous little slider on the face of the controller with the numbers 1 and a pair of on it? It swaps between these two button presets immediately. That is all good and nicely, however does it truly assist when taking part in your video games?

The video games! What video games work finest?

I performed 4 video games particularly – Halo 5 Guardians, Forza Motorsport 6, Mortal Kombat X and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Every recreation introduced with it its personal distinctive tackle the controller.

Halo 5 Guardians:

I mapped all of the face buttons to the paddles instantly. Imagine me after I inform you that it’s complicated as all hell when taking part in for the primary time. Your mind tells you to press the face buttons, when reflex reactions are required, and takes time to your muscle reminiscence to study that your proper thumb can stay on the analogue stick whereas urgent away on the paddles on the backside. Occasionally I’d press X to reload, as a substitute of the higher left paddle. It’s years of taking part in with out it that takes some getting used to with these additional assists. As soon as my thoughts acquired over that little wobble the enhancements had been obvious. My precision improved, utilizing the longer analogue stick elements, and the truth that I may soar and switch and reload on the identical time with out having to let go of the proper analogue stick made me fairly the Spartan. The hairpin set off locks additionally helped in worldwide video games. Now not did I’ve guilty lag for a delayed shot (although this gained’t assist as quickly as all of America will get their mitts on an Elite controller).


Forza 6:

Very first thing I did was to take away two paddles as I felt that it acquired in the best way when tensing up into robust corners. I used to be left with the highest proper and left paddles and used the usual analogue sticks to steer the automobile. The one large distinction on this case was the truth that the paddles resembled the flappy paddle gear shift you’d see in sport vehicles. I hopped into my McLaren F1 (sure, I’m a fanboi) and beloved each minute of my handbook gear shifting. Shifting from face buttons to those paddles simply felt so pure. Do you have to not personal a steering wheel it is a nice different because it actually simply feels so immersive. In truth, I wish to go play it proper now…

Mortal Kombat X:

For this I used an ordinary controller setup, apart from the D-Pad being modified up with that stylish-looking curved D-pad. Do you have to, like me, play Mortal Kombat X utilizing a D-Pad, and also you don’t personal an arcade stick, this curved choice makes the world of distinction. Pulling off difficult round strikes that after had you breaking your thumb in two locations to carry out them can now be pulled off with real ease. You additionally gained’t stroll away with a battered and bruised thumb no extra.

Rise of the Tomb Raider:

Is there any use for a normal motion journey that doesn’t require you to be aggressive in any type? Properly sure. Utilizing the smoother analogue stick made the capturing bits that bit simpler. I additionally activated the left hair set off lock (you possibly can set every set off individually), however stored the proper set off as normal. Pulling again on the proper set off when utilizing the bow requires that additional little bit of play. I additionally felt that the paddles acquired in the best way and eliminated them all.


I ought to be aware that all through my time testing these video games I used to be altering up the button mapping continually to check issues out mid-game. Luckily you don’t must utterly shut any of those video games to make adjustments to your controller, which is an efficient factor.

Is it Elite sufficient to purchase?

The expertise is a simple one. Altering these elements all through my gaming marathon was simpler than altering the penlight batteries when it runs dry, which sadly is required for the Elite controller too. The place the Elite does sadly push all of the fallacious buttons is the pricing. It’s not an inexpensive controller. You’ll be paying roughly R3,000, relying on the place you purchase it from. The controller is sort of heavy, so if you happen to’re not a fan of heavy controllers it won’t be for you. I additionally discovered that I’d faucet one of many paddles accidentally when on the house menu and begin up an software or recreation, however even this has a repair. Faucet the inexperienced wi-fi join button on the highest of the controller twice in succession for it to deactivate all of the paddles (alerting you that it’s carried out so by vibrating four occasions). By doing that you simply gained’t unintentionally set off something on the menu or in a recreation that you simply really feel doesn’t require the paddles… if you happen to’re too lazy to take away them.

Simply a median gamer taking part in for enjoyable? Stick with your normal controller. In the event you’re a gamer that requires the most effective controllers cash should buy, and the Xbox One is your dominant (or solely) console, then I’d extremely advocate this. Are you taking part in Halo or Name of Responsibility competitively on the Xbox One? It’s a no brainer.

Be sure you try our E3 video the place we had the Firmware Engineer, Ross Nelson, detailing the controller:


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