Microsoft plans to launch a successor to the $150 Xbox One
Elite Wireless Controller in 2018. From a post on Chinese social website Baidu before
being shared on ResetEra,
details have surfaced for the updated controller, as well as some new imagery.
A look at the front of the controller was also shared onto Reddit,
revealing newly-designed grip sections, which The
Verge has also backed up from their sources and based on patents from
Microsoft filed at the end of last year.
First and foremost, the new Xbox One Elite Controller will
feature undetachable rechargeable batteries – a first for Microsoft, who
usually includes AA batteries in the box of every wireless controller it sells.
The updated Elite Controller will also feature a MagSafe-like charge port, as
well as USB Type-C and Bluetooth support for gaming on a Windows 10 PC.
Some updates have been made to the controller buttons and their
functionality as well, with this one featuring 3-level Hair Trigger locks and a
3-Profile Switch, which is an increase over the standard model’s 2-level Hair
Trigger locks and 2-Profile Switch. The new Elite Controller will also reportedly
feature longer key-travel for the optional Paddles.
Finally, the updated Xbox One Elite Controller also includes
a new case that will charge the controller when it’s placed inside it,
according to Thurrott.
This means when you aren’t using the controller, it will be charging up, a nice
incentive to make the upgrade to the newer model, and one which makes the
overall experience a lot more premium.
Microsoft is expected to announce the product at E3 2018 in
June before shipping it later this year. If you’re considering buying an Elite
Controller, I’d hold off for now until Microsoft announces its successor over
the coming months.
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