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A new Xbox Elite wireless controller may be in the works

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Microsoft's Xbox Elite controller is spectacularly good—"an elite controller for the elite gamer," as we described it in our 95/100 review—and it only fails to claim the title of "best controller" in our buyers guide because it's so damned expensive. (Still the best choice for people who own Swedish headphones made of volcanic glass, though.) So it is with interest that we take note of the fact, via Engadget, that Microsoft may be working on a new one. 

If the leaked information on Baidu and Reddit is correct, the new Elite will support Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a USB-C wired connection, a magnetic charging connector similar to Apple's MagSafe hookup, a built-in battery pack, and—via The Verge—three-level Hair Trigger locks, longer travel on the paddles, and a three-profile switch. There also appears to be an adjustable tension setting for the thumbsticks, a technology that Microsoft filed a patent for in 2016. 

None of this is confirmed, obviously, but it's an easy enough rumor to believe. The original Xbox Elite controller was rolled out in October 2015 and so in terms of technological evolution it's getting a little long in the tooth. But why mess with success? A slightly updated Elite would also presumably push down the price of an Elite OG, perhaps making it more accessible to gamers who balked at the $150 price tag. 

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.