How to preorder the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller

Here's where you can secure yourself the latest iteration of Xbox's Elite Controller revealed at E3 2019.

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During Xbox’s press conference at E3 2019, they unveiled the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller. This new piece of hardware builds on the design and innovates upon the functionality of the original Elite Controller. Some of the details given really show off how this controller takes things to the next level. For example, on a full charge, the Elite Series 2 Controller can last for up to 40 hours. Players can also create preset button settings for different games. You can get your hands on it when the controller hits shelves later this year on November 4.

Where to preorder the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller

The controller is available for preorder now on Amazon for $179.99 USD. If you’re a member of Amazon prime, you can snag the controller for free shipping. If not, consider signing up for a free 30 day trial to reap the benefit of free shipping. The item is already tagged as an Amazon best seller, so be aware of the possibility that it may sell out if quantities get low. If you’re not a fan of the empire that is Amazon, you can also order the Elite Series 2 controller directly from Xbox themselves here. Xbox’s website promises free shipping and “hassle-free returns” when you order from the Microsoft Store. The website also lists some of the defining improvements with the new controller, such as adjustable-tension thumbsticks and wrap-around rubberized grip.

Will you be purchasing the new Xbox Elite Controller series 2? If so, will you be ordering it immediately or waiting to see if you can get in another color or for a better deal? Let us know your thoughts in the chatty. For more on Xbox’s E3 2019 press conference, you can read our recap article here. Visit Shacknews’ E3 2019 hub for the latest news coming out of the conference.

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    June 9, 2019 10:30 PM

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      June 10, 2019 3:33 AM

      Am I crazy to think this means that it'll work on the next Xbox? Assuming so that would mean no new buttons/etc on the next controller. Thats a lot of money to drop on a controller for a system on its way out. There's still the pc of course but it seems like an odd time to release this.

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        June 10, 2019 3:37 AM

        Good point, quite possibly. Gimmick shit added to the standard controller by Sony or Nintendo like a touch pad, light bar, gyros, pressure sensitive buttons and microphone/speaker never really took off so maybe Microsoft decided to just stick to what works, possibly with a few comfort tweaks.

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        June 10, 2019 3:45 AM

        I think that's a very reasonable question to ask to be honest, considering that price.

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        June 10, 2019 3:46 AM

        It's for this reason I won't touch it. I'm super interested but we're so close to the next generation that what's the point in investing any more into this generation

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        June 10, 2019 4:56 AM

        There was a line in the next console video where they said “and all your accessories come forward”. I think it needs clarification before we can assume, but the implication sounds like that is going to be the case.

        Regardless, not surprised they updated it since Apple is supporting Xbox controllers starting this fall, and they would need a Bluetooth version of the elite to use it on them

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          June 10, 2019 5:20 AM

          I missed that line, sounds promising.

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        June 10, 2019 5:04 AM

        I think there's no question it'll work on Scarlett. It's been 14 years since there has been any change to the buttons on an Xbox controller.

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          June 10, 2019 11:33 AM

          on the other hand when has a controller ever worked on the next generation console?

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            June 10, 2019 11:47 AM

            PS1 controllers worked on the PS2

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      June 10, 2019 4:28 AM

      I’m not excited about an internal battery. Does anyone know if you can still use AAs?

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        June 10, 2019 7:50 AM

        Not seen any word either way yet. I'm with you dude - I still use my GBA because it takes AAs unlike the SP. Instantly swapping in new AAs is great.

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        June 10, 2019 7:54 AM

        has a rechargeable case like headphones so I am guessing not

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        June 10, 2019 8:07 AM

        Me either. If the batteries cannot be easily replaced, I'm not sure I want to spend close to 200 bucks on a controller that I'll be using for ~10 years.

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          June 10, 2019 8:53 AM

          Exactly. These batteries don’t have infinite life. The old 360 controllers had a Li battery pack that could fit on the back and replace the AA battery holder, so you could use either. That would be ideal if they use that approach. But if it’s only lithium and not replaceable I’m out.

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        June 10, 2019 8:49 AM

        Same here I'm a all Eneloop house so I love having replaceable AAs. Not sure how I feel about that change.

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          June 10, 2019 8:55 AM

          Yep I have an 8 slot charger with envelopes ready to go for my house. Popping in batteries in no big deal. Needing to recharge the controller is annoying for my PS4 controller and I don’t want my Xbox to go that route.

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        June 10, 2019 8:57 AM

        I wonder if it's feasible to 3D print a pack that holds replacement batteries.

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      June 10, 2019 6:47 AM

      Looks terrible for fighting games.

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        June 10, 2019 7:15 AM

        Are you not familiar with the Elite? There are multiple options for the d-pad, stick height, button/paddle mappings and the new version lets you change the stick tension as well. The first version is slick if a bit fragile for the price. I'd be happy if they made the stick collars available without all the other stuff though.

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          June 10, 2019 7:19 AM

          Other than 360 moves I don't think use of sticks on the pad are that prevalent. I will take your word on the dpads being an improvement. The original xbox controllers are generally considered awful.

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            June 10, 2019 8:43 AM

            I still use a gamepad for fighting games, but generally prefer the 6 button layouts to the standard controllers, like the Hori Fighting Commander.

            Will probably pick up one of those new Saturn retro pads to see how they compare.

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        June 10, 2019 7:50 AM

        That's what fighting sticks are for if you're even semi-serious about fighting games.

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          June 10, 2019 7:51 AM

          That's really not true any more.

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            June 10, 2019 8:33 AM

            I've hardly ever seen competitors using a pad on tournament streams and I personally hate pulling off combos with a pad. I'm no fighting game veteran, and I'll defer if you are, but it I can't see what else they could have done here to make a pad passable for all games including fighters, or why they even need to given the prevalence of sticks for fighting games.

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              June 10, 2019 8:38 AM

              Lots of pro players use gamepads, I actually prefer playing NRS games with a pad. The best SF5 player in the world right now is a pad player.

              You could possibly hit back to block slightly faster on pad, and maybe double tap a direction more quickly (e.g. dashing). Certain moves that are half to full circle moves may be a little easier if you switch your thumb from d-pad to the analog stick, in comparison to joysticks.

              I greatly prefer stick for most fighting games because of button placement and years of practice, but a good pad player should have no problems hanging with an equally talented stick player.

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                June 10, 2019 8:54 AM

                Yeah, there's more pad players now than ever, it's generally the younger guys who grew up playing these modern fighters on consoles it seems.
                In SFV, the Capcom Cup 2016 and 2017 champs used gamepads. Winner of Evo last year was a also pad user (ProblemX). I'm sure there's a lot more minor and major winners using a pad, but those are the big standouts. I see them all the time on streams in all games, but arcade sticks are still the majority for sure.

                And as you mention, Punk who is on a tear right now uses a pad.

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                  June 10, 2019 9:10 AM

                  Now gafrobox vs pad/controller, that is an interesting conversation ...

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                    June 10, 2019 11:28 AM

                    I gladly stand corrected, interesting sub thread my dudes.

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                  June 10, 2019 9:59 AM

                  I switched to pad after using stick for 15 years. My wife couldn't stand the stick and button noises in our small apartment at the time, and I found the sounds irritating as well. I know there are silent buttons now but they are still noticeable imo.

                  Haven't looked back. I love my Fighting Commander and the PS4 pad is great - I use it for 4 button fighters.

                  At Dreamhack last year I noticed way more pad players than stick fwiw.

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              June 10, 2019 9:17 AM

              Punk, Snake-eyez and NuckleDu are all pad players.

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              June 10, 2019 10:02 AM

              I think Asia still has a very large proponents of stick because they still have strong arcade culture. The misconception for stick advantage has been eroded everywhere else though.

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        June 10, 2019 7:51 AM

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      June 10, 2019 7:53 AM

      I'd probably pay the money for that thing. With all the adjustments & such it probably gives folks a competitive edge when using a controller.

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        June 10, 2019 8:01 AM

        Careful, with that logic you’ll have Logitech selling a mouse/keyboard combination for $500!

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          June 10, 2019 8:03 AM

          I know. As far as I know this is one of the first heavily adjustable controllers and I'm not surprised it's done by MS considering they have that adaptive controller for disabled people. Whoever is running the interface/hardware stuff over there is on point.

          At $179 it's still too expensive but I could easily see paying $100-$125 for it.

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          June 10, 2019 8:07 AM

          My custom boards don't cost much shy of that not including a mouse. So yeah,

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      June 10, 2019 8:55 AM

      What's the "new BT connectivity?" Did previous Xbox controllers use some other wireless protocol?

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        June 10, 2019 8:58 AM

        Yeah. Older Xbox One X controllers used some kind of RF whereas the newer ones use BT.

        Maybe they just upgraded the BT chip inside of it and it's running on 4.0 or whatever the new hotness is to conserve battery life. That's probably why it lasts 40 hours in a single charge.

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        June 10, 2019 8:58 AM

        Yes. They used the Xbox specific wifi direct or whatever that required a dongle on PC. The Xbox One S controller was the first one to have bluetooth connectivity, and that came after the first Elite pad, which required the dongle on PC or wired over USB.

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        June 10, 2019 9:42 AM

        They still connect to the xbox using RF. But with the xbox one S controller they added bluetooth as an extra option to connect to a PC.

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          June 10, 2019 9:56 AM

          Right. You can still use the dongle, and should if you have one.