We unbox the Xbox One’s most prized peripheral – the Xbox One Elite Controller

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Xbox One Elite Controller Unboxing

Back at Gamescom I had the chance to mess around with the Xbox One Elite Controller for the first time. First announced at E3, the controller was Microsoft’s in-house solution to the likes of Scuf, a professional gamepad that would attract equally professional players, or just those that spent hours and hours with their console. In Germany, I fell in love with it after a brief play session. Now, I have one to put through its paces for a little longer

The Xbox One Elite Controller is out only next year locally (after what seems to be a slight delay), but a few have managed to make their way on to local shores a little early. Naturally we managed to steal one for ourselves, and plan to deeply analyse the premium controller over the next few days with a variety of games. But if you’re still unsure why the Elite is such a big deal this unboxing might make thing a little clearer.

My favourite part about the Elite Controller so far is just how modular it is. Pieces such as the thumbsticks, D-Pad and paddles at the back are all locked into place magnetically, making them secure when in use but also extremely easy to remove and replace. The other outstanding feature is the trigger pins, which shorten the travel time of each trigger individually to increase shooting speeds in first-person shooter and the like.

What’s even more impressive is just how easy it is to switch back and forth between full trigger presses and half – something the Scuf controller couldn’t do without dismantling the entire thing.

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There’s still a lot more to the Elite though, and the Xbox One app that allows you to remap it entirely still needs to be thoroughly tested before we lay down a verdict. Expect that sometime early next week.

Last Updated: November 13, 2015

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • KingKappie

    It would be nice if i could watch videos at work

    • WitWolfy

      I’ll get it at a pawnshop.. The retail price for this badboy is just a tad too much for me. Especially for a controller.

  • Mistake Not…

    *rubs hands together.
    Looks like a Lagz competition in the making…

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja


  • Pieter Kruger

    I refuse to watch this video, I consider it the worst form of torture as I do not own one yet….????

    • Francois Knoetze

      I am watching it and crying in front of my pc with a tissue box right now. It’s so pretty

  • Gremoire

    Takealot cancelled my pre-order for my controller 2 days before the expected delivery date of 31 October, and the item got removed from their site completely. Wasn’t nice of them.

    Now I have to wait…. And wait… And wait…

    • Pieter Kruger

      That’s just sad! Apparently this controller is pretty much sold out everywhere! ????

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    Sandy, I’m quite disappointed there is no dog-photobomb

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      How funny would it have been if there was on in that limited angle XD

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