Microsoft Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller

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86
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Xbox One Elite controller review: A better gamepad at a steep price

The Elite controller is the best Xbox gamepad Microsoft has ever made, but it doesn't come cheap. At $150, your best bet is waiting for a price drop or a bundle deal unless you're dead-set on getting a leg up against folks online.

Pros
  • Feels great in-hand; very grippy finish throughout
  • Loads of customization options
  • Mature, understated design
  • Improves on the standard Xbox One gamepad in every way
  • Bumper buttons are finally, actually usable
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Levers and faceted d-pad don't feel secure
  • Feels heavy at first
  • Clamshell case doesn't keep everything in place
  • Customization options could be overwhelming for some
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Score Breakdown

 
86
Average Critic Score

Durability

89
 

Accuracy / responsiveness

92
 

Ergonomics / comfort

93
 
 
90
Engadget
The Elite controller is the best Xbox gamepad Microsoft has ever made, but it doesn't come cheap. At $150, your best bet is waiting for a price drop or a bundle deal unless you're dead-set on getting a leg up against folks online.
 
80
PC World
I don't need a $150 Xbox One controller. You probably don't need one either. But that doesn't change the fact Microsoft has built a gorgeous piece of hardware.
 
80
CNET
Its $150, £120 or AU$200 price tag certainly puts it in an exclusive class, but the Elite controller is one of the most customizable, comfortable and luxurious controllers we've ever used.
 
80
Tom's Guide
The $150 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller lives up to the "elite" name, offering swappable components and tons of customization options, within a cozy and super-sturdy design.
 
100
IGN
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is a near-perfect game controller with a price tag that’s hard to swallow.
 
80
TechRadar
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is easily one of the most comfortable, versatile - and expensive - gamepads on the market.
 
90
Windows Central
Still, $150 is not cheap, so only the pros should apply. ... The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is even great for casual gamers, who will appreciate the overall better triggers and D-pads. ... given the choice, everyone would choose the Elite over the normal wireless one. It's a no-brainer.
 
90
VentureBeat
As much as I love the Xbox One Elite Controller, it’s not “$150 great” for everybody. This is a premium device that will replace a controller that is already wonderful. But if you are on the fence, and you play a lot of Xbox One or PC games with a gamepad, then I highly recommend it.
 
90
Destructoid
If you primarily game on the Xbox One or PC and experience a lot of different genres, I'd recommend picking up an Elite controller. ... For those of you who split your time between multiple systems though, $150 is probably going to be too rich for what you get.
 
90
Heavy
The Xbox One Elite controller is worth the hefty $150 price tag, at least in my own opinion. Would we like it to come in at less than $150? Of course. But for a controller so advanced, it’s a price worth paying.