Xbox Series S/X Controllers

Cloysterpeteuk

Distinguished Member
Just like you shouldn't have to buy extra warranties to cover burn in on OLED TV's but life isn't always fair. Just highlighting an option for people. I'm capable of component level repair but for the sake of a few quid I'd rather not have to worry about the what if. For the record saying it shouldn't happen if it fails outside of 1 year isn't going to fix it for you.

Well it’s not a few quid, if the extended warranty is basically mandatory as the product is not actually fit for purpose then it’s part of the total cost of the product so you weigh it up when you consider whether it’s worth spending that much on a controller. Elite 1 was £129, Elite 2 is £159. If they bring out a Series 3 for £179, so around £200 with 'extended' warranty then I would really have to think about whether the product was worth it.

There’s also the fact that I don’t want to pratt about returning it at all, I’ve done this many a time and it’s a complete hassle for me going to the library to print out forms because my work doesn’t let me print anything. Then they closed the drop off point in my town, so I needed to hike a couple miles to the tiny village next to me which is the next closest point.

So if I start hearing reports of failing Elite 3 then there’s no way I’m buying it as all I want is a reliable device not one that is just sitting there waiting to fail on me.
 

rb5201

Well-known Member
Having never used an elite controller I find it hard to justify spending nearly £200 on one. Is it really worth that much more over the standard?
 
Dont ever use one - once you have you wont want to go back and the normal controllers feel like toys. But I question the value, £60 for a regular controller and £159 for the elite 2....I have owned both elites 1 and 2 and I really like them, but I got the first for "free" as an offer on a Xbox one console bundle and the 2nd as a birthday present (that I asked for) so I didnt have to buy them myself sadly I am hooked now and cannot go back. Also its a feel thing for me, it totally doesn't make me a better player but I dont care.

Also I use it on the PC and on the xbox Series X so I get a lot of game time using it which does help with the my feelings about the price.
 

King Tones

Distinguished Member
Ordered the Victrix Gambit today as it's down to £64 on Amazon. Also got a quote of around £40 plus postage to repair the Elite Series 2 via UberMicro which I will go ahead with. Hoping the Gambit will replace the PowerA Spectre.

Will post updates once arrived.
 
OK its a Wired controller... not for me I think - but I would be very interested in your experience with it compared to the Elite. Especially in the feel/weight/trigger side of things as I don't need the eSports benefits personally but always keen to know about a bargain alternative to it.
 

Cloysterpeteuk

Distinguished Member
Dont ever use one - once you have you wont want to go back and the normal controllers feel like toys. But I question the value, £60 for a regular controller and £159 for the elite 2....I have owned both elites 1 and 2 and I really like them, but I got the first for "free" as an offer on a Xbox one console bundle and the 2nd as a birthday present (that I asked for) so I didnt have to buy them myself sadly I am hooked now and cannot go back. Also its a feel thing for me, it totally doesn't make me a better player but I dont care.

Also I use it on the PC and on the xbox Series X so I get a lot of game time using it which does help with the my feelings about the price.
It’s not my experience at all, I only use my Elite models for games that truly benefit from the paddles, I’m quite happy returning to my standard pad, the Forza pad or my design lab model. They weigh a lot less than the Elite models and I find the racing grips on the Forza pad to be less smooth and slippery than what they use on Elite 2. Only thing I miss when I’m not use the Elite is the trigger stops.
 

RandomLee

Distinguished Member
When I had an Elite v1 I liked the extra weight vs a standard controller and the trigger stops were handy for FPS games but I found the paddles uncomfortable to use and didn't really like the extra thumbstick options. The grips ended up peeling off whilst still in warranty so I got it replaced then sold it.

Tbh I probably would buy another if they manage to sort the QC issues out. I'm more than capable of fixing them when they break and have done with a good few controllers from various systems over the years, but for the price you pay for an Elite they really should last.
 

shagaboopon

Well-known Member
Well it’s not a few quid, if the extended warranty is basically mandatory as the product is not actually fit for purpose then it’s part of the total cost of the product so you weigh it up when you consider whether it’s worth spending that much on a controller. Elite 1 was £129, Elite 2 is £159. If they bring out a Series 3 for £179, so around £200 with 'extended' warranty then I would really have to think about whether the product was worth it.

There’s also the fact that I don’t want to pratt about returning it at all, I’ve done this many a time and it’s a complete hassle for me going to the library to print out forms because my work doesn’t let me print anything. Then they closed the drop off point in my town, so I needed to hike a couple miles to the tiny village next to me which is the next closest point.

So if I start hearing reports of failing Elite 3 then there’s no way I’m buying it as all I want is a reliable device not one that is just sitting there waiting to fail on me.
Actually it was less than £12 and its great for piece of mind. I bought the pad and warranty for less than £160. I have a series 1 elite too which still works but I wanted the low latency of the series 2. If you have an issue, you ring them and they'd either send a repairer out to your home or arrange a prepaid courier to pickup so there is no hassle.

If you don't think they're worth it or aren't up to snuff or overpriced then that's fine.

Incidentally they're £142.97 on Amazon at the moment.
 

Derek Trotter

Standard Member
I was tempted to buy another Elite 2 the other day as they were dirt cheap (just over £60) from the MS Poland store, but I’m trying my best not to throw good money after bad these days. I’ve still got one that works so-so, it’s just got irritating slightly sticking triggers.

When Elite 3 rolls around I’m having a hard time seeing myself buying that for £180 or whatever it launches at, I don’t trust MS to build the thing to last.

None of the third party controllers appeal to me in the slightest, all of them look vastly inferior to the design and ergonomics of the MS pad. Perhaps the latest Scuff would be suitable but I’d never buy one of those, that company also has a terrible reputation for reliability and being American only gives you a measly six months warranty. I'd be devastated if my £250 controller gave up the ghost after just six months!.

Is the Elite 2 controller still on sale on the MS Poland site? If so, do you have a link? I've had a quick look and can't find it.

They are still €180 on the MS Irish site. About 6 months ago they dropped to €105 on the MS Netherlands site. I told a friend about it, he bought one, and by the time I got to buying myself one the next day they were already gone back to full price!
 

King Tones

Distinguished Member
It works out as £135

 

King Tones

Distinguished Member
Gambit arrived earlier.
Only had an hour on it but straight away it felt better in the hand than the Razer. It feels very close to the normal Xbox controller. Has a bit of weight to it but nothing compared to the Elite 2.
Thumbsticks are still slightly wider but not as noticeable as the Razer so feels 10x more comfortable than that controller.
The App is rubbish but works, it's just a bit complicated to make adjustments but the good thing is the buttons on the back can be mapped without the app. Trigger stops are very good, think it has 4 positions. Comes with a case, 2 extra thumbsticks, extra back buttons, extra D pad, extra gates and a purple rubber faceplate also. Didn't realise you also get Dolby Atmos Access with it also so that's a bonus if you don't already have it.
Build quality is OK, feels closer to the cheapness of the PowerA Spectre than the Elite or Razer controllers but it's OK. No real grips on it but I've never had an issue with that. The rubber face plate is a bit more grippy but then the thumbsticks rub against the rubber so feels a bit weird.
Back buttons are in a better place so feels more like the elite or spectre.

Need more time with it but initial impressions are good especially for £64 considering the official controllers are £60 I think.


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And yes I know the Elite needs a really good clean, it's been sat in a drawer for 2 months !
 

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