Xbox One Elite Controller -- Is it worth $150?The Xbox One Elite Controller boasts some premium features, but are they cool enough to warrant the $150 (£120 in UK, AU$200 in Australia) price? Staff at our sister site, GameSpot, share their gut feelings.
[MUSIC] oo, fancy. That things heavy. It is quite heavy. It's very weighty. Both of these things have the same kind of battery in them. The elite's way heavier. Not sure if that's a good thing or not. The grips on the back. Very like luxurious. It feels great. It's really smooth. It's tactile on the back. The layout and the ergonomics of the Elite are kind of the same but the rubber texture stuff definitely improves things a lot. Actually neither of these controllers feel this good as this controller. These are D pad also. Much [UNKNOWN] clicky, Feel. The clickiness of the bumpers are way better than these guys. There's no sort of fight in the joystick or the triggers. They're very quick to respond. [MUSIC] Do I just yank it out? Oh, wow. That's really cool. Yeah, that's easy to take off, alarmingly. [INAUDIBLE] Oh my god. This thing is crazy Now they feel like their gonna fall off during gameplay, like even if I like, just really wedging it against the side. It doesn't actually come off unless you physically pull it off like that. Yeah, I really don't like concave thumb sticks, cuz it just feels like you're gonna slip off them the entire time. I think these are actually better than the [INAUDIBLE] I don't like it. It's too big. I honestly don't know why people like concave thumb sticks. Cuz they're smooth and less rubbery, therefore less likely to stick to my fingers. The distance between my thumb and the rest of my grip is not big enough for that to be comfortable. I feel like I'm falling off it. I definitely can't see myself using these at all. [MUSIC] These are really high. Okay they're slightly taller, I see. Wow they're really tall, okay. No wonder I can't use them, look at how high they are. [LAUGH] Nope, this isn't doing it for me. [LAUGH] These are way too tall. This is for man hands, not girl hands. [LAUGH] This is a You need to kind of push further out to hit the edge of the analog range. It feels like it's gonna take me too long to move in another direction. Like the turn speed slows down. You can definitely see more gradual, sort of turn with the right [UNKNOWN], with the pogo stick, which may be what you want, maybe not. It just so happens that for me These are really tall and really hard to get on top of. I think personally, I'd run a tall thumbstick on the right and I'd use a little small one for the movement. So, movement will be quick, but when I need to aim, I can slowly pan. If you were a guy and you had big For your hands. I mean, it would have been a nightmare using a PS3 controller because that thing was freaking tiny. So I can totally see the point. [BLANK_AUDIO] So these little switches next to the triggers stop them from kind of going down so far before they actually activate. So kind of like a hair trigger mode I guess. Oh, I like that a lot. That's actually a lot better, especially if you wanna play [UNKNOWN] style. It's pretty cool. I mean, there's less effort involved, and there isn't a lot of effort in pulling your finger down. So, obviously, this is way better for FPS games. We need to fire shots off really quickly. I mean, you don't wanna depress it as far. I think I like [INAUDIBLE] on. Oh, boy. [MUSIC] It's because it's, it just feels better pulling the triggers all the way down. [MUSIC] How do you [UNKNOWN] the [UNKNOWN] pad out? Does it come off? Oh, my God. Oh, it's magnetic. That's nice. So this circle [UNKNOWN] pad kinda makes it more like a 360 [UNKNOWN] pad which is It's not as bad as that but it is still doesn't feel like there's any precision. Feels funny. No. [LAUGH] I mean I guess they kind of want that for fighting games so you can do like hop circles easy. You can do 360 motions really easily. If I was playing Street Fighter on this I would be Whiffing everything. If I was gonna play a funny game I'd probably prefer to use an arcade stick. I don't like this. [MUSIC] Oh my God. Just in case you didn't have enough buttons on your controller, here are five more. Okay, they're all in. All right, so each of the paddles by default was mapped to a face button. So that means I can shoot and reload like that>>So what, one of them is X? What's that one, what's that one?>>I don't know, I feel like it's too many buttons to remember now, it's like I have my finger on each and it's like, wait what does that one do again?>>Shoot a bunch of guys and then reload while turning around, which is kind of cool. So I can just check on what's behind me.>> Yeah, ok, oh wow! Oh that's kind of cool. Like the idea of like always having your finger on both thumb sticks and still having access to all the functions is really good. There's a lot going on in this controller right now. [LAUGH] I'm not a big fan of the pedal, the option is nice to have. Maybe like if I was gonna map each one to an item that would be handy. Randy. I think my ideal setup would be like hair trigger on the right, for sure. I'd probably use the raised one, to raise some stick on the right hand side. And maybe only have a couple of paddles for like reloading and jumping. It's definitely a solid controller. But, I mean like, I don't think I could go back to a normal X-box One controller after The little things are really cool, like the pedals and the raised thumbstick are really cool. And the handtriggers are cool too. I don't think I'd use all the bells and whistles. My favorite thing about it is just that it feels good. But I would like there to be a PS4 version. Probably if they had a version that was just the sweet tactile back. it just feels a bit better without all the bells and whistles of the plugging in stuff at the back, and changing how much the triggers move. That's something I might be interested in Not really A super essential immediate purchase, but it's a definitely nice to have. **** heavy controller. [BLANK_AUDIO]