The new Elite Controller popped up for the very first time back in January on the Chinese website Baidu. Sliding back on the memory lane, Microsoft revealed the Xbox Elite Controller during E3 2015, and the tech giant has released a few limited edition Elite controllers since then. Now, Redmond seems to have big plans involving the launch of the Elite controller’s successor soon.
The Elite Controller was designed for all types of gamers
Microsoft designed the Elite Controller to allow gamers to customize their Joysticks and D-Pads according to their needs and they were able to add extra triggers as well.
The controller also supported configurable button mapping. Microsoft relied on user feedback to improve the initial controller.
Spider’s rumored features
Rumors say that Spider which is the codename for the upcoming controller will come with three-stage hair trigger lock which would allow gamers to adjust the amount of trigger depression more compared to the original version on the controller.
Another rumored feature is tension control for joysticks which would allow gamers to control the tension of the joystick’s movement and also adjust the amount of resistance while pushing the sticks. Another configuration profile might be included as well and the new Xbox Elite Controller might also bring USB Type-C connectivity along with PC connectivity via Bluetooth. These were all missing from the original version of the controller.
A MagSafe port could also be added to Spider, and built-in batteries would be included as well. The new device might also pack a proprietary charge dock for fast-charging.
Apart from all these features, there are also lots of patents that Microsoft has already files that might provide a clearer picture of what we can expect. Some of these detail fully customizable and removable triggers.
Pricing and availability
The Spider controller might launch by the end of the year, and the pricing will probably be similar to the original controller, around $150.
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