Xbox Evolve 2 Core the cheaper option, sort of (pic: Microsoft)
The new white Xbox Elite 3 gamepad isn’t merely a colour change, but has more purposefully reduced features and discounts.
The new colours and designs for consoles and controllers continue to be announced this week. This week we saw the Grey Camouflage PlayStation 5 and the new Pokemon Scarlet / Violet branded Switch.
Usually they’re just cosmetic change, but the new white Xbox Elite 2 controller isn’t important, as it has less features at a cheaper price.
The Elite Series controllers are now around for some time and are aimed at more hardcore gamers and professional players. They’re fairly good, but they’re equally expensive. But the new white one is 45 cheaper than the previous editions.
The Xbox Elite Series 2 Core, as its officially known name is, will be released on September 21 for 114.99, a significant reduction on the 159.99 version already (although it’s 17 off on the Microsoft website).
The saving was achieved only by removing the interchangeable parts from the controller, while the more expensive version includes a choice of removable thumb sticks, D-pads and back paddles. There’s also an charging dock and a carrying case that the Core doesn’t.
They look reasonable but the interchangeable parts aren’t for hardcore. The Core still has a special thumbstick to adjust the tension, shorter hair triggers, and a rubberised grip much better than the standard Xbox controllers.
An app that combines the button mapping, is available to change, and there is a rechargeable battery that lasts 40 hours.
If you want all the optional extras from the full fat edition, it will sell separately at a later date, then the 54.99 Complete Component Pack, which will be out on September 21. What you may note is actually making the Core version 10 more expensive than the normal version.
If you like either of the current colours, Microsoft is preparing to add the Elite Series 2 to the Xbox design lab at an unspecific point later this year.
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