Microsoft today unveiled its latest controller, the Xbox Elite Series 2 – Core. As the name suggests, this new controller provides the “basic” elements of the Elite Series 2 and removes some of the included extras. Essentially, Microsoft is ditching nearly all of the included accessories to bring the price down. The controller also comes in a new white colorway and other than the missing attachments, it’s the same controller as the original Elite Series 2.
For the uninitiated, the original Xbox Elite Series 2 controller in black retails for $179.99. Although you can often find it on sale for a little less than that. The new Xbox Elite Series 2 – Core retails for $129.99. Which means you save $50. The controller is also up for pre-order today and will officially launch on September 21. That being said, you can currently buy the Elite Series 2 for $154.99 on Amazon. And that’s important for a big reason. This reason? The optional component pack.
The Xbox Elite Series 2 – Core Components Bundle is $60
Look, we get what Microsoft is trying to do here. It offers a cheaper version of the Elite Series 2 for those who only want the basic controller features. Then it offers the missing accessories that came with the original in an optional set in case someone decides to upgrade. The thing is, this package costs $60. So if you buy the Elite Series 2 – Core and then the component pack, you’re paying $190. $10 more than the Elite Series 2 in black. Which comes with all of this at no additional cost.
And that’s not taking into account the constant price drops on the original. As mentioned above, the original is currently on sale for $154.99 on Amazon. And it was cheaper than that before. Thing is, the Elite Series 2 – Core isn’t such a great deal if you know you’re planning on getting the component pack later.
Here’s what you’re missing if you don’t get the component pack – four rear paddles (two medium and two long), a standard d-pad, two additional classic thumbsticks, a dome thumbstick, a tall thumbstick, the station loading, and the carrying case. With the Core, you only get the USB-C charging cable and controller tuning tool. Unless you really want the controller in white with the accessories, or don’t care about the accessories, you’re probably better off with the stock controller in black.
Xbox Elite Series 2 – Core – White / Elite Series 2 – Black