Microsoft’s Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is a very cool controller for those who want to game on an Xbox or PC with something a little fancier and a whole lot more premium than standard gamepads, and it’s now dropped to a new low price. You can pick up an Elite Series 2 for $122.49 (around $58 off) at Walmart or $122.99 direct from Microsoft. That’s the kind of price the cheaper Elite Series 2 Core sells for, but the standard Elite 2 in black comes with all the included extras: a protective zip-up case with passthrough USB-C charging, four removable rear paddle buttons, and swappable D-pad and stick toppers.
While the Elite Series 2 has had some shortcomings when it comes to reliability (which Microsoft has tried to address by extending its warranty to one year), it remains our top pick of premium Xbox controllers. It’s got a weighty and robust feel, with rubberized grips and metallic accents. Plus, its software integration on the Xbox Series X / S and Windows allows a slew of customization you program into three preset profiles. It may not have all the flair of the standard Xbox controllers that Microsoft keeps releasing in new and unique colors, but it’s very slick if you dig matte black.
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They’re not cheap, but they make a nice decoration in your space or a gift to a fellow tech-obsessed loved one.