When after a year of usage, a portion of the soft-touch cover fell off from my Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Controller Series 1 (something that I could somehow handle) and then so did the bumper and I had to play on a regular gamepad for a month, I eventually lashed out and ordered the Series 2. I am writing this after three days of use. The first thing that caught my eye.

Why is the Xbox Elite 2 Better?

  1. Xbox Elite 2 comes with built-in batteries, bye-bye, non-rechargeable batteries. It charges from a special charger with a UBC-C cable, but you can charge it directly from the cable. Also, it can be charged in a carrying case.
  2. The Elite 2 supports Bluetooth and there is no longer the need to use a special receiver for wirelessly connecting to a computer.
  3. The surface of triggers is now nicely wavy.
  4. Now, the front surface also has soft-touch coverage is now on the front surface, which, for me personally, improves tactile sensations.
  5. There are three position trigger locks instead of two.
  6. The product's exterior design is much cooler.
  7. Following 18 hours of use, no extra charge is required.

Subjectively, the build quality is much better. In any case, if you shake the Xbox Series 1, you can hear a slight rattle, while the Series 2 does not make a rattling noise when shaken.

It seems that if you throw it into the wall, there will be more likely a dent in the wall rather than the gamepad falls apart. I refrained from testing it out, though.

It is as highly customizable as the Series 1, allowing you to save two different profiles of button settings on the controller.


When connected to a computer via Bluetooth, the Xbox Elite 2 cannot be connected to the microphone. Instead, you will need to use the receiver. For me personally, this is not actually a problem, but some people may find it annoying.

To change button profiles, you have to connect it to the computer with a cord, changing configuration. After that, you can continue to use it wirelessly.

Xbox Elite Controller 2 vs 1 

Should you replace the series 1 with the series 2?

— Well, actually, if the Xbox Elite 1 works fine for you, then, no, you do not need to.

If you have never had such a controller, you should move on right to the Series 2. Indeed, there is no better controller on the market.

If you still have doubts about whether these Microsoft products are really cool, check out this review comparing Xbox Elite with other gamepads: Steam Controller, Sony DualShock 4, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, and all will become clear to you.

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