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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfection

    Posted
    Keyan
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 10 ContributorTop 10 Contributor

    The Xbox already has one of the most well designed controllers out there, and this one refines it to perfection. Everything about this exudes quality, from the high end packaging, to the case, to the controller itself. It is a joy to hold and you immediately get a feeling of quality and fit and finish that is unparalleled in Xbox controllers. All of the interchangeable parts lock in magnetically, no friction tension parts to wear out, no wondering if it is going in the right way, they just lock into place and are secure but easy to remove when you want to customize the controller. The long throw sticks are perfect for driving games or other precision uses, and the two profiles allow for on the fly switching of sensitivity, a great feature for running around and then switching to a lower sensitivity mode for careful aiming. The mappable under paddles mean you can map buttons that would normally take your thumbs off of the sticks to your other fingers. The hair trigger locks are great, I tend to set the right one for hair trigger and the other for long throw for aiming. I also like that this controller, like all of the other Xbox controllers, just uses two AA batteries. Sealed in batteries means that you can't just swap in new ones and keep going - and when they eventually wear out, it means a new controller. I use high capacity rechargeable batteries in mine. It also comes with a nice long braided USB cable if you need to use it wired. This controller allowes for you to customize it exactly to your gaming style and it is the ultimate Xbox controller. Recommended for gamers who are looking for the very best and are willing to pay the price for this controller.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive controller

    Posted
    DanielP
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I finally broke down and purchased the Elite controller only after I found an "open box" in my local store. I have never been comfortable with the idea of shelling out $150 for a single controller but the open box classification brought the price down to an amount that was tolerable. The elite controller is a solid piece of equipment and is noticeably heavier than a standard xBox One controller. The package comes with a travel case and really nice, long USB cord for direct connection to the console. An assortment of metal magnetic paddles and attachments for the D-pad and thumb joysticks. You can buy aftermarket replacements for the standard grey paddles but be prepared to shell out another large chunk of money to do so. The controller can store 2 separate game profiles that can be configured from the Accessories app on your xBox. You can create your own or choose from a list of game specific profiles supplied by Microsoft or game developers. You can change button mappings, set the brightness on the xBox One light, and even configure the "action" on your trigger buttons so that you can control how far you need to pull the trigger before something happens. So some of the negatives I have found (aside from the price) is the setup is relatively advanced with regards to the settings you have the ability to change. The accessories application used to do the configuration doesn't offer much in the way of explanations for the settings either so if you don't know what you are doing you will be forced to spend some time looking up information on the web. Finally when the paddles are installed on the bottom side of the controller it is VERY hard not to bump them quite frequently which depending on the game and your configuration can cause problems during game-play. Inadvertently throwing your last grenade or firing a burst while trying to sneak around can get pretty frustrating and after this happens a few times you start to contemplate taking the paddles off turning your elite controller into a $150 basic xBox One controller. To sum it all up, the controller is pretty sweet but for the advanced user. I really wouldn't recommend this for a young gamer due to the price but that of course is up to mom and dad. Just remember, having the controller doesn't guarantee better results! Even the slightest changes in controller configuration will take some time to get used to in game play...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Elite Controller for an Elite Gamer

    Posted
    Colin1385

    The Xbox One Elite controller is the best controller that has ever been introduced to the gaming industry. This controller is made for every elite Xbox One Gamer. The controller is customizable to the users preferences; therefore, making it extremely appealing to elite gamers whose gaming lives depend on comfortability with their controller. Elite controllers are different from average controllers because the normal stock controller does not take full advantage of their skill sets and various gaming attributes. As a result, elite gamers need this controller because of the design, customization availability, and the longevity. No controller in the world is better than the Xbox One Elite Controller. First off, the Xbox One Elite controller has an amazing sleek design that even non-gamers admire. The controller has a luxurious look that makes it seem like a high end gadget. When you hold this controller there is a heavier weight to it so you will not have to deal with the normal controller that is flimsy and light. The solidity of the controller gives you a better feel in the hand. This feel in the hand is so important to the comfortability of the gamer. Microsoft did an overall great job with how the controller feels. The front of the controller is smooth, while the back of the controller is textured with a matte rubberized coating. The controller feels like it has a grip add-on that normally gamers have to buy as an additional piece. So, the Xbox One Elite controller not only looks better but feels better which allows you and other elite gamers to have long comfortable gaming sessions! The next main reason why the Xbox One Elite Controller is the controller that elite gamers have been waiting for is the customization available. As many know, all gamers are not the same. Some gamers have big hands and others have small hands. Some gamers like sturdy triggers while others like flimsier ones. The differences go on and on. To accommodate this, the D-Pad, triggers, and back pads can all pop off and be replaced with something more comfortable. This is important because you will be able to mix and match what fits you the best. The controller comes with a set of alternative D-Pads, Triggers, and Back Pads. The biggest innovation with this controller however is the inclusion of four paddles on the back of the controller. The four paddles mirror the four buttons on the front, which allows you to keep your thumbs on the thumbtacks at all times as well as your ring and index finger on the paddles. Basically this customization allows you to play faster and more efficiently because you can use more fingers instead of the usual four. The last major advantage of buying the Xbox One Elite Controller is the outstanding longevity. As stated earlier, the Xbox One Elite Controller is much heavier then the normal Xbox One Controller. This will help you avoid the flimsy issues that kill other controllers. Another reason this controller has a longer lifespan is because it has been kitted out with a reinforced ring. This ring was put together strictly for durability which allows for an overall longer life. In conclusion, the Xbox One Elite Controller is the best investment you can make on a controller in the gaming industry. You will be very happy with the design, customization, and longevity of your controller. If you are shopping for Xbox One controllers, this is the controller to buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Perfect When New

    Posted
    GamerTamer

    I really liked everything about this controller when I first got it as part of the XBox One Elite Console package. It looks great, it’s easier to handle when your hands get slippery, it is heavier than a standard controller but the extra weight is a positive in my opinion as it just feels better to hold. It comes with a good amount of accessories like the extra sticks and the braided usb cable among others, all of which have been of good use. It also has total button mapping and adjustments with the software app. I originally had absolutely nothing negative to say about this controller and think the $150 price tag is actually a fair price, had no issues ever occurred. Unfortunately, the issue with the controller can at times render it unusable depending on what your doing on the XBox. After about 6 months use, the left stick started acting up, causing it to scroll outwards from a centered position without being touched and the issue got slowly worse with time. Eventually I was unable to use it for things like FPS games, while scrolling with the sticks in certain games or while using the Edge browser. I will always prefer the controller if it’s manageable for the game, but I am disappointed that such an issue occurred after a relatively short amount of time(6 months of moderate game play) and after searching around have found this issue to be quite common for the controller. As far as I can tell, Microsoft never addressed this potential issue. If it has been addressed since I last tried to find an answer about a fix, and I hope it has since I love the controller otherwise, than I apologize for the misinformation and would absolutely recommend the controller at that time, but if the issue remains than I wouldn’t recommend it for $150 knowing that a $60 controller will work just fine without a potential issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    $150 for the best PC, PS4, & Xbox controller!

    Posted
    spiiicychips
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Lots of things to love here. The build looks & feels premium. The customizable thumb sticks are great. Xbox accessories(Windows/Xbox app) allows for multiple mappings of the controller, stick sensitivity adjustments for various games allowing for two toggable configurations. This is the controller to have, period! Yes, it does work for the PS4 however you'll need to have a CronusMax Plus/combo or Xim4 to allow for multiplatform capabilities. This runs only wired though Fyi. So a pretty penny for all to work ;) If you bought this obviously it's for you or someone who games a lot so make sure to buy the additional Geek Squad Protection Plan for wear & tear. Purchased the 2 year option so any issues with the controller you'll essentially be able to replace. Don't drop, spill, throw it though since that's not covered lol. Though I'm sure your opponents will be throwing theirs ;) When I was young & dumb I ended up purchasing several controllers through the years which seriously adds up and this is just smarter/cheaper in the long run. It's not guaranteed however I see this working for at least the next iteration of consoles too (Scorpio) as it currently works with my PS4 Pro as well. In short - Worth it, insure it, take care of it, customize it and have fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best controller for Xbox

    Posted
    Di4BOL1C4L
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I love this controller and all the configurations you can program along with the sticks and paddles. The way you can map your buttons and adjust the sensitivity of your sticks is awesome. Trigger sensitivity and locks perfect your firepower. You can have two saved configurations on your controller and change with just flip of a switch. Has great balance and feel. I have two of them for when I have guests over who want to play. Every time they use them they're like "man, I gotta get one of these". The only complaint I hear is the cost. "$150 is kinda steep". Of course I advocate and tell them about other custom controllers like Scuf that cost even more. However this controller has an Achilles heel, the rubber grips on the underside of the controller. Much to soon in my opinion, the grips start to bubble, becomes unglued and starts to peel and come off the controller. Once this starts the controller becomes uncomfortable to use and sometimes leaves gummy residue on the inside of your fingers. Luckily Best Buy lets you exchange them with the geek squad plan when this becomes a problem. I've been told that this a common issue with this controller. If the folks at Xbox could redesign and improve the grips on this controller it would be perfect. The Scufs have a better grip system on their controllers and if Xbox could get it like the Scufs are, it would make it the best controller for the money on the market. I consider myself to be a moderate player, putting in about 1-10 hours a week game time. My hands do get a little sweaty during some intense sessions but I doubt that is abnormal. If your like me, this is the controller you want for the money. If your a pro putting in 20 plus hours a week then paying for the more expensive controllers make sense.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hey there,

      Thanks for declaring Xbox Elite Wireless Controller to be the best controller for Xbox! It's great that you're a fan of how customizable it is as well. We're sorry to hear that you've had some issues with the grips, though. Thank you for the feedback, it's very important to us.

      Happy gaming,
      Chuck
      Xbox Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unlike anything else.

    Posted
    Displayname
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Let's address the big elephant in the room right now: Price. Yes, this thing costs $150. This is a premium product aimed at a certain demographic. You can almost get 2 regular controllers for the price of this one. The regular Xbox One controller is great and will continue to be great. Really, that is all you need from now until the day Microsoft pushes the last Xbox One off its assembly lines. What the Elite controller does is focus on aesthetics, construction, and yes- some tweaks that some say may give you a slight edge, but in reality, I don’t believe actually make you “better” at games. Everything clips in magnetically. The thumb sticks, paddles, and D-pad come out with little force but while playing they seem to stay in without issue. It comes with a cool carrying case (keep it – you will need it to store all your extra parts# and a nice BRAIDED USB cable #this is huge for me#. You can lower the actuation point of the triggers so your fingers don't have to travel as far to shoot. The paddles on the back of this thing are the weirdest but coolest part. It's like the first time you ever use a new controller and you have to learn how to use it again# Even though I have been using the Steam controller for the better part of half a month that has something similar but not quite) after 3 days I feel I have it now. I can tell during my Halo matches I am pressing the paddles and its becoming muscle memory as I will press the paddles during intense battles to switch weapons/reload- but every so often I catch myself pressing X/Y on the front of the controller- which is perfectly fine. The biggest thing I appreciate is how it feels in your hand. I am all about the construction of something and I hate it when things feel cheap, plastic and hollow. This is the complete opposite of these things. It feels sturdy, solid, and has this nice textured grip. If you got $150 you don’t know what to do with and want a better gaming experience- get this. If you got a birthday or anniversary coming up, ask for this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great, but has issues

    Posted
    Riekopo

    I really want to give this a 5 star review, but there are some things holding it back for me. First, I'm disappointed that it doesn't come with a rechargeable battery. It's 2016 and this is $150 so it was shocking that it wasn't included. Second, one of the foam inserts in the case is loose and I think it should be glued down like the other one. Also, the foam insert doesn't hold the faceted d-pad securely so it just rolls around in the case. My biggest complaint with the controller is the obscene loudness of the trigger rumble motors. They are so loud at their default setting that you can hear them even when wearing headphones. You are meant to feel vibrations not hear the motor. There clearly needs to be more dampening material around the motors or some parts are to loose. I have turned down the motor strength, but that is not an ideal solution. My second biggest complaint is with the software on PC. The Xbox Accessories app lets you remap existing buttons to other buttons. This is nice, but what every PC gamer really wants is the ability to map new functions to the buttons. If you could do that then it would be the best controller for PC bar none. It's also slightly disappointing that the separate wireless adapter being sold doesn't work with the new Steam Link. My third biggest complaint is the paddles. I have tried using the bottom paddles in many different games and different configurations. However, I've come to the conclusion that it's better to play without them. The reason is because they are so big and so easy to press that you accidentally press them all the time. They also force you to hold the controller in a way that is not comfortable or ideal. When you're using them you can't wrap your hands around the bottom of the controller. I think these paddles would be better if they were actually small buttons that require more force to actuate. Now for some recommendations. I think it would be really cool and nostalgic if you could make the guide button turn green. I also think that the rubber dome based ABXY buttons are way out of date. I think the most used buttons should be mechanical like Cherry MX or Omron. It would also be nice if some of the buttons were backlit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT CONTROLLER WITH GREAT PRICE!

    Posted
    SKULLBRO
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    PROS: GREAT WEIGHT AND COMFORT IN THE HANDS (especially for people with large hands); EXTREMELY CUSTOMIZABLE WITH ABILITY TO PLAY WITH 4 PADDLES OR NONE; USE THE STANDARD D-PAD OR THE WHEEL (for fighting games it is super handy)& different thumbstick lengths and types (concave and convex...you choose as they are easily switched out); Ability to adjust trigger sensitivity and trigger stops (A MUST FOR FPS!) CONS: Only 2 profile saves on the controller for on the fly changing (definitely save many more on the console and the ability to download other peoples profiles and save to your ELITE); SHORT WARRANTY FROM XBOX/MICROSOFT (buy an extended warranty if possible, because $150 bucks is still a hefty sum even if it's a good value compared to other modded controllers.) REVIEW: I preordered my Xbox elite controller when it was initially offered. From the minute I first held it in my hands, it felt great. The weight and fit were perfect for my large hands. Some people think that the price is a little high, but if you go to the other guys on the internet (SCUF, EVIL, GAMERMODZ, AND OTHERS POP UP ALL THE TIME), these can get expensive and the more stuff you add, the pricier they get. I admit that EVIL has much improved on their controllers and their price tag, and so has SCUF ( I definitely have a preference between SCUF and EVIL Controllers.); you can program any button to the 4 paddles on the back, and they are removable; You may save 2 profiles on the ELITE controller and switch at the flip of a switch (other controllers, EVIL especially, I think has the ability to save 5+ profiles on the controller). You have complete control of the trigger sensitivity and the D-pad. My only real negative remark regarding the ELITE controller was that the warranty was the same as other Xbox controllers you buy new from the retailer. It may have changed, but I initially had to purchase my replacement due to the fact that my left thumbstick stopped working. I still have the same controller that I purchased as a replacement and it still performs like a CHAMP! NO REGRETS WHATSOEVER!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hey there,

      Thanks for sharing your love for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller! We're especially glad that you enjoy how customizable the Elite is, and that it's comfortable in your hands. Your feedback is really important to us.

      Happy gaming,
      Chuck
      Xbox Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best controller I have ever owned.

    Posted
    mrcrunch08
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I may not be seen as the typical person who would buy this controller since I haven't been a heavy gamer for some time now but even though I have only been gaming a few hours a week lately this purchase has been the best I have made in a long time. It's not all the great extra features that are extremely useful that make this purchase worth it for me. It's the build quality. I have owned Scuf controllers in the past when I was heavy in to gaming and despite those costing much more then this the quality here is far superior. I am also very impressed with the placement of the paddles. They seem easier to reach then those on a scuf pad but it is a process trying to get used to using fingers you normally never used gaming before. It does weigh about twice what a standard xbox controller weighs but it doesn't seem to be a factor and is hands down the most comfortable controller I have used. I am extremly impressed with how well the magnets work for swapping thumb sticks, dpad, and paddles. I honestly thought that would have been an issue and would have to worry about paddles coming off or wobble on the thumb sticks but that is not the case. Everything sits tight and secure. Another feature that impressed me was the trigger adjust ability. It is a feature offered on other modded controllers but the way it is implemented here is as good as it can get ease wise. One quick flip of a switch and effectively increase your fire rate in fps games. I honestly would like to see the travel decreased more when the feature is enabled but cutting the travel distance of the triggers in half is plenty good and worth using. The included Halo game was a nice bonus even though I already owned the game but considering that was included and the price was still at the normal price of just the controller it was a huge win. It is thanks to that halo game that I didn't remove a star for the customer service I received. I like shopping at Bestbuy and this is my first online purchase from them and was stated to include 2 day delivery which was important for my decision to order here but unfortunately it wasn't shipped 2 day despite what the customer service reps told. I ended up having to become a my choice member with UPS and pay a fee in order for it to get delivered on time before xmas. Luckily I was on top of it and fixed the problem before my item was handed off to USPS from UPS which never ends well. Despite that issue I still must give credit to Best Buy for keeping the standard price and including the game for free when others who had this combo was changing their price throughout the days before xmas from $190 - $200.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't Play Xbox One Without It

    Posted
    SirBooBear
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have owned an Elite controller since its release. It is by far the best way to play on the Xbox One. Not all the extra features are used, but the feel and built of the controller is much better than the regular controllers. I do use the round thumbpad a lot. I find that it is the best way to play to fighting games for me. I can never get used to using an arcade stick, so the round thumbpad is my main reason for using this controller. The longer thumbsticks do help with shooters. I find it much faster to aim and it cuts down on the time to switch between targets. The half-pressed trigger buttons are a big help when sniping. I don't play as a sniper in online shooting games, but I use the feature often when playing the game 'Zombie Army Trilogy'. In that game you are forced to run-and-gun as a sniper, and the half-pressed trigger becomes extremely helpful. Other than those features, I find the built and weight to be perfect for me. I am a big, strong guy and the heavy built feels perfect in my hands. The controller buttons don't stick after rough use. I usually don't know my own strength and have had problems since the original Xbox controllers where buttons become stuck. Not a single button on the Elite controller has become stuck. They still just as great as when I first started to use the controller. I am on my second Elite controller. The first controllers headphone jack stopped working. Besides that issue, the first controller still plays great. I use it as a second controller. I had to buy a new controller because I can't play with another controller. I even got a custom controller from the Microsoft Design Lab, and that one is still in the box. I played with it for little bit, then switched right back to the Elite controller. The price may not be for everyone. And you probably won't use every feature on the controller. But, I highly recommend the controller as a premium,luxury product. I also highly recommend getting an extended warranty with the controller.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Take it from someone who mods his own controllers:

    Posted
    MeKiwi
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    In my opinion, this is absolutely the best XBox One controller you can get short of modding your own -- and possibly even then! Being a tinkerer and a techie, I have been adding buttons to the back of my own controllers since the original "black brick" Xbox (almost 15 years ago!) and would never go back to using a controller without added buttons on the back. That being said, after picking up one of these Elite XBox One controllers, I no longer use my own self-modded controllers. Yes, the paddles took a little while for me to get used to, especially since my self-modded controllers could have the buttons EXACTLY where I wanted them, but the overall build quality of this Elite controller is miles ahead of the regular controllers and I just can't go back to them, even the ones I modded myself. There is a textured grip of cross-hatching which feels sublime in your hands. The weight on this baby is absolutely perfect -- it's far heavier than the standard plastic controller, and in my opinion that is a GOOD thing. The heft adds stability, allowing me more precise movement with the thumbsticks. As mentioned, the paddles take some getting used to, but once you do you'll absolutely love them -- they are quick, responsive, and always activate when you hit them. My only criticism would be that they might be a tad *too* sensitive, as I often accidentally hit them when trying to set the controller down on the table or putting my hand back on the controller after scratching an itch. I personally don't use the trigger stops very much, but I can see where they would come in handy for certain types of games and they are built well -- the stop feels very solid and does not feel like it will break with continued use. The per-button programming is relatively simple and intuitive, and the ability to save two button configurations to the controller and switch between them on-the-fly is quite nice. I also don't really use any of the additional/replaceable parts, but the "wow" factor of having interchangeable parts (and the possibility of new ones in the future) is pretty sweet. Yes, this is one expensive controller, but if you have the money and you play a lot, I think you'll find it worth it. The Elite controller may be BEST suited towards hardcore, professional gamers, but I honestly think that anyone who plays more than a few hours a week would appreciate the better build quality of this Elite controller and find it worth the price in the long run. I certainly did, and I was very skeptical when I bought it since I modded my own controllers to my own taste, but I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised and love my Elite controller!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice for button mapping games play

    Posted
    airik

    PROS 1. It comes with everything you'll need in a carry case including batteries 2. Button mapping is easy to set and can be for the thumbsticks you click in or triggers you hold 3. There are four preloaded thumbstick sensitivity curve types to set and adjust 4. All three thumbstick sets glide smooth with the shell not grinding it. And the long type is way more accurate in sniping games 5. It has two different D-Pads one is good for quarter combo moves 6. The triggers have a deadzone tuning for a quicker or slower timing reaction every time you pull it 7. You can make the trigger and sticks swap sides when button mapping 8. The vibration can be adjusted for any motor and sets with the configuration you make 9. The Guide button brightness adjusting sets with the configuration you make CONS 1. A analog stick in the controller can get loose and start drifting even though it's never been dropped 2. There isn't a real good grip on the convex thumbstick set like the other two sets 3. You can't combo button map to any button, trigger or thumbstick 4. You can't mirror map one trigger to the other trigger but can with thumbsticks 5. While setting your triggers deadzone the trigger doesn't vibrate to make it accurate 6. You can only invert the y axis of the thumbstick and not the x axis 7. There is no inner or outer deadzone settings for the thumbsticks to set like the triggers have 8. There is no x and y axis thumbstick sensitivity to adjust separately 9. You can't make your own thumbstick sensitivity curves and can only choose the preloaded ones

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A lot of killer features, but with some problems

    Posted
    WaltD
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This pricey item might just be worth it, particularly if you like spending money on quality input devices (like mechanical keyboards, for instance). Build quality is a good bit improved and heftier above the standard controller. The only drawback with the quality is that it is an oil magnet, with its unique rubbery plastic. But the stainless triggers, bumpers, and D-pads all feel solid from a material standpoint. The biggest failure of the controller is that the disc D-pad isn't really an improvement over the standard controller; the problem is that the mechanical triggers sometimes aren't depressed when you think they should be, so you can't really tell if you are truly triggering left and up, for instance, when trying to trigger the diagonal direction. It's frustrating that, once again, the Xbox has a weak D-pad—I recommend sticking with the standard cross D-pad option, because at least with it you can feel which direction you're clicking. All the customization options are what really make this a great value when compared to modded controllers. It's very easy to make very granular changes to the button configuration, or even adjust trigger/stick sensitivity and curves. (While all Xbox controllers can have a single global customized button layout with the new Xbox One updates, this controller lets you switch between multiple profiles with the app, and it stores two profiles on the controller.) I think your mileage will vary as regards the paddles. I could barely use two of them without accidental clicks, and 4 was unusable for me. But this is a fault of how I hold a controller, not a problem with the controller's design. The design is pretty impeccable in this regard, but I guess having other shapes of paddles might have helped me out. Overall, it's a great device, but it isn't perfect. I think you should get this to making gaming easier or more comfortable. I doubt it will do much to improve your performance. And it has problems that hold it arms length from greatness. It's not for everyone, but I like it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price tag (hear me out)

    Posted
    crbermudez
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was a bit skeptical when first considering to buy this controller. The main reason was due to the price. $150 for a single controller is pretty hefty however when I put it into perspective it was a no brainer. Consider how many controllers you've gone through since you got your Xbox one. For me I had gone through two controllers since I purchased my Xbox back in November 2015. Now I'm pretty careful when it comes to taking care of a controller however with both of them I had the same issue of the right thumbstick getting stuck for time to time. The issue wasn't that huge since the thumbstick would only get stuck for about a second or two HOWEVER during shooter games this was just not going to work. Consider the prices of controllers if you're debating purchasing the Elite controller. In just 5 months I had gone through two controllers. Each of those controllers costing approximately $70 after taxes so about $140 total so far. At that rate it only makes sense to purchase this controller! The build is easily twice if not three times as good as the regular controllers! It's made with real metal and the fact that you can personalize the controller with not only the programmable paddles on the back but you can also mess with the sensitivity of your thumbsticks, shorten up the distance to engage your right and left triggers using the trigger stops and even program separate button layouts using the slider in the middle of the controller. Not to mention, you can completely switch the controller settings with the flip of said switch. All in all, if you are teetering between getting this controller or not really consider how many controller's you've gone through so far. Yes the controller is optimized for professional game play but keep in mind you can literally use it exactly the same as a basic controller by removing the paddles on the back and not engaging the hair triggers. The ONLY reason I did not give this a 5 star rating is due to the paddles on the back sometimes being pressed when you do not want them to. For example, setting the controller down is not ideal as usually the top right paddle will get engaged and may screw up your game. For example, I have my top right paddle programmed to be the B button. So whenever I press pause on a game I have to be very careful how I set my controller down so that it does not accidentally unpause my game. This has happened more than a few times. Overall GREAT controller and honestly worth the extra money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Value

    Posted
    TriggerHappy
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    "You get what you pay for" is a phrase that can be applied perfectly to the Elite Controller. Most will balk at the high asking price, but this is a premium item and it is priced as such. This isn't going to be an easy sell for casual gamers who are fine with $19.99 after market controllers, or people who are completely satisfied with the standard controller. This controller will be marketed to the truly competitive gamer and people who are looking for something more durable & provides a wealth of options for customization & comfort. From the moment you pick it up you can feel the quality of the product. it has a nice weight to it & has the look & feel of a premium built product. The controller is comprised of swappable magnetic analog sticks, paddles and directional pads, so there is is less degradation thus giving the controller a longer shelf life. The Xbox also has it's own software which allows you to further customize various aspects of the controller to your liking! One thing to keep in mind, this controller isn't going to magically make you a better player. Please don't expect to shoot to the top of the scoreboard all of a sudden. This controller is meant to supplement your skills and provide you with additional customization and comfort options that could prove favorable for the end user! It's easy to scoff at the price, but purchasing this is no different than buying a quality gaming headset, racing steering wheel, or Arcade Fighting stick, all of which provide far less versatility. I am very pleased with my purchase and would advise anyone who is remotely interested or on the fence to take the plunge. Experience your games with a new sense of freedom!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware - Please Read Before Purchase!

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    Gamer504
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    IMPORTANT NOTE: Purchase Best Buy's extended warranty. Microsoft's warranty is only 3 months. My controller's analog broke after only 110 days of usage, and after pouring through Microsoft's forum pages and speaking to a rep, I found that it needs to be replaced. But I didn't realize the warranty was so short. So I must repurchase. Do not make the same mistake as me, it's worth the extra $20 on something you are already paying too much for. As for my review: PROS * Best Xbox controller I've played with. Very solid feeling and the grips are fantastic. * Button Replacements. I haven't had to yet, but if your thumbsticks wear out, replace them with the extra backup set the controller comes with. * Button mapping rocks. CONS * The Hair Trigger sounds great in theory. Trigger buttons are analog, which means they can input 0% (not pressed) to 100% (pressed). Trigger locks only register around 70%. However, that's not 100% and some game functions don't register it as a "press" at that position. I can't fire some guns in Battlefield 4 with the hair locks on. * The paddle buttons (on the back) are the main reason I bought the controller. They do exactly what they say they do, which is awesome. What is not awesome, is that it's super easy to hit each one of those. You can't wrap your fingers all the way around the controller, you have to hold it very dainty-like. That's not my style, so I ended up not using them. I tried, but I play games competitively and accidental button press are no good. * Durability? I'm VERY careful with my high dollar toys, though I am a bit passionate when pressing buttons and moving the analog stick. As far as I'm concerned, the analog sticks didn't handle "normal usage" of a hard core gamer. * 3 Month Warranty. Just pay $20 extra bucks for extended warranty. If anything, it's worth the piece of mind. * Way too expensive. However, it's a very solid and awesome controller. Would I have bought it again, knowing what I know now? Yes. I know I detailed the cons more than pros, but that's only because it's an extension of the controller's product description above. It does everything it says it does, and that's awesome. Just be aware of the usability and restrictions of those features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, quality controller

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    ReviewerJeff
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    Make no mistake, this controller is well constructed but takes a little time to get used to the paddles. I, sadly, tend to buy things that I'm only on the fence about getting. However, when I got the controller, I wonder how I've played with any other. The controller is heavy. And that's a good thing. The sticks and buttons are well made. The sticks feel good and are easy to switch out with the other kinds that are included. The "standard" d-pad is great. Easy movement. This can also be switched out. The triggers worked about the same and then you have the option to flip a switch for hair triggers. Those are a delight. The paddles. It takes a little time to get used to them. For one, I've not played with a controller that has had paddles. And for two, I want my fingers to rest right where they are... not good when you keep pressing them. I've had to learn to reposition my hands/fingers which incidentally has improved my play a bit. The paddles work as advertised. The app is pretty cool as well. I've messed with it a little. Mostly, I've created two profiles (those can be stored on the controller for easy switching between them) for the buttons and stick sensitivities. Switching between twitch shooting and sniping is incredibly easy. My only lasting issue is picking up the controller. I've yet to find a consistent way to pick up the controller without hitting at least one button somehere *usually a paddle). Annoying, but not a deal breaker. Overall, I highly recommend this controller if you have the money to spare. This controller is a steal if at $100 but at $150 it is a tougher sell for the average gamer out there. As good as it is, I would have had a tough time talking myself into the full price, but fortuntely, I had a gift card to offset some of the cost. I give it five stars for the controller... not the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best wireless controller

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    Locosiete
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    Just received mine and you can definitely feel a difference in the build quality compared to a normal Xbox One controller. It definitely feels sturdier and has a little more weight but nothing that will cause discomfort. The main deciding factor in buying this controller was how much you can customize the button layout. I've played too many games that don't allow you to change button layout or the preset options suck. So definitely loving that feature. Something i hope Microsoft will add to future games is rather than having to go to dashboard than open the accessories app to map Buttons you could just do it from game's settings. Especially since when you first start a game you don't always know what the controller layout is to begin with. Another option i wish that could be add in the future is to map 2 buttons to the same one. On some games that would be really helpful. If that is something that can be done already i haven't seen how yet. Someone posted it is worth getting the BB warrenty and I strongly agree especially since how much this controller cost. I have had maybe a little over a dozon Microsoft wireless controllers between my Xbox One and 360 in the last 6 years and almost all of them started doing the "stick drift" after some time. Seems like the controllers that come with the system do it the fastest. Maybe it is just me?!? So again $20 is a great investment for $150 controller.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best controllers out there.

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    IMJUSTICE
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    This controller is practically "perfect" in every sense it really seems like its made of top quality parts since the controller does have some fairly weight to it. The funny thing about me buying this controller is that I don't own a Xbox One nor have I ever played with the regular Xbox One controller either, so it's impossible for me to say how superior the Elite Controller is from the regular one. But in any case I bought this Elite Controller about a day or two after the release of TC: The Division. I previously played Watch Dogs and Tomb Raider with the regular Xbox 360 controller, and I must say the feeling and handling is awesome in every way. Now I don't want to play on my Xbox 360 with that cheap plastic controller... Anyway I still need to experiment with the paddle's in the back, also they haven't been a problem by getting in the way and you can chose to remove them as well if you don't like them. The controller also comes with three sets of heights; short, normal, and long joysticks, so far I've kept the normal sized ones on. This controller can be customized to your specific needs even the triggers in the back. I only have 2 CONS for this controller, First the finish surface. It's hard to describe since it does have some grip to it but if you have oily fingers or sweaty hands (Like me) you're going to smudge and leave your finger prints. It's not as as bad as putting your hands on a glossy surface but I just wipe it afterwards with my shirt. The second and BIGGEST CON I would say about this controller is the price point. In all honestly I don't think I have ever spent so much money on a "single" gaming peripheral ( I even used a $15 Reward Coupon...). Even my Corsair K70 Mechanical Keyboard wasn't this expensive either($94). But I suppose if you combine a Gaming Mouse and Keyboard it kinda totals the same depending which brand you with. To conclude, yes it was expensive but I have ZERO regrets I like everything about this controller. Color, Handling, Range of customization features (Triggers, Paddles, Joysticks, D-Pad), plus you can re-map your button layout through the Xbox Accessories App in windows .

    I would recommend this to a friend