Microsoft unveils cheaper Xbox Elite 2 Core controller

Microsoft has a new Xbox Elite 2 Core controller that's more affordable. You can preorder now for $129.99 at the Microsoft Store.

Xbox Elite 2 Core
Xbox Elite 2 Core (Source: Microsoft)
  • Microsoft introduces a more affordable Xbox Elite 2 Core controller.
  • The new controller costs $129.99, which is $50 cheaper than the Xbox Elite 2 controller.
  • It doesn’t come with interchangeable components, but you can buy them for $59.99
  • You can preorder the new Xbox controller at the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft is trying to make its Xbox Elite 2 wireless controller series more affordable with the introduction of the new “Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Core.” The new wireless controller costs $129.99, which is $50 less than the original Xbox Elite 2 model, and you can preorder immediately.

The difference between the original Elite 2 and Elite 2 Core is that the “Core” model doesn’t come with the accessories to customize the controller or the carrying case. If you want the interchangeable components, you must purchase them separately.

If you want all the accessories, the “Complete Component Pack” will cost you $59.99, which includes:

  • Carrying case.
  • Charging dock.
  • Classic thumbsticks (2).
  • Tall thumbstick (1).
  • Dome thumbstick (1).
  • Cross-shaped D-pad (1).
  • Set of four paddles: medium (2), mini (2).
  • USB-C cable.

However, with the Xbox Elite 2 Core, you will get a controller with rubberized gripers, adjustable-tension thumbsticks, and shorter hair trigger locks. The controller also comes in white.

Although the Core model seems more affordable, if you buy the accessories separately, you will spend around $10 more at the end since the existing Xbox Elite 2 will continue to be available for $179.99, and the Xbox Elite 2 Core with accessories costs $189.98.

You can preorder the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Core for $129.99 today at the Microsoft Store. The company will start shipping the controller on September 21.

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