The Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller Is $44 Off Right Now

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The Xbox Series X comes with a regular controller, but those looking for a higher-end experience, customization, and a few more features might be tempted by an Xbox Elite controller. That temptation might come to a screeching halt once they see the Elite controller is more than twice as expensive as a regular Xbox controller.

However, right now, Microsoft is knocking $44 off the price of the red Core Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, bringing it down to a slightly more reasonable $95.99 (originally $139.99). The same controller with extra components is also available for $150.99 (originally $179.99).

The Elite Series 2 wireless controller was launched in 2019, and is the among the best controllers for the Xbox One/Xbox Series and for PCs, according to our sister site, PCMag. The main sticking point is the price. Microsoft re-released it two years later, minus some non-essential accessories—like a carrying case and customizable hardware, like a cradle, rear paddles alternate analog sticks, and direction pads—and called it the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Core. The Core launched for $129.99 with just the essential hardware but the same software, leaving the door open for people to buy the additional hardware if they want to upgrade later.

Remember that Xbox no longer allows third-party controller accessories to be compatible with the Xbox, so don’t try to cut corners with a cheaper controller. Getting a Microsoft controller means you can also use your Xbox controller to play Steam games on your PC, and if you like playing on multiple devices, there’s a way to swap between your most recently used Xbox console and your PC or mobile device automatically.

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