Microsoft may soon iterate on the expertly designed and ludicrously expensive Xbox Elite controller, based on recent leaks.
A new model of the Xbox Elite controller was leaked on the Chinese website Baidu, and later picked up by Reddit. According to Reddit user dogcomx, the new controller will feature built-in rechargeable batteries, a magnetic-charging MagSafe-like port on the back, USB Type-C, Bluetooth to connect to Windows 10 platforms, 3-level hair trigger locks, 3-profile switch, and longer key-travel for paddles. It is also expected to feature thumbstick tension settings, for which Microsoft filed a patent in 2016.
A number of images were included in the post to serve as evidence of the user’s claim.
An additional image of the controller was commented below the post by someone who apparently wasn’t believed when they showed off a previous leak of the hardware.
Microsoft has yet to confirm if these leaks are genuine, but the clues seem to point that way. While enhancements for the Xbox Elite controller are welcome, a major allure of the new technology would be the potential price reduction of the older model, making the controller more accessible to the gamer on a budget.
Source: PC Gamer