Is the Xbox Elite Series 2 Worth it? Review

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the premium controller for Microsoft console but at a hefty price, you have to wonder if it’s worth it.

To treat myself for Christmas this year I decided to use the Xbox Design Lab to create my own Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller. 

The customization options available on Xbox Design Labs are truly impressive. From the colour of the thumbsticks to the extra switches on the back, I was able to create a controller that truly felt like it was my own.

The design interface was user-friendly and easy to navigate. I was able to preview my design before making my purchase, which gave me peace of mind that I was getting exactly what I wanted.

Here are the design choices I made with the controller to give it that look:

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Complete Bundle
Doccy Darko Elite

  • Body: Astral Purple + Rubberized Grips
  • Back: Soft Pink + Rubberized Grips
  • Bumpers & triggers: Deep Pink
  • D-pad: Facet, Soft Pink (Metal)
  • Thumbstick Base: Carbon Black
  • Thumbstick Topper: Astral Purple
  • Thumbstick Ring: Retro Pink
  • ABXY: Colours on Black
  • View, Menu, Share: Retro Pink
  • Paddles Pack: Astral Purple (Metal)
  • D-pad: Facet, Carbon Black (Metal)
  • Thumbsticks + D-pad Pack: Carbon Black
  • Carrying Case & Charging Pack: Carbon Black
  • Carrying Case & Charging Pack: Carbon Black
  • USB-C Cable: Carbon Black
  • Engraving:

I ordered the design in Australia on the 20th of November 2022 in the hope that it would arrive before Christmas and I was not disappointed as it turned up via FEDEX on the 08 of December 2022. A roughly 2 and a half week turnaround which was a real surprise.

As I unboxed the device I could tell the difference in quality compared to the standard controller that came with my Xbox Series X almost immediately.

The vibrant colours that I’d chosen were extremely eye-catching, especially around the metallic-coloured components of the triggers, numbers and back paddles pack.

But does it justify the Australian price tag of $292.90, particularly when compared to the standard controller that retails at EB Games for $69 on sale or the Elite Core 2 for  $189.95? After all, that’s an extremely significant difference.

In my opinion for something that is only as unique as the options you have to play with, probably not, but considering how pleased I was with the parcel’s prompt delivery and the end product, I’m leaning more towards yes, its worth it. 

Once you use the controller it puts any doubts to rest, it’s easily the most comfortable controller I’ve ever used and although it doesn’t pack some of the haptic features that the PlayStation DualSense technology does, it has still overtaken that model as my favourite controller to use on both console and PC.


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