When Microsoft first announced the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, there was a rumor going around that Microsoft was actually working on the controller in conjunction with Scuf Gaming. For those who aren’t in the known, Scuf Gaming is a company that creates custom controllers for various gaming platforms and while their controllers are usually on the expensive side, there’s no denying that they are not only works of art but also some of the best controllers money can buy. Professional gamers swear by them if that’s an indication of how good they are.
Now while that rumor was just that, a rumor, we can all say now that Microsoft and Scuf Gaming are now working together as of today as both companies have signed a licensing agreement that will allow Microsoft to tap into Scuf Gaming’s patents and controller know-how, Scuf Gaming will become the first exclusive 3rd party company to create accessories for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.
Both Microsoft’s Phil Spencer and Scuf Gaming’s Duncan Ironmonger have gone on record regarding this newly formed alliance.
“SCUF continues to improve the way gamers use a controller, reducing hand strain and enhancing the gameplay experience,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. “We are pleased to work with SCUF to bring this project to the masses.”
“Since creating a new market space for customizable professional gaming controllers 5 years ago, our vision has always been to see the mass market benefit from the innovative features and functions we patented. Over 90% of top professional gamers have recognized the competitive edge SCUF provides so we are delighted that Microsoft will now bring that edge to the wider market with its Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.” – Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Co-Founder of Scuf Gaming & Ironburg Inventions
Speaking of the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, expect to see that released to the tune of $150 on October 27, 2015, which also happens to be the same time that Halo 5: Guardians is released for the Xbox One.
For more info on Scuf Gaming’s controller line-up, check them out at www.scufgaming.com.