Ok, that’s pretty damned sexy
The rumors and speculation about a new Xbox One Elite controller have been making the rounds for some time. The last rumor was that we’d see it during Gamescom 2018. Funny enough, Microsoft did tease a hardware announcement but pulled it prior to the event starting up. Shortly afterward, we heard that a new controller would be released in October.
So guess what just appeared out of nowhere? Yep, a new Xbox One Elite controller and this one is white.
Could this be the Washburn controller revision? Maybe, but we haven’t seen any official confirmation from Microsoft as of yet. That said, there’s also a white Xbox One X console being released around the same time. So this simply could be a color swap for the console as well. As far as I can see, there’s nothing new on this controller. And for those interested, it still takes AA batteries.
Update 2: I did some digging. This is exactly the same as the original Xbox One Elite controller. Meaning it’s not a refresh, nor does it have any Bluetooth capabilities. So if you want to use it on a Windows 10 PC, you’ll need a Windows Xbox One wireless adapter. That’s a bit of a bummer.
Either way, this new controller is up for pre-order over at Gamestop and Microsoft’s online store, right now. It’s listed for $149.99, which is the same price as the original Xbox One Elite controller.
And I won’t lie, this controller looks pretty damned sexy. Regardless if it turns out to be Washburn or not. Though, I would have loved if the buttons had light gree (Xbox green) highlights along the letters. If I didn’t already own an Elite controller, I’d have you run out and get this when it gets released. Oh, who am I kidding, you know I’m going to get it anyway.
Update: There’s a video for this new controller.