There’s now a cheaper Xbox Pro controller for your gaming PC

Microsoft has just unveiled a new version of its Xbox Elite 2 controller, and it could bring pro controller functionality to your gaming PC for less. Dubbed the “Core”, the company says its new pad aims to provide “essential components that meet the fundamental needs of today’s competitive gamers”.

The Xbox Elite Series 2 Core comes with bells and whistles typically included with enthusiast PC controllers, like thumbsticks with adjustable tension, a rubberized grip, and shorter hair lock triggers. You can also swap out its sticks, d-pad and trigger molds using an optional accessory pack – a neat trick included with the original and alternatives like the Thrustmaster Eswap X.

The Xbox Elite 2 and the new Core pad look nearly identical, but the former is clad in a white body and contrasting black grips. If that particular aesthetic isn’t your bag, you’ll be pleased to hear that the gamepad is heading to Xbox Design Lab, meaning you can play with cursed color combinations until the cows come home. at home.

The new Xbox pad on the block arrives September 21, and it’s available to pre-order now for $129.99 USD / £142.99 GBP. The fact that it costs $50 less than the original means it could quickly become a strong contender for the best PC controller, especially if it packs a similar punch for less.

Robert P. Miller