According to an IGN Daily Fix video, the current set of rumours circulating the industry note that the pad will ditch the AA-batteries traditionally used in Xbox One pads in favour of an internal battery that will be charged via USB-C a connection – also a change from the Mirco-USB input the current generation of pad uses.
The ‘Xbox Elite Controller 2’, codenamed Washburn, will also utilise Bluetooth connectivity, and have three levels of hair-trigger lock
None of this is confirmed by Microsoft, but we’re very close to hearing more about the pad if the company does indeed plan to announce it at Gamescom 2018.
New Xbox Elite Controller – Rumours
The Xbox One Elite Controller rumours refuse to die. This week, new reports suggest that Microsoft is gearing up to show off the new pad soon – possibly at Gamescom (where the company has already confirmed it’ll be debuting ‘new hardware’).
To support this, a tweet from The Verge senior editor Tom Warren has revealed more information about the as-yet-unannounced Controller.
“Xbox codename Washburn. It’s a $149 Xbox controller that will ship in October…” reads the tweet.
We know from previous reports that the pad will have USB-C support, will have adjustable analog sticks, and will be made of better higher-quality materials than standard Xbox One pads.
If the hardware is going to be revealed at Gamescom, it’s likely we’ll see it as part of the Inside Xbox stream, which will take place at 3.30pm BST on August 21st.
New Xbox Elite Controller – Overview
The Microsoft Elite Controller is a premium product, one Microsoft acknowledges is aimed at the hardcore gamer market.
The original version of the pad costs £120, and adapts to your hand size and play style, so you get better control across all gaming genres.
It features both a faceted D-pad enables easier and more reliable combo execution, while the traditional D-pad provides precise control to change weapons or call in a strike.
Designed in collaboration with pro-level players, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller unlocks your full potential and adapts to your unique style of play, according to Microsoft.
You can see more about the premium pad here.