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Gears of War Elite Controller now available for Pre-Order

The wonderful looking Gears of War 4 Elite Controller is now available for Pre-Order from Game and the Microsoft Store

You can Purchase from the Microsoft Store here or from GAME here.

Crush the competition with this limited-edition controller, featuring a gritty, battle-weathered design, arsenal of swappable components, and Hair Trigger Locks. Choose from a variety of Gears-themed thumbsticks, D-pads, and paddles, and use the accessories app to tweak trigger sensitivity, button mapping, and more. Includes one unique multiplayer lobby emblem and three Gear Packs for special in-game items.

Xbox One Elite Controller review

SCUF has been one heck of a success story, producing modified controllers that allow gamers to keep their thumbs on the sticks while still having full control over the face button. A paddle system configured to the A, B, X or Y is positioned underneath the controller so that your resting fingers can work them, keeping your thumbs in full control of where you are aiming. I fully expected Microsoft to partner with SCUF for the launch of the Xbox One and release an officially licensed controller. Now, finally we have that controller, although MS have stepped out on their own.


The Elite controller is an absolute beauty, and at £119.99 it’s competitively priced against those of SCUF – but the Elite has a huge advantage – it’s completely customisable. The controller comes with a variety of options: four paddles (two short and two long), three sets of thumbsticks (short concave set, medium domed set, long concave set), a traditional d-pad, a funky disc d-pad, a braided cable for charging and a hard case to keep the controller safe. It’s one heck of a package, although MS forgot to include a rechargeable battery!

Each of the controller’s accessories magnetically snap in to place, and once they are on, they hold – no chance of slipping and no chance of falling off mid-game. The final gem in this customisable package is the option to tweak a variety of settings via an app, accessible through the Xbox One. Two different setting loadouts can be stored on the Elite at any one time and can be selected via the mode switch located in the centre of the controller – SCUF must be looking over at the Elite with a little envy, at least they have their famous trigger stops to brag about… well… MS have that covered too.


A pair of trigger stops can be effortlessly flicked on or off, reducing the distance you need to press down on the triggers – and by using the app – you can set how they respond. Creating dead zones for a more controlled trigger press – ideal for racing games – or setting up a heightened sensitivity, which is perfect for shooters like Call of Duty. The Elite controller really does tick all the boxes, apart from that elusive battery.

Jumping in to the Elite app, which unfortunately isn’t available to snap, you can control a whole host of options. You can remap the face buttons and paddles; tweak the brightness of the guide button and the strength of the rumble motors; and adjust the sensitivity of the thumbsticks and the triggers. If it’s all a little over your head then you can select a pre-defined setup, like the ‘smooth’ control system. You can also download and use developer profiles and setup your Elite controller with one of their settings.

Like the other new Xbox controllers, the Elite has the new 3.5mm jack input and the RB/LB have been overhauled and respond no matter where you press them. What I liked most about the Elite was the thumbstick turning circle. It’s silky smooth. Since release I’ve managed to pour in around 250 hours use and the sticks feel just as smooth as the day I first used them, and they haven’t lost any of their magnetic strength needed to snap the sticks in place. The only downside to the controller was that the right trigger was ‘sticky’ when I engaged the hair-trigger lock, although this did eventually disappear after I had used the pad for around 10 hours.


The Elite is weightier than the standard controller, its components are made from steel, it has rubberised grips and a soft matte powdered finish making it feel like a premium product. The Elite is comfortable to hold, and although you’ll need to train your fingers to use the paddles, they are so well placed that using them feels comfortable and natural. It did take some effort to think about what and where I was pressing – undoing years of muscle memory – but once the paddle location clicked and I remembered which buttons I’d set to each paddle, they were a joy to use and easily the best paddle design I’ve come across. Now the standard Xbox controller seems like a distant and archaic tool – a bit like the “Duke”.

The Elite is a beauty. Retailing at £119.99, it may seem a tad on the expensive side, but you get a lot of bang for your buck – it’s just a shame MS didn’t throw in a rechargeable battery!

We bought our Elite controller to bring you this review

Button mapping coming soon for all

A feature previously believed to be reserved for the new Elite controller, button mapping, is set to be available for all controllers soon.

Mike Ybarra, Partner Director of Program Management, Xbox and Windows Platform at Microsoft, replied to a tweet asking him why button mapping was reserved to just the Elite controller, with confirmation that the feature will be coming to all. However, no information regarding of when this would be available was given.


The Xbox One Elite controller, with swappable d-pad, analogue sticks, and mappable buttons, is due to release on October 27, 2015, for £119.99,

Take a closer look at the customisation options of the Elite controller

It looks like you will be able to tweak just about everything on the Xbox One Elite Controller via the app – as the new trailer below shows.

You can set up 255 different configurations in your library, and load two at any one time directly on to the pad, selectable via the slider button.

You can tweak any of the following via the app:

  • Thumbstick sensitivity
  • Trigger responsiveness
  • Rumble motor intensity
  • Brightness of the Xbox button
  • Remap the controller’s buttons and sticks

Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller reduced in the UK

Elite Controller

GAME are exclusively selling the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller in the UK and today they have announced a cut in the asking price.

Originally going on sale at £129.99 – the Elite will now set you back £119.99 and is expected to launch sometime in October.

In close collaboration with professional gamers, Microsoft created the Xbox Elite Controller — a pro controller designed to take gaming to the next level. Players can customize everything from trigger sensitivity to button mapping to game-specific setups, and use it with their Xbox One and Windows 10 devices with a custom app that offers gamers the opportunity to further modify the controller for any gaming scenario. The controller features a premium design that guarantees long-lasting quality with stainless steel features that are built to withstand hours of intense gameplay.

TiX Podcast: E3 Round-up 2015 Part 1

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens, Neale Jarrett, Richard Berry and Derek McRoberts in another special show focusing on E3 2015. In this first of two parts the foursome discuss games they’ve been playing, such as The Elder Scrolls Online, Another World and Elite Dangerous, before discussing the conferences and their reveals from E3 2015. Plenty of the usual lively banter and jokes see the foursome through 3 hours of E3 talk, with plenty more still to discuss, so look out for part 2 in the coming days.


If you want to send us a question or topic for the Email Q&A section, or simply contact us, then shoot over an email to: podcast@thisisxbox.com

You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @GregGiddens and @BaronVonPleb

You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

The backwards compatibility test video mentioned in the show: