Having used an Elite controller on my PC nearly each single day for years, it has lastly began exhibiting indicators of significant put on and tear, so final week I went and acquired an Elite Sequence 2 controller. I’m principally proud of it, however there’s one weird shortcoming with its interchangeable sticks that has me stumped.
The unique Elite got here with a full set of three interchangeable thumbsticks. The default pair had been of comparable design and size to a typical Xbox controller’s sticks, however there have been two extra that had been taller, one set I’ll name “Medium Size”, and the opposite I’ll name “The Lengthy Boys”.
It took me round 90 seconds of testing to seek out that The Lengthy Boys had been simply the very best. As somebody who doesn’t play many fast-paced motion video games (the place shorter sticks are slightly bit sooner), I a lot most popular the precision management they afforded, on the left for stuff like stealth and driving, and on the precise for aiming and digicam management.
The entire really feel was simply so easy, and premium, and beautiful. And it was the lengthy sticks, greater than the construct high quality of the controller itself, that made me take pleasure in utilizing my unique Elite a lot. They made me really feel like I used to be utilizing a controller that was particular, like I’d been granted powers unavailable to the peasants toiling away with a daily controller (sure I do know you should buy thumbstick extenders for normal controllers, however they’re not this good).
As soon as I’d tried out The Lengthy Boys, my Elite’s thumbsticks could as nicely have not interchangeable. I left them in there and by no means as soon as eliminated them, and over time grew to not solely love them, however get used to them. I used my Elite so usually that their size and precision was now simply how a controller was presupposed to really feel to each my unconscious and reflexes.
So think about my shock after I opened up my new Elite Sequence 2 to seek out that Microsoft had fully modified the character of the interchangeable thumbsticks. Gone was the thought of three pairs of sticks at differing lengths; now we acquired 4 spare sticks of which three had been the identical “brief” size because the defaults, leaving solely a solitary Lengthy Boy.
What the hell? My controller is now weirdly lopsided! And making an attempt to play with one lengthy stick and one brief one looks like hell, with one hand getting a gentle, full vary of movement whereas the opposite wrangles with a stubby little thumbstick. I’m not saying it’s painful to play like that, nevertheless it’s not enjoyable.
I’ve seen some bizarre inter-generational adjustments in my time on this job, however few as outright weird as this. If you happen to had been going to be an asshole, you can say that I ought to have recognized this bizarre minor element earlier than my buy, since there have been photographs like this available:
To which I’d say, shut up, the Lengthy Boys had been nice and clearly the superior stick in my thoughts, why would I’ve any purpose to imagine that adjustments could be made, and so why would I even take a look at these items? (I may additionally meekly level out that who is aware of how lengthy these sticks on the precise are, as one in every of them may even have been lengthy, and solely proven top-down as an instance completely different kinds of thumb grip.)
And then you definately would say, nicely look fool, right here’s a screenshot of Microsoft’s personal Elite Sequence 2 web site, the place it actually tells me there’s just one Lengthy Boy included:
To which I’d say, we’re getting off the topic right here, I’m not saying I used to be hoodwinked right here. I’m saying that solely together with one lengthy stick is a dumb concept! This can be a $180 controller, you’re telling me Microsoft couldn’t have put one additional stick in there, if not efficiency’s sake, then no less than for symmetry?
After making this unique discovery I figured OK, this isn’t a complete loss, I can simply swap one in every of my previous Lengthy Boys in and that’ll work. Not ideally suited, nevertheless it’ll work. Nope. For no matter purpose, Microsoft modified the locking mechanism in order that previous sticks received’t connect to the brand new controller’s base. Gah!
Up to now I’ve seen two cures on-line for this, since I’m removed from the primary individual to blindly purchase a second Elite controller and discover themselves up shit creek with no lengthy paddle. Treatment #1, offered by the worst individuals conceivable, suggests repeatedly swapping the Lengthy Boy between the left and proper thumbstick relying on what recreation you’re taking part in. No.
Treatment #2 is to purchase a set of alternative thumbsticks, broadly accessible on-line, which themselves solely embody a single Lengthy Boy (for the reason that packs mimic Microsoft’s personal unique providing), however which might grant me a second longer stick total. Once more, although, it is a $180 controller, and now I gotta pay one other $20-40 simply to match the inclusions that I beloved a lot in regards to the first one?
This all sucks! So I want to put this on file: Microsoft, when it comes time for an Elite Sequence 3 (or perhaps a Sequence 2.5), please put two Lengthy Boys in there! Connoisseurs of easy, precision video gaming like myself would recognize it.