Xbox Elite Controller Isn't Expensive

You might think that the xbox elite controller is expensive. However, it doesn't seem expensive when compared to other custom controllers like scuf ...

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iTechHeads1128d ago

$150 is expensive for a controller. No matter how "pro" it is.
These controllers are mad really cheap. A regular controller is made for like $10-$15. So double that for this controller and its $20-$30 cost to make it, best case scenario.

mohsin25961128d ago

You are right but considering considering the price trend and other alternates its not expensive ... Not comparatively atleast

TheJacksonRGN1128d ago

It is less expensive than custom controllers yes, but it is still expensive.

PeaSFor1128d ago

sorry but its NICHE and EXPENSIVE, no matter how you want to spin it.

Bimkoblerutso1128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

How is this even an argument? Scuf controllers are freaking expensive as well. How does comparing them magically make the Microsoft controller NOT expensive?

UltimateMaster1128d ago

It's more than expensive, it's a complete rip-off.
If only it had the technology to back it's price, it doesn't.

Nirvana315911127d ago

Even if they were priced at $1000 we would still have these articles. People just like to damage control for Microsoft

Orbilator1127d ago

I've said it before, but I'll say it again, its a kick in the teeth to those that don't have one as Microsoft is saying yeah or standard controller is crap if your a real gamer you'll need to buy this controller.

Kingthrash3601127d ago

Title says Xbox pro controller isn't expensive....then proceeds to compare it to other pro controllers that have a higher price tag. By that method a Lamborghini is cheap when compared to Bentleys...smdh...

AuToFiRE1127d ago

Even getting paid $15/hr, you still have to work 10 whole hours to afford it. It is an absurdly expensive controller.

4Sh0w1127d ago (Edited 1127d ago )

Context is always important when you say something is expensive; Is Xbox 1 expensive?, Is ps4 expensive?...I've heard many casuals at work who only play stuff like Angry Birds, yet own every new $600 iPhone that comes out say so...So it depends on who you ask.

-Is it expensive YES, but compared to the target market NO.

-Why even ask the average gamer is it expensive when on Microsofts own page the first thing they talk about is making a controller for "pro-level players"?

-It's like asking a average golfer or worse someone who golfs occasionally for fun do you think custom golf clubs are expensive?= YES, of course they do, but a pro golfer won't settle for anything less, meaning its expensive but worth every penny.

Example: "The Golf Channel, Tiger Woods was asked what he noticed the most about the amateurs he plays with in pro-am events. His response was that he sees very few golfers who are ever custom fit with clubs that could accent the positive things they do in their swings and reduce some of the effects of the chronic mistakes they make."

-Pro players will appreciate Microsoft offering a excellent pro controller with a very reasonable price tag.

-The X1 Elite controller could only be classified as expensive if it cost more than other products in its targeted market in other words the most expensive or among the most expensive pro level controllers. Is it expensive to most here, including me Yeah but so what, its an irrelevant question because its NOT for most gamers= Don't buy it, I will however because I consider it a gaming luxury item, and I love to own 1 awesome custom controller.

Couldntfindasn1127d ago


I don't think anyone could have said it better. Perfection

Dee_911127d ago (Edited 1127d ago )

lol, its not expensive because its comparable to the price of another expensive controller.. But I guess theres a market so what ever.

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chrish19901128d ago

I have to agree here - for $150 you can buy two regular controllers or a few games.

krypt19831127d ago

so it's simply don't buy the fucking thing, regardless they will sell like hotcakes and they are the best controller on the market right now, i have seen controllers sell for way more looking at you scuffs...

Zero1091128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

It's expensive because of what it adds. That's why it's pro. Just like there are newer/expensive versions of washing machines, lawn mowers, TVs and etc. You could say the same thing about gaming keyboards/mouses as well. This controller is not made cheap.

Doubling the manufacturing price doesn't make since when it adds so much more and is made with better material (just like the products I mentioned above).

Here is a dev video of the controller from MS themselves about how it's made and what it adds from the original:

fanboysmackdown1128d ago

That's the choice you get to make. For me it doesn't make sense but for serious gamers it's another option. The price is justified imo.

DemonChicken1128d ago

I think it is expensive too considering it is almost 1/2 price of the console itself =/

Xb1ps41127d ago (Edited 1127d ago )

Well... It is the other half of the console no? Can't really play with out it...

It is too expensive tho... I would love one but I don't think I would drop 150 for it..

Zeref1128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

There are other costs involved besides just making the controllers.

They have to pay for shipment. They have to pay the people's salary who make them. And those who test them in labs. All that costs money. And they have to make a profit to keep it on the market. You think all they do is throw a controller together and put a price tag on it?

Sure it's expensive but the price is fair.

Immorals1128d ago

Don't forget R&D. Also it's a niche item, so they'd have to allow for any unsold items

donthate1127d ago (Edited 1127d ago )

It is not only the manufacturing cost that is factored into these. It is also the investment of design, prototyping and after-support etc that makes these cost a lot.

It is for a smaller market so it has to make enough on each to recoup the cost. Once that is done, then the cost will be reduced.

If you compare it to scuf or any other competitors, it is very well priced.

I want one, but waiting for a sale. I will [email protected] online without it!

neoandrew1127d ago (Edited 1127d ago )

Your cost are false, before you made a controller you need to have an engineering team, design it, make Q&A, test different ideas and a lot more things to make it happen and go to store.

DLConspiracy1127d ago

Had MS been smart and sold these for $120 under the cost of Scuff controllers. They would have caught more attention and probably sold more to NOT just previous scuff owners. I was a little taken back that they cost more then them.

Irishguy951127d ago

All controllers are a rip off anyway. 150 is a joke. 60 quid for the standard Ps4/Xb1 is a joke ffs haha

Eagles831127d ago

I agree that I think it is expensive as I was expecting it to be in teh $80 to $100 range. To play devil's advocate for a minute though I think you are only looking at the cost of the materials when looking at the price of the product. Sure it may only cost $30 to make but you also have to factor in the R&D costs as well as marketing. They have to make that money back as well.

MrCrimson1127d ago (Edited 1127d ago )

My scuf was cheaper. Expected it to be 75$ at most.

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Me-Time1128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

For 100, I would have definitely given it more than a thought.
150? Controllers never depreciate in price do they? Eh, when pigs have wings...

Spotie1127d ago

Speak of the porcavian and he shall appear.

DonkeyDoner1128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

with $150 you can buy GPU more powerful than xone itself

ThePresentIsAgift1127d ago

Probably, but last I checked a GPU alone didn't play anything.

StarLord_Who1128d ago

$150 is expensive, if you have paid more for a controller, you have bought a VERY EXPENSIVE CONTROLLER.

Fin_The_Human1127d ago

Well that's why its optional and people like u can buy the regular controller.

Apple products are expensive too but I still buy them becuase I like them.

tgunzz1127d ago

Paid for my elite controller yesterday!!

yarbie10001128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

When it is almost half the price of what you pay for the console itself, i'd call that pretty expensive. I want one, but I'm not paying $150 for it

Me-Time1128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

You mean, Pretty Dayumm Expensive, right? lol :D

I fully agree with you. I really want one of these, but not for 150. That's horse****.

Chug1128d ago

Agree, does the thing even come with a built in battery or do you need to buy those too?

Unspoken1127d ago

How did you come this conclusion? A headline? They will sell more Xbox Ones than Elite controllers over the life of the product. MS will be able to recoup R&D costs on the Xbox One much more quickly than the new controller. Also, manufactures will take losses on consoles for market penetration.

Well, at least you have an option to get a controller that is priced at the percentage you are willing to pay for in comparison to its attached console.