Apparently Xbox didn’t expect the demand it’s receiving for the new $150 Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, and as a result the customizable controller has sold out pretty much everywhere. You can still get it if you’re willing to shell out $500 for the Xbox One Elite Bundle. Otherwise, unless you preordered it and haven’t picked it up yet, you’re out of luck – at least for a little while.
Microsoft is working hard to replenish supply before the holiday season though.
“We’re thrilled at the amount of interest we’ve received for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller,” a Microsoft spokesperson told GamesBeat. “We are working quickly to get more units of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller in the hands of fans, and look forward to replenishing inventory in time for the holidays.”
The customizable controller features hair trigger locks, four slots for interchangeable paddles, interchangeable thumbsticks and D-Pads, and the ability to customize sensitivity, button mapping, and more. Initial reviews of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller have been very favourable, and the overwhelming excitement and interest from gamers has no doubt pleased the company as Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, mentioned on NeoGAF.
“[We’re] definitely pleasantly surprised by the consumer response to this product. The controller was designed for a niche consumer base, for the hardcore and pro players. We did not expect the demand that this controller received. We do plan on increasing production of the product to meet consumer demand.”
While you may still find one for sale somewhere, you’re best bet is to call around and see if your destination has any left in stock. VentureBeat called around and found that Best Buy, the Microsoft Store, Amazon, Walmart, Target, and GameStop were all sold out online, and was told by GameStop that the company only received enough units to fill pre-orders.
Did you manage to pick up an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller? If so, how are you liking it? If not, are you disappointed? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.