Microsoft's Xbox Elite Wireless Controller remains a hot commodity even a few months after its release. The company expects inventories to pick up to normal levels in March, following many weeks of stock being snatched up the minute it's available. If you're scouring the market for the hot controller, it looks like Amazon will have some on stock on January 30.
The constant sell-outs are no surprise given the controller's high-ratings and Microsoft's own admission that the company misjudged its popularity. Even at the relatively high price of $150 or so, Microsoft simply can't keep the things in stock for long. Our review gives some hints as to why it's so hard to find:
The main appeal for hardcore gamers though is the hair trigger locks which restrict the movement of the triggers, the variety of thumb sticks and D-pads that can now be swapped out to match the user’s play style and the four completely new slots on the rear for interchangeable paddles whose functions can be completely customized in a new app that’s due to launch on Xbox One and Windows 10.
This app will give gamers the option to adjust the triggers’ min/max values, thumb stick sensitivities and completely change the button assignments. Up to 14 inputs can be assigned to the ABXY buttons, paddles, D-pad, triggers, and thumb stick clicks and an unlimited number of controller profiles can be saved to the app and automatically backed up in the cloud while two can be stored locally on the controller itself. The two local profiles can be manually changed on the fly via a new profile switch on the controller.
So if you've been itching to get your hands on an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller sometime soon, keep Amazon in mind. You'll probably want to get your order in, however, as it's likely to sell out pretty quickly.