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Bleeding Edge TV 613: Gears of War Xbox One Elite Controller Review

As a follow-up to the Gears of War 4 custom Xbox One S console that I showed you the other day, here's a look at the limited edition Gears of War 4 Xbox One Elite Wireless controller! This is the very first custom Elite controller that Microsoft has released for the Xbox One, and as you can see, the design is super unique, and very much Gears of War-themed through and through. You get everything you'd find on the standard Elite controller, like the paddles on the back, removable thumbsticks and d-pad, and super-solid build. It costs $50 more than the regular Elite controller, and what you are paying for there is the Gears of War 4 design, because functionally  the two controllers are exactly the same. What do you think? Would you pick up a $200 Xbox controller?

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Video Transcript:

I already brought you a look at the custom Gears of War 4 special edition Xbox One S console, and I’ll leave a link to that video in the description below in case you missed it, but there’s another cool piece of Gears-related special edition hardware coming out of Microsoft - the Gears of War 4 Xbox One Elite Controller.

Microsoft has done special edition versions of its consoles and controllers for major game releases before, but this is the first time they’ve done a dedicated version of the Xbox One Elite Controller. This is the premium hardware that is the pinnacle of what a controller should be, and it’s matched up with a premium price as well.

Opening up the box, the first thing we see is the crimson pouch with a Gears of War gun right on front. Before we open that up though to reveal that Elite Controller hotness, let’s take a look at what else is in the box. Here as you can see, you also get a code that allows you to download an exclusive in-game emblem, as well as 3 Gear packs for Gears of War 4. There’s a quick setup guide that shows you everything you can do with the Elite controller, and a small box that houses a pair of AA batteries, and the high quality microUSB charge cable. The USB cable is braided to avoid tangling, and as you can see, it sports that same blood red color.

Now let’s check out the Gears of War 4-themed Elite controller itself. Right away, you can see that the design on here is similar to the standard Gears controller that’s included with the special edition Xbox One S console, but it’s actually a deeper shade of crimson red. You have the signature laser etched claw marks going right over the center of the face of the controller, along with some blood spatter for good measure. The skull omen is on the left-hand controller grip, and the whole thing has that distressed artwork. I think it looks really, really cool. Another nice touch is the d-pad disc, which has icons showing different weapon classes.

Around back you see the paddles, one of the things that sets this controller apart from the standard version. As you can see, there’s the Phoenix Omen on the battery cover, and the textured black controller grips as well just adds to the battle-weathered design.

Being an Xbox One Elite controller, the two thumbsticks and the dpad are swappable, and you can remove any or all of the rear paddles. You can save up to two custom controller configurations right to the controller as well. Swapping out the different piece is super easy, thanks to the power of magnets. You just pull off the custom D-pad or the thumbsticks that you want to swap, and replace them with the others. You get 2 standard thumbsticks, two tall, and two domed along with a faceted d-pad and a standard shape. On back, the paddles are a metallic red, and everything is Gears of War themed. Everything in the package is nice and premium.

If you’re curious how this controller looks alongside the Gears of War 4 special edition console, I took the liberty of putting it right next to that so you can get a feel for what the whole set looks like - it all goes together nicely. And if you were wondering how this compared to the standard Xbox One Elite controller, here’s a look at the two of them side by side.

Aside from the looks, the standard model sells for $149, while the Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Elite controller sells for $199. Despite the additional $50 tacked onto the price tag, this one is pretty hard to find, so if you see one and you want it, grab it immediately.

Now I want to hear from you - what do you think of the design of this controller specifically, and what do you think of that $200 price tag? Let me know in the comments and I’ll meet you there for further discussion. Drop a like on this video if you’re a fan of Gears of War, and feel free to hit me up on Xbox Live using my Gamertag Dru So Icy. Click or tap on my face in order to subscribe if you haven’t already so you can stay up to date on future videos and a super exclusive Gears of War giveaway that we have coming up as well. Thanks for watching, I appreciate your support as always, I’m Andru Edwards and I’ll catch you in the next video.

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