If you’re interested in buying Microsoft’s new Elite Controller Series 2 for Xbox ahead of its release in the fall, make sure you keep an eye on stock as we push through the summer.
At E3 2019, Microsoft finally confirmed an update to its popular Elite Controller. Dubbed Elite Controller Series 2, the new version of the controller comes with an assortment of upgrades including new adjustable tension thumbsticks, updates to the trigger grips, and various improvements to the paddles and thumbsticks.
The Elite Controller 2 also includes USB-C support, Bluetooth, and a rechargeable battery that apparently can last up to 40 hours per charge. It looks like an excellent update to a great controller and plenty of people have their eyes on it as we approach the accessory’s November 4th release date.
Of course, these upgrades don’t come cheap. The Elite Controller 2 retails for $180 without a deal making it far more expensive than your standard Xbox controller. It’s a pretty big investment, but it’s one many people are willing to make.
You can buy the Elite Controller right now at retailers like Amazon and Microsoft though stock is a bit shaky right now. Amazon is currently sold out of the controller and there’s no telling when it will return.
Given its popularity, there’s a chance stock will remain uneven as we make our way toward November. The original Elite Controller was extremely hard to find during its release window several years ago.
If you want the Elite Controller 2 as soon as possible, you’ll want to keep track of its stock. In this guide, we’ll help you do just that.
How to Find the Xbox Elite Controller 2 in Stock
Your first option is to track the controller’s stock manually. To do that, you’ll want to its page on the Microsoft Store or Amazon and make a bookmark. Some of you might even want to add a shortcut in your browser for easier access.
That’s an option, but we recommend using a tracking site like NowInStock. Sites like NowInStock allow you to track stock without having to visit retail sites over and over again. Here’s how to use it.
First you’ll need to head over to NowInStock’s Xbox Accessories page. This page shows the controller’s stock history at retailers and it updates every so often giving you a look at the stock’s current status.
If you don’t want to open up your browser every time you want to check for stock, you can set up an alert that will send you an email, text or browser notification when stock becomes available. Here’s how you do that:
- Register for a free account at NowInStock.
- Check your inbox for a verification email and click the correct link to verify.
- Go back to the Xbox Accessories page on NowInStock.
- Click Add/Manage alerts in the right corner of the screen.
- Add an item to track it.
Once you add the correct item, you’ll get a little menu where you can select to get text, email and Browser alerts. These are free unless you get carrier text message charges.
If you’re having a hard time finding stock through Microsoft or a popular retailer, you might want to check sites like eBay and Craigslist. That said, you probably won’t be able to find the controller for less than $180 through those sites.
We’re already seeing scalpers charge an arm and a leg for the Elite Controller 2 on eBay and those prices will fluctuate in the buildup to the controllers release date.
If you don’t regularly check for stock and the controller sells out ahead of its release, these sites might be your only option for a time.
Pre-Order for These Bonuses
If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses.
Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:
There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG.
If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.
If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.
If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering a copy.
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