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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
Manufacturer Microsoft
Code name Model 1698
Release date October 27, 2015
Device type Game Console


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Xbox Wireless Controller "We can't sign you in right now. Try again later." error when signing into Xbox/Xbox Accessories App RepairSoftwareSoftware1. Easy
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Xbox Wireless Controller Windows Code 37 Device Driver error repairSoftwareSoftware1. Easy

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The Xbox One Elite Controller is a premium controller based on the second generation of standard Xbox wireless controllers. It was initially bundled with the Xbox One Elite console as well as being sold as a standalone controller. The controller uses a steel construction with a soft-touch plastic exterior, along with interchangeable rear paddle buttons and analog stick tops.

The Elite controller is the ultimate Xbox One controller. Released in 2015, this was the Xbox One's first premium controller and the most expensive to date. Features that make the Elite stand out from all other Xbox One controllers is the fact that parts of it can be swapped for other parts. For example, the left and right sticks can be exchanged for sticks of different shapes. The D-Pad can also be swapped for numerous different forms. Another feature that makes the Elite stand out is the rear paddles on the back of the controller, no other Xbox One controller (that is not in the Elite series) features this.

On June 15, 2015, during its E3 2015 press conference, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, a new controller which Xbox division head Phil Spencer described as being "an elite controller for the elite gamer". It features a steel construction with a soft-touch plastic exterior, along with interchangeable rear paddle buttons (with either short or long forms), analog stick tops (original Xbox One stick, a convex dome, and an extended version for increased accuracy), and directional pad designs (either the traditional four-way design, or a concave disc-like design), and "hair trigger locks" for the triggers that allow users to reduce the amount of distance required to register a press. Through software, users can customize button and paddle mappings and adjust the sensitivity of the triggers and analog sticks. Two button profiles can be assigned to a switch on the controller for quick access. The Elite Controller was released on October 27, 2015.

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, internally known as Model 1698 is a game controller released by Microsoft on October 27. 2015. It is a pro-orientated version of the Xbox Wireless Controller.

Being a pro-orientated version of the Xbox Wireless Controller, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller has magnetic-attached thumbstick caps, swappable D-pads, 2-step trigger stops and remappable back paddles. As will Model 1697 of the Xbox Wireless Controller, it has a 3.5mm audio jack for audio passthrough. Impulse trigger rumble is also supported, but disabled if shorter trigger stop setting is set. It is powered by 2 AA batteries when used for wireless connection.

It was superseded by Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 (Model 1797) on November 4, 2019.

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is a native XInput controller, meaning it is supported in games that use XInput API. It supports impulse triggers in selected games. Up to 2 built-in profiles and up to 256 profiles in the cloud can be customized using Xbox Accessories App on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC (Requires Windows 10 and later), but thrid-party software like Steam, reWASD, and JoyShockMapper allow assigning paddles to keyboard and mouse actions or macros. The controller can be connected through either wired (via Micro-USB), or wireless via the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (supports up to 8 controllers). While not natively support Bluetooth connectivity, it can be done by using a Bluetooth adapter like Brook X ONE Adapter. Playing games that only use DirectInput API requires wrappers that transcode the XInput inputs into DirectInput inputs.

Firmware updates
Either Windows 10 PC with the App, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X|S is required to update controllers firmware.
To update firmware on the controller, install Xbox Accessories App from Microsoft Store and connect the controller either with cable or wireless adapter.
Related accessories
  • Wireless Adapter for Windows - Recommended for use of a wireless Xbox Elite controller on PC especially for those without bluetooth or experience connection issues with the controller.
  • Headset accessories - Both wired and wireless headsets should work with Windows
  • Xbox One Chatpad - Drivers for official chatpad can be installed through Xbox Accessories App from Microsoft Store
Technical information
Device name: Xbox One Elite Controller, HWID: 045E:02E3
See also Xbox Wireless Controller for the device name and HWID for the Xbox Wireless Adapter.

Cosmetic variants

A special Gears of War 4-themed limited-edition variant of the Elite controller was unveiled during Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference. It features a rustic, dark red color scheme with a blood splatter effect and the series emblem on the rear of the controller, and a D-pad disc with weapon symbols corresponding to the in-game weapons bound to these controls.

A White Special Edition of the controller was announced on August 29, 2018. Although a revised Elite controller was leaked early in 2018 incorporating functional changes, the White Special Edition was another cosmetic variant of the original Elite.

Chat Headset

The Xbox One Wired Chat Headset (Model 1564) is a single-ear headset with a boom microphone permanently wired to an adapter that plugs into the rectangular expansion port on the bottom edge of the Xbox One controller; it also engages the two round holes flanking the expansion port with plastic alignment prongs for stability. There are three buttons on the adapter, which allow the player to adjust chat volume and mute the microphone. A version of the Chat Headset was later available with a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack instead of the adapter; on the updated version, the controls were on a small plastic pod in line with the cable.

Stereo Headset Adapter

The original Xbox One Wireless Controller (Model 1537) has no 3.5-millimeter headset jack on the bottom edge of the controller. The Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter (Model 1626) allows the use of stereo headsets with 3.5-millimeter headphone jacks using the rectangular expansion port on the bottom center of all Microsoft Xbox One controllers, including the original (Model 1537). The Stereo Headset Adapter includes five buttons which allow the player to balance chat and in-game audio output levels, adjust overall volume, and mute the chat microphone. It was available both separately and in a bundle with the Xbox One Stereo Headset (Model 1610).


The Microsoft Chatpad keyboard attachment (Model 1676), similar to the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit, was unveiled at Gamescom on August 4, 2015. The Chatpad also includes the functions of the Stereo Headset Adapter and was bundled with the updated version of the Chat Headset terminating in a 3.5 mm headphone jack. In addition, the Chatpad features two dedicated programmable keys; the default behavior allowed the player to record screenshots (X1) and gameplay clips (X2) without using a software menu, if that functionality is enabled in the Xbox Dashboard settings.

Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows

The Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (Model 1713) is a USB-A dongle with a single button that allows computers using the Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating system to connect with Xbox controllers, headsets, and similar accessories via the proprietary Xbox Wireless protocol rather than Bluetooth. It was announced in June 2015 and began shipping in October of that year. Support for Windows 7 and 8.1 was added through new drivers in December 2015. It is equipped with a single white LED to indicate pairing and wireless connection status.

A revised version, now named the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 (Model 1790) was introduced in August 2017 with a smaller size, reducing the risk of obstructing adjacent USB ports. The revised Model 1790 drops support for Windows 7 and 8.1.

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