Short tests: Gamepad for the Xbox, sporty in-ears and the Star Wars Droid D-0

In the short test by Xbox controllers of the second generation Elite V2, the sporty in-ear listeners PI3 and PI4 and the remote-controlled Star Wars Droid D-0 from Hasbro.

Microsoft’s second generation of the Elite controller promises luxury for gamers: The Elite V2 with its rubberized handles is more comfortable to hold than the standard version. But it costs as much as three standard controllers.

The Bowers & Wilkins PI3 and PI4 in-ear headphones provide a good grip for sports. They have a bass-driven sound and the PI4 also has active noise reduction.

The new Star Wars movie introduces droid D-O. A remote-controlled toy model, it’s designed to conquer children’s bedrooms by blinking and whistling – using ball control.

In 2015, Microsoft had surprised the gaming world with the elite wireless controller. The special feature was the adaptability through exchangeable buttons. The noble periphery could also convince us. Both Iteration one, as well as the now announced new edition can be used not only with the Xbox One, but also with a Windows 10 PC or an Android device.

The successor of the Elite-Wireless-Controller should convince in several points. According to Microsoft, improvements are supposed to have been incorporated in 30 places. On the surface, completely rubberized supports stand out. Thus, the grip should be improved. Furthermore, there are new analog sticks. The resistance of the thumbsticks can be adjusted in three different levels. The necessary adjustment tool is included in the delivery. The possibility to save up to three different profiles and call them up at the touch of a button also provides for more individualization. With the Xbox accessory app, even more button assignments can be made, for example to execute a voice command such as “take a screenshot” at the touch of a finger.

Charging – via the dock or with the USB cable

There are two ways to power the wireless controller. On the one hand, there is a docking station in the box where the gamepad is loaded. On the other hand, the second generation of the Xbox Elite controller can also be charged via USB-C cable. On the other hand, there is no longer a compartment with replaceable batteries – as is usual with previous Xbox Wireless Controllers – because a lithium-ion battery supplies the customizable gamepad with sufficient power. According to Microsoft, the new input device should only run out of juice after 40 hours.