Microsoft’s $180 Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Suffers from Stick Drift, Alleges Lawsuit

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Nintendo isn’t the only gaming giant that’s getting sued for stick drift. According to new court filings spotted by VGC, Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Wireless Controllers are being accused of having the same defect, which results in random analog movements despite no input from the user. Being that the Series 1 and Series 2 editions cost $150 and $180, respectively, the allegations are especially disappointing.

The lawsuit against Xbox controllers was actually filed back in April, but it didn’t include Microsoft’s Elite controllers until this month’s amendments. Images within the filings suggest that the problem could stem from the type of grease used to lubricate the sticks’ tracks – a close-up suggests that it’s also doubling as a corrosive agent.

“Microsoft lures consumers into purchasing the Xbox controllers by touting the Xbox controllers as superior controllers that enhance gameplay, describing the Elite controllers as the ‘world’s most advanced controller’ and emphasizing the Xbox one joysticks and buttons as possessing ‘Ultimate Precision.’,” the complaint reads.

“Microsoft does not disclose to consumers that the Xbox controllers are defective, causing the joystick component to fail. Members of the general public have the right to know the latent defects with the Xbox controller components.”

We’ll point out that we’ve experienced no issues with our Series 1 and Series 2 models, which are arguably some of the greatest controllers ever made. The plastic shoulder buttons are a little disappointing for a $180 product, though.

Tsing Mui
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