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Microsoft makes its 1 millionth Xbox One Elite Controller

There’s demand for high-end console gamepads

Xbox One Elite Controller
Xbox One Elite Controller
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The Xbox One Elite Controller reached an important milestone this week: Microsoft has manufactured one million of them to date, according to a tweet from Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. That’s not bad for a $150 controller that was in short supply last year because Microsoft itself "totally underestimated" demand for such a device.

Here’s the one millionth controller, with the customization to prove it, from Spencer:

The Xbox One Elite Controller launched October 2015, offering Xbox One owners a high-end alternative to the system’s standard controller. The Elite offers a number of customization features, including swappable D-pads and thumbsticks, hair trigger locks and four rear paddles.

The Elite controller retails for $149.99 (the standard Xbox One controller costs $59.99). Microsoft recently announced the option to customize the colors of the Xbox One’s standard controller.

For more on the design of the Xbox One Elite Controller, read Polygon’s interview with Microsoft about the development of the gamepad.

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