The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller was first unveiled by Microsoft at E3 2015. The controller sports hair-trigger locks, enhanced sensitivity, and swappable parts such as different directional pads. It also has the option to remap buttons as well. Needless to say, it’s not your average gamepad.
At the time the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller was slated for an October launch in the US with other regions to follow. We posited that it was unlikely that the $149 (around Rs. 10,000) controller would be available in India. But if this listing on Flipkart is to be believed, we were probably wrong.
According to the e-commerce giant, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller has a tentative release date of March 31 and will be supplied by W.S. Retail, Flipkart’s preferred retail partner. It sports a Rs. 10,990 price tag which makes us wonder how many of these would be available for purchase. An odd move considering that special editions of top tier Xbox One games don’t make it here, but a controller costing almost Rs. 11,000 just might.
Right now, it’s only available for pre-order on Flipkart. There’s no official listing on Amazon India or Snapdeal despite both of them stocking Xbox One consoles, games and peripherals. Could this be a Flipkart exclusive? It appears so. For its part, Amazon India, which partnered Microsoft to launch the Xbox One in the country does not even have anticipated Xbox One and Windows 10 PC exclusive Quantum Break listed at the moment and neither does Snapdeal, but it is on Flipkart. It’s odd decision to make both Quantum Break and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller exclusive to Flipkart considering that its focus on gaming has waned over the years.
Nonetheless, we’ve contacted both Flipkart and Microsoft and will update this story if we hear anything from either company.