Controller:Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.png
XInput support
 Xbox Elite Wireless Controller at Wikipedia

Key points

Natively supported by most modern games.
Controller is improved version of Xbox One Controller with interchangeable back paddles, D-pads and thumbsticks, as well as hair trigger locks.
The controller allows button-mapping using a Xbox Accessories App on both Xbox One and Windows 10.
Limited configuration of paddles. Official software allows duplicate existing buttons of the controller and assign them to paddles.
Custom software reWASD lets use paddles as new buttons which you can assign keyboard and mouse actions or macros.
Physical switch on controller toggles preset moves on the fly. Two configs can be stored locally on controller and 256 configs in the cloud.
Controllers can be used wired connections (via micro USB) or wirelessly with the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (supports up to 8 controllers).[1]
Controller does not have Bluetooth support unlike Xbox One Controller.
No rechargeable battery, slot for two AA batteries.

General information

Official website
Official Guide for PC users
Community configs for Xbox Elite Controller
PC Games with Xbox One Controller Support

Controller variations[edit]

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller has special limited edition (only 2000 available) designed for racing games - SCUF Forza Elite Wireless Controller. Controller has different color and paddles are connected vertically to gamepad.
New revised controller variation Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 includes Bluetooth connectivity, USB-C support, and a rechargable battery that lasts for up to 40 hours per charge[2]. Three configs can be stored locally on controller and device has new adjustable tension thumbsticks.

Use with PC platforms[edit]


Connecting the controller should automatically download and install latest drivers for the controller.
Configuration is available only in Xbox Accessories tool which is available on Windows 10.
Custom application reWASD lets remap whole controller and works on Windows 7 or newer. Software gives advanced customization options eg. reassigning paddles to keyboard or mouse actions, macros, activate custom modes etc.

OS X[edit]

Use the 360Controller custom driver.


The Xbox Elite Controller is natively supported by distros using Linux kernel 4.7 (or later)[3]. Vibration is currently not supported.[4]


Can be recognized as Xbox One controller.
Not capable of making full use of Steam Input. Steam does not see paddles at all and assigning them to ABXY buttons by default.[5]
Configuration applied by official Xbox Accessories App or reWASD is coexisting with Steam. Steam Input does not overwrite their configuration.

Using wirelessly[edit]

Controller does not have Bluetooth support.

Wireless Adapter for Windows[edit]

Supports up to 8 controllers.
Using controller via Xbox Wireless[6]
  1. Connect the wireless adapter to PC and press the pair button.
  2. On the controller, press the controller bind button between shoulder buttons.


To shut down the controller, hold the Xbox button for 5 seconds.


Compatible with Xbox Play & Charge Kit (sold separately).
In the box of Elite controller you can find:[7]
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller or SCUF Forza Elite Wireless Controller
  • Carrying case (911 GT2 RS Carrying Case with SCUF Forza Elite)
  • 4 paddles (+ 4 SCUF paddles with SCUF Forza Elite)
  • 6 thumbsticks: standard (2), tall (2), and domed (2) (3 SCUF domed and 3 SCUF concave with SCUF Forza Elite)
  • 2 D-pads: faceted and standard
  • SCUF Forza Elite only: SCUF Paddle Hatch with Porsche Crest
  • SCUF Forza Elite only: 911 GT2 RS Certificate of Authenticity
  • USB cable
  • AA batteries
  • Quick setup guide and product manual

Issues unresolved[edit]

Incompatible games[edit]

Some games have issues with the Xbox Elite Controller. If game does not support Xbox One Controller, it will not work on Xbox Elite Controller either. Refer to the individual game pages for details.

Issues fixed[edit]

No force feedback vibration in DirectInput games[edit]

Install Force Feedback Driver for Xbox One Controllers.[8] Some games will still not support vibration even with this installed.

Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37)[edit]

Open Windows Update and ensure KB2685811 is installed.[9]

Other information[edit]

Firmware updates[edit]

Either Windows 10 PC with the App or Xbox One 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 adaptor.

Related accessories[edit]

  • Wireless Adapter for Windows - Required for use of a wireless Xbox Elite controller on PC
  • 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[edit]

Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 1
B Button 2
X Button 3
Y Button 4
LB Button 5
RB Button 6
LT Z-axis positive
RT Z-axis negative
Back Button 7
Start Button 8
Left stick Button 9, X-axis, Y-axis
Right stick Button 10, X-rotation, Z-rotation
Guide button
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right
Upper left paddle A/Button 1
Upper right paddle B/Button 2
Lower left paddle X/Button 3
Lower right paddle Y/Button 4

XInput Battery Meter[edit]

Displays a battery meter for connected XInput controller devices in the Windows taskbar.