Microsoft says that Xbox One users will soon be able to remap their controllers regardless of version, suggesting that it will no longer be an exclusive perk to owners of Elite controllers.
Xbox One Elite controllers are up for preorder and are going to hit the shelves soon on Oct. 27, which caused one fan named Stav to ask Microsoft via Twitter why remapping is restricted to the upcoming premium controllers only, noting that the feature is a standard on the PS4.
Xbox's director of program management Mike Ybarra promptly responded, saying that every controller will get the feature "soon," which made the Xbox fan ecstatic upon hearing the good news.
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) October 4, 2015
The remapping feature is not the Xbox One Elite controller's only redeeming feature, which means that Ybarra's announcement won't render it obsolete. Xbox players can customize the D-pads and thumbsticks, allowing fans to swap out components to suit their games or play styles.
"Give your gaming a helpful boost with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. It adapts to your hand size and play style, so you get better control across all gaming genres. The new, faceted D-pad enables easier and more reliable combo execution, while the traditional D-pad provides precise control to change weapons or call in a strike," Microsoft wrote on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller's product page.
"Soon," however, is a pretty vague answer, causing players to speculate just when exactly the custom button configuration will be implemented. Some fans are impatient about it, though, saying that it should've been a standard feature long ago.
The Xbox One Elite controllers' release date is timed accordingly with Halo 5: Guardians, which means that players will get to enjoy the improved Xbox One experience with the perfect game to boot. The premium controllers are priced at $149.99, and the Elite Bundle, which comes with the Xbox One console fitted with a 1 TB solid state hard drive and, of course, the controller, is priced at $499 and is scheduled to roll out on Nov. 3.
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