Get to know your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

Video: How the Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Works

Watch the video, How the Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Works. Note This video is available in English only.

The face of the controller

The face of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the side that faces up when the controller is in front of you.

Thumbstick being removed from Elite Series 2

1 Left thumbstick
2 Left bumper
3 View button
4 Xbox button
5 Battery indicator light
6 Profile button
7 Menu button
8 Right bumper

9 Directional pad (D-pad)
10 3.5-mm port
11 Expansion port
12 Right thumbstick
X X button
Y Y button
A A button
B B button

Left thumbstick (1) and right thumbstick (12): These are small joysticks, raised above the controller surface with rubbery pads. The left stick resides on the upper left of the front face of the controller, and the right stick resides on the lower right of the front face. The sticks are used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. These move directionally and they can also function as clickable buttons when you press down on them. The controller includes different types of sticks that can be swapped out and the tension of the sticks can be manually changed using the thumbstick-adjustment tool.

Left bumper (2) and right bumper (8): These are oblong-shaped pressable controls that reside on the top of the controller to the left and right of the USB charging port. These controls are used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. They are often used to let you jump between sections of the interface but have varied functionality depending on the game.

View button (3): This button resides just to the lower left of the Xbox button (around 7 o'clock). Use this button to focus in on an activity in a game or app such as pulling up a map during a role-playing game. The functions of this button vary depending on the app or game.

Xbox button (4): This button resides at the top on the face of the controller. It is slightly recessed and round. It has multiple functions:

  • When the controller or Xbox is turned off, press this button to turn on the console. If the Xbox is already on and the controller is off, press this button to turn on the controller.
  • When the controller and Xbox are already on, press and hold this button for about 6 seconds to turn off the controller.
  • When the controller and Xbox are already on, press and hold this button until the What do you want to do? options appear on the screen. From there, you can:
    • Turn off the console or controller
    • Restart the console
    • Turn on Narrator or Magnifier
  • When using the controller with Xbox One, press this button once to open the guide.
  • When using the controller with a Windows 10 PC, this button opens Xbox Game Bar when pressed during PC game play. Exception: During game streaming through the Xbox Console Companion App for Windows 10, pressing this button returns you to the Home screen of the Xbox App.

Battery indicator light (5): This light appears directly below the Xbox button (6 o’clock) and between the View and Menu buttons. The battery will flash when the controller is being charged with the USB-C cable or charging dock (both included). When the controller is fully charged, the light will stop flashing and turn solid white. For more info, see Charge your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2.

Profile button (6): This button resides in the center of the controller’s face directly below the Xbox button (6 o’clock). Press this button to switch between controller profiles you create in the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One or Windows 10. When no bars appear lit below the Profile button, the controller is using the default button mapping. For more info, see Use the Xbox Accessories app to customize your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2.

Menu button (7): This button resides just to the lower right of the Xbox button (around 5 o'clock). Use this button to access game and app menu options like Settings or Help, along with commands within the user interface such as Enter on a keyboard.

Directional pad (D-pad) (9): This is a raised plus sign-shaped toggle that resides between the left and right thumb sticks. Used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. It moves the focus up, down, right, and left in the interface. The D-pad can be swapped with the included faceted pad.

3.5mm port (10): This is a recessed port next to the expansion port on the bottom-side edge of the controller. Used to connect compatible 3.5-mm audio devices.

Expansion port (11): This is a recessed port that resides on the bottom-side edge of the controller. It's used to connect other accessories such as an Xbox One Chat Headset.

A, B, X, Y buttons: These buttons reside on the right side of the controller. The Y button sits in 12 o'clock position, with B, A, and X positioned clockwise. Used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface.

The back of the controller

The back of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the side that faces away from you.

Thumbstick being removed from Elite Series 2

2 Left bumper
8 Right bumper
13 Right trigger
14 Right trigger lock
15 Charging dock connector
16 Left trigger
17 Left trigger lock

18 USB-C power port
19 Bind button
P1 P1 paddle
P2 P2 paddle
P3 P3 paddle
P4 P4 paddle

Left bumper (2) and right bumper (8): These are oblong-shaped pressable controls that reside on the top of the controller to the left and right of the USB charging port. These controls are used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. They are often used to let you jump between sections of the interface but have varied functionality depending on the game.

Right trigger (13) and left trigger (16): Positioned just below the bumpers on the front-top edge of the controller. These are pressable controls most commonly used during gameplay. They often vibrate to provide feedback during the games, though you can turn off vibration in the controller settings.

Right trigger lock (14): Located to the left on the back of the controller, this switch has 3 positions to adjust the right trigger lock setting.

Charging dock connector (15): Used when charging the controller with the charging dock (included). Resides directly in the center on the back of the controller.

Left trigger lock (17): Located to the right on the back of the controller, this switch has 3 positions to adjust the left trigger lock setting.

USB-C power port (18): The USB-C power port is used for charging your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. This port resides on the top edge of the controller above the Xbox button . For more info, see Charge your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2.

Bind button (19): This small, slightly raised button resides near the USB-C port on the top edge of the controller. Used to wirelessly connect the controller to Xbox One and pair Bluetooth on a Windows 10 PC.

P1, P2, P3, P4 paddles: For additional inputs, four paddles are snapped into the sockets found at the very bottom on the back of the controller (remove or keep however many you want). The following is the default button mapping for paddles:

Paddle Default button mapping
P1 B
P2 Y
P3 A
P4 X

For more info about mapping the paddles and other buttons, see Use the Xbox Accessories app to customize your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2.

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