The first one is pretty obvious, an Elite 3 should (and would, you’d think) be built around the Xbox Series X|S pad. After a couple of years we’re now fully adjusted to any subtle differences the new controller offers — like a slightly slimmer build and the prominent share button — so we’re more than ready for a DualSense Edge competitor that’s properly ‘next-gen’ .
However, the second key focus has to be around properly fixing all of the issues we saw with the Elite 1 and 2 controllers. Yes, these are more complex devices than normal gamepads, and yes the DualSense Edge is yet to stand up to the test of time, but the simple fact is these things should be very reliable given the prices we’re being charged for them.
The point on reliability will have extra emphasis if Sony’s pad does indeed end up being pretty reliable. Again, we’re not sure how it’ll hold up in the long run right now, but by the time an Elite 3 could potentially roll around (rumored to be sometime this year), we should know how the Edge performs out in the wild.
2023 feels like the right time for an ‘Xbox Elite 3’, and make no mistake, we definitely want to see such a device for Xbox Series X and S. We just hope Microsoft fully addresses the issues that plagued their previous two controllers.