Microsoft has started sale of controller parts on its online store. Owners of both the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller and the Xbox Standard Wireless Controller can head to the Microsoft Store right now to purchase new boards, sticks, buttons, covers, and more. Now, if your shoulder buttons are broken or your sticks are drifting, this means you don’t have to rely on third-party sources for parts and instructions to attempt a repair that could be much cheaper than replacing controllers, which can cost $59.99 or $179.99 brand new.
iFixit also shows parts for the controllersand it’s worth noting – those come with a “lifetime” warranty, while Microsoft says its parts have a one-year warranty period.
This helps the controllers over Sony’s recently introduced DualSense Edge. The $200 gamepad competes with the Elite series based on “pro” gamer features and also came out of the box with stick modules that can be easily replaced by removing a cover and lifting a lock. However, Sony does not sell replacements for the other parts that Microsoft’s store now has listed.
It also follows Microsoft’s agreement with shareholder advocacy group As You Sow almost two years ago to explore options for customers’ right to repair their equipment. In June, the company also began selling spare parts for Microsoft Surface devices. The move is similar to Apple’s decision to start selling repair kits last year.