We have been following rumors of a new Xbox Elite controller for well over a year now and while no such product has been officially announced as of this writing, tantalizing clues continue to be dropped. A recent patent filed by Microsoft offers a glimpse into what a new iteration of this premium controller could offer. The controller mentioned on the patent is aptly named as GAME CONTROLLER WITH REMOVABLE CONTROLLER ACCESSORY.

The description of the new device seems to indicate that just about every button on the controller could be replaced. For example, you may want an A button that is slightly larger than the other face buttons or buttons with different shapes or textures. This is just speculation on my part but I am wondering if it would be possible to add a small trackball or a completely different type of input to the new Elite controller.

The familiar disc-shaped d-pad is featured within the patent but there is also an illustration of a small joystick that could also be used in its place.

While not specifically mentioned in the latest patent, the new Elite controller is rumored to have a USB-C port and an internal battery that can be recharged while in its carrying case.

Thanks, Geek Latest