There are two inevitable conclusions about the Xbox Elite Controller, and sometimes they're at odds with each other. First, it's an incredible gamepad (which it better be, considering the $150 price tag). It's hefty and quality and springy in all the right ways. It cheapens other standard controllers, making them feel like inadequate plastic toys.
But, it'll probably also break down at some point. The rubber grips will come loose. Maybe the bumpers will snap off inside the casing. The Xbox Elite Controller has a reputation: It's fantastic up until the moment it all goes to hell through nothing more strenuous than normal use. It's a real bummer realizing that your $150 controller didn't live up to the long-term investment you hoped it'd be.
That's why the second iteration of the Xbox Elite Controller has to come up some raised eyebrows. It'll be an improvement in several ways, but will it actually improve where it needs to? This needs to be a durable controller. Full stop. Anything less is unacceptable.