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Razer Wolverine Ultimate vs Elite Series 2 (2023): Which Controller Should You Buy?

The Razer Wolverine Ultimate and the Xbox Elite Series 2 are the brands’ premium controllers. They are both customizable and they are designed for both Xbox and PC gaming. But that’s where their similarities end. The Razer Wolverine Ultimate is a wired controller while the Xbox Elite Series 2 is wireless. Below is our Xbox Elite Series 2 and Razer Wolverine Ultimate review and comparison to help you decide which of these premium controllers you should get if you want the best.

Razer Wolverine Ultimate vs Elite Series 2 Comparison Chart

ModelRazer Wolverine Ultimate Controller Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller
 
PriceCheck Price Check Price
ConnectivityWiredXbox Wireless
Bluetooth (Windows, Android, iOS)
USB-C
Weight260 grams345 grams
Extra Buttons64
Haptic FeedbackTriggers
Rumble motors
Triggers
Rumble Motors
Trigger LockYesYes
Interchangeable Thumbsticks and D-PadYesYes
RGBChromaN/A
Battery LifeN/AUp to 40 hours
AppRazer Wolverine for Xbox appXbox Accessories App

Design

Both the Razer Wolverine Ultimate and Xbox Elite Series 2 are well-built, but the latter is a wireless and wired controller, while the former is wired only.

razer wolverine ultimate vs elite series 2 design
The Razer Wolverine Ultimate (left) is wired, while the Xbox Elite Series 2 (right) connects via Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth and wired USB-C.

Holding these two, you’ll feel that they are truly premium controllers due to their heft and overall feel. Both controllers have textured grips on the handles, so they aren’t prone to slipping and they are comfortable to hold. In terms of feel and durability, you won’t be disappointed with either controllers.

As you can see from the image above, the Razer Wolverine Ultimate is a wired controller while the Xbox Elite Series 2 is wireless. The Razer Wolverine Ultimate comes with a micro USB cable that has a quick-breakaway feature so that it attaches quickly when it gets caught on anything. On the other hand, the Xbox Elite Series 2 comes with a USB-C cable if you want to use it wired, but its main mode of connections are via Xbox Wireless or Bluetooth (Windows, iOS & Android). The Xbox Elite Series 2 is the more versatile controller in terms of connectivity.

Both controllers have an Xbox controller layout—ABXY buttons, offset thumbsticks, dpad, menu, options, bumpers and triggers. In addition to those standard buttons, both controllers have four extra paddles at the back that you can customize using their respective apps. The Razer Wolverine Ultimate, however, also has two extra buttons in between the triggers, so it offers more customization options.

Features

The Razer Wolverine Ultimate has more programmable buttons, but the Xbox Elite Series 2 comes with more accessories.

razer wolverine ultimate vs elite series 2 features
At the back, both the Razer Wolverine Ultimate (left) and Xbox Elite Series 2 (right) have four paddles, but the former has two more extra buttons between the triggers.

As mentioned earlier, the Xbox Elite Series 2 is the more versatile controller due to its wired and wireless connectivity. However, the Razer Wolverine Ultimate beats it when it comes to number of programmable buttons. It has two more extra buttons, in addition to the four paddles at the back, and it also comes with an attachment at the bottom that features even more customization options. The attachment has volume and mic mute buttons, profile switch and an on-the-fly reprogramming button. It also houses the headphone jack.

Both controllers can be customized using their respective apps. The Razer Wolverine for Xbox app and the Xbox accessories app are available on both Windows and Xbox. Within the apps, you can remap the buttons, and for the Razer Wolverine Ultimate, you can also adjust the lighting, which is a nice feature if you like RGB with your gaming peripherals.

Included with the Razer Wolverine Ultimate are two extra thumbsticks (tall convex and standard concave) and a directional pad with separate directional buttons. There’s only one of each type, so you can’t replace both sticks on the controller for a symmetrical setup.

The Xbox Elite Series 2 comes with four extra thumbsticks (2x classic, 1 tall, 1 wide dome), a faceted directional pad and a carrying case that also acts as the charging dock.

Performance

The wireless connectivity of the Xbox Elite Series 2 is a must have for a lot of gamers.

razer wolverine ultimate vs elite series 2 performance
The two controllers come with trigger locks for rapid fire triggers.

Playing games on either controller is a treat. The analog sticks are responsive with no drift or deadzones, the analog triggers work well and the feedback from the motors is satisfying. That said, the convenience of the Xbox Elite Series 2’s wireless connectivity is definitely more preferred, especially if you are playing casually.

The wired connection of the Razer Wolverine Ultimate offers lower input lag, so it will be preferred by competitive players. However, in real life, the difference in input lag is almost negligible. Only the most sensitive of players will feel the difference, and that’s a very small number.

Both controllers work exceptionally well for Xbox and PC games. The extra buttons are welcome additions and the ability to swap out the directional pads and analog sticks to suit your style make gaming more enjoyable.

Verdict

The Razer Wolverine Ultimate is truly a premium controller, but the lack of wireless connectivity prevents it from being the best controller—a title that the Elite Series 2 currently holds.

Razer Wolverine Ultimate

Elite Series 2

There’s a lot of good things about the Razer Wolverine Ultimate—excellent build quality, more buttons than the competition, on-the-fly programming and sensitivity adjustments, profile switching and even RGB. However, wireless connectivity is something that is valued by majority of gamers ever since the Xbox 360 and PS3 introduced them. The steep price of the Razer Wolverine Ultimate won’t be worth it for a lot of gamers simply because of its wired connection. The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller’s versatility in terms of connectivity makes it a more attractive controller at the higher end price point.

FAQs

📌 Which is better, Razer Wolverine vs Elite 2?

Both are excellent controllers, but the Razer Wolverine is wired while the Xbox Elite Series 2 is wireless. Choosing between the two will come down to whether you prefer a wired or wireless controller.

📌 How long should an Xbox Elite 2 controller last?

Its battery can last up to 40 hours.

📌 What’s the difference between the Xbox Elite Series 2 “Core” and Elite Series 2?

Aside from the different colorway, the Core version comes with fewer accessories.

📌 What’s the difference between the Razer Wolverine Ultimate and Tournament Edition?

The Razer Wolverine Ultimate has two more extra buttons at the back, interchangeable thumbsticks and dpad, along with a media module at the bottom of the controller.

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Carlo Salvador

Senior Editor at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about fitness, gaming and music.