Last night, the right stick on my newest (!) Xbox One controller began drifting up on its own. This is the third controller I've had this issue on. The first was on my Day One controller (show your support for the Xbox brand with this special Day One branded controller that no one will ever see, because it doesn't work!). I then suffered right stick drift on the replacement controller, so I replaced that. Now the replacement of my replacement has stick drift, again on the right stick.
This is clearly a major issue. 75% of the controllers I've owned have broken in less than six months. This latest replacement stopped working in 63 days. I say broken, because the sole purpose of a controller is to serve as an interface between the player and the console, transmitting player inputs to the console. When the inputs the controller sends to the console aren't the player's, it is not working. It is broken. Period.
Phil Spencer needs to address this. I respect what he's done for the brand and the platform to date, but I find his silence on this issue...odd. This forum is packed with an embarrassing number of threads discussing controller issues. This is epidemic. Which brings me to my point...
On October 27th, I'll have the opportunity to buy the Elite Controller. It looks fantastic and I like the features it offers, but right now, I can't help but see it as a $170 liability.
Convince me I'm wrong.