Could not agree more, on any of this. I got my first Elite controller with the Elite console back in 2016, and I used the 3rd-party console warranty I'd purchased to cover TWO replacements of the controller on account of stick drift (that's 3 controllers in all) - and now the third is showing stick drift AND one of the grips is coming unglued!I registered just so I could post on this topic and potentially save someone a lot of money.
To anyone seriously considering purchasing one of these new "built from the ground up" controllers, do yourself a favor and google the first one. This marketing BS sounds just like the first one and boy did it have issues. In fact, it had so many issues, I can scarcely believe that there wasn't a class action lawsuit. Furthermore, a skimpy warranty made sure MS kept your hard earned money leaving you with nothing more than an expensive paperweight n your hand.
You've been warned.