Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Microsoft Brings Back Xbox Design Labs For Custom Xbox Controllers

 Microsoft is reopening the Xbox Design Lab and is selling user-created controllers again. There are a total of 18 colors to choose from which can be used in any combination on the front, back, bumpers, analog sticks, triggers, and d-pad. The face buttons have their own options as well including the new black text on color the ABXY buttons, and black icons on a white background option for the view, menu, and share buttons. There seems to be a staggering amount of choices to make a unique controller.

James Hunter, Senior Director of Strategy and Business at Xbox has a blog post on the reopening of the service, and talks about the use of this new kind of plastic in the controllers. “Most of our color options are made with plastics containing 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials by weight. These color options will reduce the amount of waste plastic that ends up in landfills and ensure we are all doing our part to take care of the planet,” says Hunter. This may not be the only change coming to this product; Hunter continues, “Our team is hard at work developing new processes, testing new materials, and innovating so that we can continue to evolve the Xbox Design Lab experience.” Ordering one of these controllers will run $69.99, while an optional laser engraving will be an additional $9.99. 

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