Now you can customize your Xbox controller in a more fun and colorful way

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Xbox Design Lab works much like the now defunct Nike iD program, in that it allows users to customize their own controller, choosing between a range of colors, add-ons, and other finishes. Design Lab was first introduced in 2016, but took a year-long hiatus last October, so Xbox could focus on rolling out the X Series and a new wireless controller. The program was relaunched this summer and today a number of new options have been announcement.

So how exactly does the Design Lab work? Fans can customize the color of virtually any external part of their controllers, including body, back box, D-pad, bumpers, triggers, joysticks, ABXY, display buttons, menu and sharing. Laser engravings for messages up to 16 characters are also available. With this level of customization, users can tell a story or simply recreate a colourway they’ve never been able to get their hands on.

The additional options that have been announced, in addition to the existing choices, are:

  • Black rubberized grips available on both the rear case and side grips for added comfort and control
  • 19 new metallic finish colors for D-Pads and Triggers including: Sterling Silver, Pewter Silver, Bronze Silver, Abyss Black, Retro Pink, Deep Pink, Oxide Red, Zest Orange, Gold, Electric Volt, Velocity Green, Blue glacier, dragonfly blue, mineral blue, photon blue, midnight blue, royal purple, night green and warm gold
  • 3 new color options for controller parts: Dragonfly Blue, Nocturnal Green and Velocity Green
  • New controller models “Inspired by” from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Battlefield 2042, Forza Horizon 5, and Republic of the Horsemen

On command- Custom controllers made through Design Lab start at $ 69.99 and scale with additional options. After orders are placed, the controller is built and then delivered within 3-4 weeks.

While the added customization signals a concerted effort towards increased customization in the play space, Contributions Alejandro Medallin always pleads for simplicity. Either way, it’s nice to own something that can’t be duplicated.


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