The Xbox Design Lab is back: still with these limits?

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I’ve designed a custom Xbox controller before – back when they first released the program into the wild. Now things are a little better, but still not as crazy and crazy as I would like. To Microsoft’s credit, they don’t completely go “MySpace Design Without Limits” with official color options, but they don’t limit users to predefined color combinations either.

There were fewer options when using Xbox Design Lab when it was first released to the public. A controller I designed was almost monotonous. The only disappointment was that I could go almost the entire distance – but Microsoft stopped before they had full options on all items. The ABXY and View, Menu and Share buttons remain slightly more limited than the rest of the controller.

Back at launch in 2016, Xbox Design Lab had 15 color options for the main body of the controller. Here in 2021, for the Xbox One X controller, Xbox Design Lab offers 18 color options. It would seem that here more than the original there is an all in one color option as we wanted in the first place. Not all inclusive yet, but close.

With the original launch, we had 15 colors for the front, rear, d-pad and top trigger / button assembly. Joysticks only have 7 color options: Midnight Blue, Deep Black, Oxide Red, Royal Purple, Military Green, Photon Blue, Storm Gray, and Deep Pink. Because Deep Pink was the most attractive color available for most items, I chose Deep Pink.

A new “Black on Colors” option has been added to the ABXY mix of options, much like what we have seen in old-fashioned controllers from previous generations. Also added: a new “Black on White” option for the View, Menu and Share buttons. Before, there were only the other four options – gray on white was the only white option before now.

We still have the hope that Microsoft will come to its senses and offer the full spectrum in the still limited buttons. That, or get particularly weird with that and allow these buttons to be fully transparent. Can you imagine

You can now get an Xbox Design Lab controller from Microsoft for around $ 70 USD. Unless you want an engraving on said controller – at this point it will cost over $ 80 USD.

ALSO NOTE: If you go back to a buying guide I wrote in October 2016, the “best” controller line remains largely the same. Except the PDP line, which I’m not quite sure how good it will be here in 2021, the rest of the suggestions now have newer versions made by Microsoft and Razer that are at least as good, if not much better, than their predecessors. . Take a look at this review of the 4 best Xbox One controllers to see why the Elite controller is still probably your best option if you only want black or white.


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