Xbox Design Lab's Custom Controllers Are Back

Published: June 17, 2021 1:49 PM /


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The Xbox Design Lab has returned, once again allowing gamers to make custom Xbox controllers for their Xbox Series X|S and play some video games in style.

Late last year, Microsoft announced that it would be shutting down the Xbox Design Lab for several months. Microsoft didn't state why it was closing down at the time, but it was likely due to the coming launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles in late 2020. That launch has come and gone, and now you can get yourself some cool new Xbox controllers!


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How the New Xbox Design Lab Lets You Make Cool Custom Controllers

The Xbox Design Lab lets you select from 18 different colors, three of which are new according to today's Xbox Games Showcase Extended stream: Shock Red, Pulse Blue, and Electric Volt according to Xbox's Director of Product Marketing Navin Kumar. Most of these colors have post-consumer recycled resins in them such as car headlights and recycled water jugs.

There are some new options for the buttons, too, such as a throwback to the A/B/X/Y buttons. These colorful controllers are also getting some themed editions, one of which is based in Psychonauts 2 along with a custom Xbox controller based on Grounded.


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One thing to keep in mind, however, is that some options will increase the cost of your custom Xbox controller. Getting a custom engraving, for example, adds $9.99 to the cost.

If you're wondering when you can actually get your own controller, there's good news: the Xbox Design Lab is open right now! Controllers are being shipped to the US, Canada, and most Western European countries.


What do you think of the return of Xbox Design Lab? What does your ideal custom Xbox controller look like? Let us know in the comments below!



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