The Xbox Design Lab, Microsoft’s official custom controller creation service, has finally reopened. The re-launch of the site brings a host of new color options, including the stunning Pride livery and availability in 11 more countries.
The Xbox Design Lab allows gamers to design, customize and order their own Xbox Series X|S controller. Options include a variety of color schemes that can be applied to the controller face, triggers, buttons and sticks, as well as premium extras like engravings, rubberized grips and metallic finishes.
Custom controls made through the Xbox Design Lab start at $69.99 / £59.99 / AU$99.95. However, that price goes up depending on how many extras you put into your design. You can try out the customization for yourself at Xbox Design Lab website (opens in new tab)with live previews showing exactly what your final product will look like (thanks, Windows Central (opens in new tab)).
What’s New at Xbox Design Lab?
A bunch of new color options have been added for the return of the Xbox Design Lab. Not only can you opt for the sweet Pride controller decor announced earlier this month, but a variety of new camo and pastel colors as well.
While it might seem a little cheeky of Microsoft charging more for Pride paint, the tech giant has announced that it will donate up to $170,000. (opens in new tab) for non-profit LGBT organizations around the world.
Additionally, the service launched in 11 more countries, with support in Taiwan also arriving later in the year. The countries where the Xbox Design Lab is recently available are:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- South Korea
The Xbox Design Lab, while more expensive than just buying a standard Xbox wireless controller, remains a fantastic service if you’re really interested in owning a controller tailored to your liking. The range of color choices is better than ever, making the service a great choice if you’re looking for a new controller for yourself or as a gift.
It’s also a more affordable option if you want a fancier controller but can’t afford premium pads like the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 or great third-party pads like the Scuf Instinct. You won’t get advanced features found in controllers like these, like customizable rear paddles, but you’ll likely get more bang for your buck if you’re more interested in the aesthetics of your accessories.