The Xbox Controller Design Lab is back.

After going offline just over a year ago, Microsoft has finally reopened their very popular controller customization service. Microsoft had originally closed the service to focus on the launch of the Xbox Series X/S, but now the option to customize controllers is back.

For the price of $69.99 USD Design Lab allows you to customize eight sections of the controller: the main body, the back, the bumpers, triggers, D-pad, thumbsticks, the ABXY buttons, and the menu buttons. A total of 18 colors are currently available resulting in various possibilities in color scheme.

The Design Lab also has an additional option to add a laser engraving for $9.99 USD. This is limited to 16 characters, and the final engraving sits just between and slightly below the D-pad and right thumbstick.

While the current customizable controller is Microsoft’s latest standard Xbox Controller, the superior Xbox Elite controller is notably absent for any customization options. Though, Microsoft has stated “we are listening and we hear your feedback” in the site’s FAQ.

New to the relaunch, Microsoft has made these controllers more environmentally friendly:

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. We believe this work is critical and will continue to increase the amount of PCR that we use in our products.

*Plastic resin is composed of up 30% post-consumer plastic content by weight and derived from recycled automotive headlight covers, water jugs and CDs. Four of our eighteen resin colors do not include PCR plastic materials: Robot White, Pulse Red, Zest Orange, and Regal Purple.

The Xbox Design Lab can be found here.

Stephanie Gerk
A hermit who enjoys video games, comics, and everything science fiction.

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