I’ve designed a custom Xbox controller before – back once they first released the program into the wild. Now, things are slightly better, but still not as wild and crazy as I’d like them to be. To Microsoft’s credit, they’re not going full “MySpace design non-limits” with official color options, but they’re not restricting users to pre-made combinations of colors, either.
The options were fewer once I used Xbox Design Lab back when it had been first made available to the general public. One controller I designed was nearly monotone. the sole bummer was that I could go nearly the complete distance – but Microsoft stopped in need of full options on all elements. The ABXY and consider Menu and Share buttons remain slightly more limited in scope than the remainder of the controller.
Back at launch in 2016, Xbox Design Lab had 15 colour options for the most body of the controller. Here in 2021, for the Xbox One X controller, Xbox Design Lab has 18 colour options. It might seem here, quite the first, there’s an all-one-colour option like we wanted in the first place. Almost all-inclusive yet, but close.
We had 15 colors for the front, back, d-pad, and top trigger/button assembly with the first launch. The joysticks got just seven colour options: Midnight Blue, Abyss Black, Oxide Red, Regal Purple, Military Green, Photon Blue, Storm Grey, and Deep Pink. Because Deep Pink was the foremost appealing colour to be available for many of the weather, I chose Deep Pink.
Added to the combination for ABXY options may be a new “Black on Colors” option, something like what we saw back within the old-school controllers from past generations. Also added: a replacement “Black on White” option for View, Menu, Share buttons. Before, it had been just the opposite four options – Grey on White was the sole White option already.
We’re still holding out hope that Microsoft will come to their senses and deliver the complete spectrum within the still-limited buttons. That, or get particularly weird with it and permit said buttons to be fully transparent. are you able to imagine?
You can get an Xbox Design Lab controller from Microsoft now for around USD 70. Unless you would like an engraving on the said controller – at that time, it’ll cost closer to USD 80.
ALSO NOTE: If you reminisce to a buyers’ guide I wrote in October of 2016, the “best” controller lineup remains largely an equivalent. Save the PDP lineup, which I’m not entirely sure of the standard of here in 2021. The remainder of the suggestions now has newer versions made by Microsoft and Razer that are a minimum of nearly as good, if shortly better, than their predecessors. Take a peek at this Top 4 Best Xbox One Controllers Review to ascertain why the Elite Controller remains likely your best choice if you want black or white.