I'm a huge fan of customization, and thankfully, there's a ton of ways you can personalize your Xbox One and Xbox One S using high-quality skins and services.
Microsoft has tons of Limited Edition Xbox One consoles floating around, but a lot of these were either as part of a small promotion or one-off contest. The Gears of War 4 Xbox One S, with its laser cuts and custom sounds, is an example of customization in the extreme when Microsoft has gone all out to make something truly special.
What if you're not a fan of Gears of War, though? What if you want to celebrate a different fandom, such as Star Wars? Thankfully, there are lots of high-quality skins and services on the market for exactly that purpose. Here's a round-up of some of our favorites!
Darth Vader by VanKnight
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is coming, so why not celebrate the return of Darth Vader to the big screen with an epic and detailed Xbox One skin?
VanKnight makes an entire range of high-quality Xbox One vinyl skins which have great reviews on Amazon. They're not only easy to place, but crucially they are easy to remove if you get bored! The decal includes a console skin, plus skins for Kinect and two Xbox controllers, cut to precision with easy instructions.
Game of Thrones by VanKnight
Winter is coming, so here's another VanKnight skin, this time for the Xbox One S!
The standard white Xbox One S doesn't always lend itself particularly well to dark or bright colored backgrounds, as skinning the ventilation grill would be a tricky affair. Thankfully, this wintry Game of Thrones skin works quite well with the white Xbox One S, both vertically and horizontally.
My Neighbor Totoro by VanKnight
Here's a skin for the Studio Ghibli fans out there!
My Neighbor Totoro is a critically acclaimed anime movie from the late 80s that helped solidify the studio's place in animation legend. If you're a fan of My Neighbor Totoro or other Studio Ghibli films such as Spirited Away, this skin is the perfect way to celebrate the studio's achievements!
VanKnight has an entire range of custom Xbox One console and controller skins, for all sorts of sports teams, pop-culture shows and movies, and even games. See their full range using the link below!
Gold by NDAD
If you're not interested in a pop-culture design, perhaps these skins by NDAD are more your style!
This is a console skin ideal for Buckingham Palace. This gold-style Xbox One vinyl is perfect for those who fancy a bit of bling in their life, and would be the perfect companion for the incredibly rare gold Lumia 930. Gaudy or gorgeous? You decide.
Carbon Fiber by NDAD
If gold doesn't take your fancy, perhaps this stylish black carbon fiber design by NDAD will!
Carbon fiber materials are usually found in sporting goods, high-performance vehicles and even in the aerospace industry. The carbon fiber style has been a popular, almost ubiquitous skin choice for various products as a result, including phones, laptops, and now consoles!
Wood by NDAD
Just like carbon fiber, wood-style skins are also an incredibly popular choice!
Of course, this isn't made of real wood, but the style is right on the money. Just like other NDAD products, this is cut to a razor-sharp precision to fit your Xbox One, controllers and Kinect, adding a natural edge to your console's design.
Although NDAD's Xbox selection is far smaller than VanKnight's, the company offers a much different style, focusing on materials and patterns rather than full art prints. See their full range using the link below.
Decal Girl is a leading skinning service for all sorts of products, but they have a huge range of skins for Xbox One. You can even make your own!
Decal Girl has skins for the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and even the Xbox 360 if you're still old-school. You can even pick up skins for your Surface and other modern Windows laptops — all cut to match the exact dimensions of your device.
dBrand is another highly popular skinning service, allowing you to design your own skins for shipping directly on their website.
Just select your console, materials, your chosen finish, colors, and positions, and you'll be good to go.
If you want to go nuclear, you can hit up Colorware for a custom painted Xbox One. Using their online system, you can select the coloring of each section of your console to match your home decor, favorite sports team colors or something else entirely. You can either buy a new Xbox One S directly from them or send in your own to be customized and returned.
Speaking of custom paint jobs, Controller Chaos is an incredible company that is my usual go-to when it comes to buying gifts for friends and family. Controller Chaos allows you to create your own custom designs for Xbox One controllers, but they also have a vast range of other styles and brands on offer, custom painted with meticulous precision. Be sure to check them out.
Xbox Design Lab
Although it's only available in North America, the Xbox Design Lab is an excellent and easy way to get your own custom Xbox One S controller with little fuss. Simply go through the company's 3D wizard, choose your colors, enter your shipping information, and you're all set!
Over to you!
Do you have a customized or limited edition Xbox One console or controller? What sort of custom design would you get? Let us know in the comments!