Microsoft makes designing your own Xbox controller simple — and affordable — with the Xbox Design Lab. Whether for a gift or for yourself, the Xbox Design Lab is essential to consider when it comes time to purchase a new Xbox controller, and thankfully the program was just rebooted with new Xbox Series X and Series S controllers. Right on Microsoft's website, you can create your own design by choosing the colors and button styles for a controller that will be shipped directly to your home.
The best part about the Design Lab is its cost. While standard Xbox Core Controllers are regularly priced at $59.99 via various retailers, you can create your own Xbox Core Controller for just $69.99 instead and get your hands on a colorway you wouldn't find otherwise. For an additional $10, Microsoft even lets you personalize your controller with a laser engraved message. Plus, each controller from Xbox Design Lab comes with a 6-month warranty which is upgraded from the standard 90 days that new Xbox controllers typically include. Shipping is free within the United States.
The Xbox Design Lab gives you nearly 20 different colors to choose from for your controller's body — and then you get to choose a color for its back, bumpers, triggers, D-pad, and thumbsticks. You could choose to make every part of your controller the same color or make it really unique and choose a different color for every section instead. There are also a few options to choose between for your ABXY button style and colors, as well as for the View, Menu, and Share buttons. The final customization section lets you engrave your controller with up to 16 characters or you can click a button to easily have your gamertag engraved.
It's important to be sure your design is exactly as you want it before placing your order as Microsoft doesn't allow any modifications or cancellations after an Xbox Design Lab order has been placed, nor any returns or refunds after the controller has been delivered. Each order takes about 3 to 4 weeks to be delivered and includes free US shipping with the purchase. Then again, if you're looking for a more affordable way to get your hands on a new Xbox controller today, this guide to the best Xbox controller deals might be of assistance.
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