A custom Xbox One controller certainly stands out and what you may not know is that it's really easy to build one yourself.
One of the most immediately obvious customizations is a new shell, and with some fairly cheap parts and tools and about 15 minutes of your time, you can transform the look of your controller.
Here's everything you need to know.
What you need
- Custom shell or faceplate (about $15) (opens in new tab)
- Plastic pry tool (about $5) (opens in new tab)
- Torx T8 screwdriver (about $5) (opens in new tab)
It's handy to keep the tools mentioned above around as for any work you'll undertake on a controller you'll need them. Better still, you can snag a decent tool kit with both in and more besides for around $10.
When it comes to getting a new shell, there are plenty out there to choose from. In some cases you'll perhaps just want a new faceplate, others may want a completely new housing which also includes the backplate, battery cover, and grips. Whichever specific bits you're replacing, taking apart your controller and installing them is the same.
How to add a custom shell to your Xbox One controller
Note that this guide refers specifically to the standard Bluetooth Xbox One controller that comes included with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
- Remove the battery door.
- Remove the batteries from the controller.
- Use the plastic pry tool to detach the rear grips from the controller body. (Once you've separated them, pull firmly to remove them from the body.)
- You now have five screws to remove as shown in the image with the T8 screwdriver. (The fifth is located beneath the battery label so you'll have to pierce it or remove it entirely.)
- Pull the backplate away from the controller body.
- Flip the controller around and pull the faceplate away from the controller body.
- Follow the steps above in reverse to reassemble, adding your new shell in place of the old parts.
Now, you'll have a completely transformed controller that not only looks great, but didn't cost a lot, either.
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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