Xbox Design Lab returns today with custom Xbox Series X|S controllers

Xbox Design Lab
Xbox Design Lab (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has rebooted its Xbox Design Lab custom controller service for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S controllers.
  • The new Xbox Design Lab is now live, with 18 colors available, including three new options, Shock Blue, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt.
  • New Xbox Design Lab controllers start at $70 via the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft has announced that Xbox Design Lab, its custom controller design program, is returning for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S controllers. The company announced plans to revive the service via its Xbox Games Showcase Extended live show on June 17, with new-and-improved inventory now available via the Xbox Design Lab website.

Xbox Design Lab's second iteration now allows buyers to customize the latest Xbox Wireless Controller, shipped alongside Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. The program retains similar customization for the new hardware, including color combinations on a per-piece basis and personalized engravings.

The new Xbox Design Lab has 18 colors to choose from, including three new colors inspired by recent controller releases, dubbed Shock Blue, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt. Microsoft has also launched the program with two pre-made designs, inspired by in-house titles Psychonauts 2 and Grounded.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S debuted alongside a new generation of the Xbox controller last November, featuring a revised silhouette, a new directional pad, a dedicated "Share" button, and other smaller-scale refinements. Microsoft temporarily shut down the Xbox Design Lab program in October, reworking the service around its new peripherals.

Xbox Design Lab controllers for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are now available via the Microsoft Store, starting at $70 in the U.S.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

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  • Am I missing it, or is there no option for rubber grips?
  • No option for the grips. Hopefully it gets added soon.