The Xbox Design Lab adds rubberized grips, metal accents, new colors, and more

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What you need to know

  • The Xbox Design Lab is a popular feature that lets players personalize their own Xbox Wireless Controller with dozens of options.
  • When the Design Lab returned with the all-new Xbox Series X|S controller, it lacked some of the customization options it had before.
  • On Thursday, the Xbox Design Lab returned rubberized grips and metallic finishes on the triggers and D-Pad, as well as new color options.
  • This gives players even more options for customizing their controller, and to make it more premium with better grips and more.

If you spend a lot of time gaming on your Xbox, having a personalized controller entirely unique to you can be extremely appealing. Fortunately, the Xbox Design Lab gives players exactly that, with dozens upon dozens of options for customizing every aspect of the Xbox Wireless Controller. On Thursday, Xbox updated the Design Lab with new features and options, including returning some fan favorites that existed before the suite was transitioned to new Xbox Wireless Controller.

Now, the Xbox Design Lab once again includes the ability to customize your controller with upgraded rubberized grips on the sides and the back. There are also new metallic finishes for the triggers and D-Pad. Both of these features return from the days of the original Xbox Design Lab alongside the Xbox One consoles, but there are also some color changes and additions. The new "Dragonfly Blue" is a light and vibrant shade, while "Military Green" and "Electric Green" have been updated to "Nocturnal Green" and "Velocity Green," respectively.

Xbox Design Lab controllers still start at a cool $70, which still lets you go wild with any colors you want (sans the metallic finishes) and basic grips. However, if you add on every feature, including custom engraving, an Xbox Design Lab controller can now approach the $100 mark. Granted, this also features vastly superior grips to the standard Xbox Wireless Controller, much like the Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition controller.

Xbox Design Lab lets you design a unique variant of what's already one of the best Xbox controllers, and is fully compatible with Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Bluetooth-enabled devices like tablets and phones.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.