Since the Xbox One's 2013 debut, Microsoft has launched an array of unique and stylish Xbox One controllers, even providing the opportunity to design your own. While the standard issue Xbox One controller gets the job done, designs based on various franchises, patterns and aesthetics make it easy to find one that truly expresses you. We've rounded up every special edition and limited edition controller available for Xbox One so far and where to find them.

Third generation Xbox One controllers

This is the latest revision of the Xbox One controller, which offers several improvements over its predecessor. Among its highlights is Bluetooth connectivity for PCs and a textured grip on the rear. Third generation Xbox One controllers can be identified by their single face plate which surrounds the Xbox button. The design was first introduced with the launch of the Xbox One S in 2016.

Phantom Black

The Phantom Black controller features one of Microsoft's more unique designs, comprised of a blend of black and champagne gold. Its translucent plastic uncovers its internals, while a rugged texture grip keeps your hands firm on the trigger. The Phantom Black Xbox One controller is now available for preorder at $69.99, ahead of an expected September 11, 2018, release.

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Another simple colorway returns with the Gray/Blue design, blending dark gray, light gray, and blue accents into a single controller. This controller once again packs Microsoft's textured back, keeping your grip firm over previous controllers. The Gray/Blue Xbox One controller is now available for preorder at $69.99, ahead of an expected October 9, 2018, release.

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Armed Forces II

Delivering a modern take on a classic design, the Armed Forces II Special Edition revives the same angular lozenge camouflage of its predecessors. This military-inspired aesthetic has been explored multiple times, though this latest revision brings the benefits of the third-generation feature set. The Armed Forces II Special Edition is now available, priced at $64.99.

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Sport White

Bearing similarities to the "Tech" line, this Sport White special edition controller is one of Microsoft's sleekest yet. Its clean white military-inspired design is paired accompanying mint and silver accents, while the rubberized diamond finish helps you maintain grip. The Sport White design is currently available from various retailers, priced at $69.99.

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Combat Tech

Combat Tech is the latest entry in the "Tech" line of Xbox One controllers, featuring a sleek look embracing a dark military green. Featuring the signature diamond grip, icons embossed down the center and matching accents, this controller fully embraces military design.

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Sea of Thieves

The Xbox One's latest game-themed controller takes inspiration from Sea of Thieves – Microsoft's upcoming pirate-themed adventure title. With a sleek nautical design plucked from the depths, the controller stands out as one of the most distinct yet. Among its highlights is a translucent purple casing etched in barnacles, a gold trigger resembling a pirate's tooth and a glow in a dark skull symbol. The Sea of Thieves controller retailed for $74.99 and while stock has depleted, some units still surface online.

Project Scorpio

Microsoft first formally discussed the Xbox One X at E3 2016 under its "Project Scorpio" codename, prior to settling on a formal name for the device. While the codename has since been dropped, the "Project Scorpio Edition" console and controller pays homage with its unique branding. The Project Scorpio Edition controller can be picked up via the Xbox One X bundle and isn't sold separately.

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Minecraft Creeper

This Creeper design is a one of a pair of Minecraft controllers, designed around the game's iconic foe. On the front, you'll find the Creeper's face, reconstructed in a subtle, yet identifiable tile pattern. The A, B, X and Y buttons are represented in a blocky Minecraft front, while a secret explosive surprise lies under the battery pack. Although the controller is available for standalone purchase at $64.99, dedicated fans can also pick up the controller in the Minecraft Xbox One S bundle.

Minecraft Pig

Minecraft fans also have the choice of the limited edition Pig controller, based on everyone's favorite porky friend. Like the Creeper controller, the Minecraft Pig design features the pig face on the front of the controller in a tiled pattern. The A, B, X and Y buttons have also been skinned with a blocky Minecraft font, while the rear is rounded off with a curly tail. The Minecraft Pig controller can be purchased standalone for $64.99.

Volcano Shadow

The Volcano Shadow controller offers a fiery twist to "shadow" line of designs, with a black gradient descending into a metallic orange base. Characterized by its shifting colors, black buttons, and red accents, you won't find a controller hotter than this. The Volcano Shadow is currently available from various retailers, priced at $69.99.

Patrol Tech

Inspired by modern military forces, the Patrol Tech Xbox One controller offers a utilitarian design with a sleek finish. Complementing its dark blue faceplate, the Patrol Tech controller features a rubberized, etched diamond grip and three stacked icons down the center. The Patrol Tech controller is currently priced at $69.99.

Gray / Green

This controller offers a simple yet striking colorway, blending a two-tone gray design with subtle green highlights. While soft gray makes up a majority of the controller, bright green accents lay hidden underneath the two thumbsticks. The Green/Gray Xbox One controller is available for $64.99 in the U.S.

Recon Tech

As the first of the "Tech" line of controllers, Recon Tech established the sharp, modern design used across future entries. Defining aspects of the controller are its warm grey base color, diamond grip etched in gold and three minimalistic icons down the center. This model has been discontinued, however remaining stock is available from some retailers.

Ocean Shadow

The Ocean Shadow controller features a metallic blue merging into a rich black. Complemented by black buttons highlighted with blue accents, the controller offers a simple yet distinct look. This controller is currently priced at $59.99 at most retailers.

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Winter Forces

The Winter Forces Xbox One controller is draped in a lozenge camouflage, comprised of various polygonal shapes. Taking advantage of clean whites and lighter grays, this controller is perfect for any arctic operation. The Winter Forces controller is currently available for $59.99.

Green / Orange

This controller comes in a dark military green, with matching buttons, thumbsticks and triggers. Hidden underneath the thumbsticks are sharp neon orange highlights, contrasting with the main body. This controller retails for $59.99 in the U.S.


For those that want something simple, yet striking, nothing beats the red Xbox One controller. With a vibrant red front and a darker tone on the rear, this controller is a fit alternative to the standard black or white colorways. This controller is available for $54.99.


Like its red alternative, this Xbox One controller comes in a bright blue. On the front, you'll be getting a vibrant flat blue, while the back and accents rock a darker tone. This controller is available for $54.99 across most retailers.

Dawn Shadow

The Dawn Shadow Xbox One controller embraces an eye-catching metallic magenta rising into to matte black finish. Having sold fast at launch and since being discontinued, the remaining stock can be hard to come by.

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Military Green

Coinciding with the launch of Battlefield 1, Electronic Arts' brutal First World War shooter, a special edition Xbox One S bundle hit the market. Packing a unique military green 1TB console, a matching controller and a copy of Battlefield 1, the bundle proved the best way to experience the game on Xbox One. While Microsoft has since discontinued the console, the remaining stock is still circulating among retailers.

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Deep Blue

Shortly after the launch of the Xbox One S, a 500 GB variant of the console was released in "Deep Blue" across select regions. Packaged alongside Battlefield 1, Gears of War or FIFA 17, this was the only way to obtain a "Deep Blue" Xbox One controller.

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Storm Grey

Like the Deep Blue console, a "Storm Grey" variant of the 500 GB console was available in select regions. Included in this bundle was a Storm Grey console, matching all-grey controller and a copy of Battlefield 1 or FIFA 17.

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Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen

The Crimson Omen controller was one part of controller duo, based on Microsoft's Gears of War shooter series. Celebrating the game's fourth main installment, this controller reflected its brutal universe, etched with lasers and painted with a gritty design. This controller is still available today, priced at $64.99.

Gears of War 4 JD Fenix

The second controller in the Gears of War 4 series opted for a grey and blue color scheme based on the game's protagonist, JD Fenix. With a rustic form similarly styled to Fenix's armor, this controller is a must-buy for any Gears fan. This controller is also still available, priced at $64.99.

Second generation Xbox One controllers

The second generation of Xbox One controller delivered a welcome revision of the original design, adding a dedicated 3.5 mm headphone jack next to the proprietary accessory port. This allowed standard 3.5 mm headsets to be used on the device without a Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter. The second generation design was first introduced in June 2015 and retired one year later for the launch of the Xbox One S.

Gears of War 4 Elite

Microsoft raised the bar for special edition peripherals with this Gears of War Elite controller. Etched with lasers, brutal battle scars and several layers of detail, this Gears of War Elite truly captures the aesthetic of the universe itself. As an Elite controller, it features removable joysticks, fully configurable buttons, interchangeable d-pad options and four additional paddles for extra tactical control. However, due to the design of the Elite line, you'll be losing out on Bluetooth connectivity. Don't expect these to come cheap either, with remaining controllers scarce at high price point.

Dusk Shadow

Taking influence from the skies, the Dusk Shadow controller offers a deep metallic blue, slowly descending into a matte black finish. The controller also features black thumbsticks and buttons, with blue highlights on A, B, X and Y. This controller has since been discontinued, although stock remains through select retailers.

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Copper Shadow

In contrast to its Dusk Shadow partner, this controller features a metallic copper and black finish, bound to grab attention. Black thumbsticks and buttons are also included, with stylish copper highlights on A, B, X, and Y. This controller has also been discontinued but lucky buyers may find stock at some retailers.

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Halo 5: Guardians Master Chief

Marking the release of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft released two limited-run controllers, designed around the game's main characters. One of these captures the series' most iconic figure, the Master Chief, with a green and gold design mimicking his unique armor. This controller has been discontinued, however, several retailers still stock the item for a markup.

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Halo 5: Guardians Locke

The second controller within the Halo 5: Guardians line is inspired by Spartan Locke, the Master Chief's main foe throughout the game. Designed to replicate gunmetal plating with blue highlights, the controller fully captures the styling of the character's armor. This controller is also stocked at a variety of retailers, sold at a markup.

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Armed Forces

Covered by lozenge camouflage in an iconic military green, the Armed Forces controller perfectly captures military operations. With a design made of angular polygons, the controller offers a unique blend of sharp, modern geometry and the natural feel of the wilderness.

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Lunar White

The Lunar White Xbox One controller provides one of the best premium designs to date, embracing a space-age aesthetic of white, black and gold. While the matte white finish and black highlights make for a sleek design, the gold directional pad and triggers provide a look out of this world.

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Forza Motorsport 6

Marking the launch of Forza Motorsport 6, 2015's entry to Microsoft's racing franchise, a special edition controller was released. Its dark navy color scheme is layered with dual racing stripes, and two silver triggers on the rear. This controller has since been discontinued, meaning collectors will now pay an above-retail price.

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Covert Forces

Take part in only the most surreptitious operations with the Covert Forces controller, which features a dark camouflage design. This controller takes influence from the original Camouflage controller, however, with a dark gray color scheme. This controller was the first of the second-generation controllers, debuting the 3.5 mm headphone jack for stereo audio and voice chat.

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First generation Xbox One controllers

The first generation Xbox One controller design made its debut with the launch of the console in 2013. While the core functionality of the controller remains, several improvements were seen in future revisions.

Midnight Forces

The Midnight Forces controller offers a nocturnal take on the original camouflage design, embracing blues and blacks in a darker theme. This controller also features black analog sticks and a metallic directional pad.

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Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

Paired with the launch of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, this special edition is the only official Xbox One console based on the world-famous shooter franchise.

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White (Sunset Overdrive)

Paired with the release of Sunset Overdrive, Microsoft released a special edition Xbox One console, offering the first widely-available design since the console's launch. Alongside a white console, a matching controller was also produced, available exclusively through this bundle. Although this console has since been discontinued, the complete package is still available from select resellers.

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Classic camouflage made its arrival on Xbox One with this controller, delivering the first patterned design in the range. With a clean lozenge design, the controller rocks an array of green polygons to keep you hidden from foes. This controller is based on the first revision of the Xbox One controller, however, a similar updated model is available through the "Armed Forces" design.

China Day One

Although the Xbox One first hit store shelves in late 2013, it took almost a year for the console to reach China. After a lengthy console ban, the Xbox One was the country's first official console in 14 years. Commemorating its arrival, a "China Day One" bundle was released, featuring a 500 GB console and a branded controller. This controller is especially hard to find, with most units understandably residing in China.

Titanfall controller

This controller was the first themed special edition Xbox One controller, tying into the release of Respawn's Xbox-exclusive shooter, Titanfall. Designed around the game's near-future technology, the controller embraces a clean white and orange color scheme of the Frontier. Today, the Titanfall controller is hard to find in a new condition.

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Launch Team

Celebrating the efforts of the Xbox One team, a limited-run console was distributed to select Microsoft employees. With "I Made This, Launch Team 2013" printed on the console and controller, few Xbox collectibles are as rare as this. Just don't expect to get one, unless you're willing to drop several hundred dollars.

Day One

Kicking off the launch of Xbox One, the special edition "Day One" edition of the controller was issued. While a similar design to the standard first-generation Xbox One controller, the Day One controller was defined by its "Day One 2013" branding in the center. This controller was only available as a part of the Day One console bundle available on launch day.

Over to you!

What controller are you using? Are there any franchises you would like to see Microsoft develop a special edition controller for? Let us know in the comments.

Updated August 20, 2018: Updated this article with the next upcoming designs.

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