One of the best things announced at Microsoft’s E3 conference last year was the Xbox Design Lab that allowed fans to design and customize their own controllers. This year they took it one step further and announced new colors, metallic finishes, and rubberized grips. I, in turn, put my artist hat on and made my own controller and within a few days it showed up at my house ready to use.
Isn’t it sexy!? DOES IT MAKE YOU #BROCKHARD?!
The Xbox Design Lab has made the process of designing a controller incredibly easy. Prices start at $99 CDN and allow for over 1 billion combinations. The weirder and wilder you get, the better chance you have of designing a controller no one else out there has. It’s really hard to make an ugly one, no matter how hard I tried.
It costs nothing to play around with the designs and I encourage you to check it out, even if you don’t plan on buying. You can always save your designs and it’s fun to view a 3D 360 model of your creations. Every part of the controller is customizable starting with the Body. You then choose the Back, Bumpers, Triggers, D-Pad, Thumbsticks, and ABXY buttons.
I designed mine after the colors of this very website.
The four new controller colors are – Mineral Blue, Desert Tan, Ink Blue, and Sierra Brown. There are now 19 body colors to choose from. There have also been 11 new thumbstick colors added. You can also add a metallic finish to the directional pads like I did which looks really nice. I also added black rubberized grips. This is the only thing I’m not sold on yet. They feel a little stiff in my hands, but hopefully, I just have to wear them in.
At the end, you have also a chance to engrave your Gamertag or a cute love note on the bottom of the controller. has anyone engraved “Will You Marry Me” yet? OR, “I want a divorce”.
Here’s what it looked like in the design process:
I must say it looks even better in person:
The metallic bits, rubber grips, and engravings all cost a little extra. My total with shipping ended up being $122.95 CDN. More than a regular controller but less than an Elite.
To have a custom controller with my name on it the service was definitely worth it. I wish PlayStation and Nintendo did the same thing with their devices and controllers. I’m curious to see how Microsoft evolves the design lab going forward. Perhaps we will see customizable consoles or a customizable Elite controller.
I think next time I should design a Cuphead inspired controller.
The whole experience of ordering and designing the controller exceeded my expectations. Everything ran as smooth as butter and the finished product looks amazing. This is an easy 5 out of 5 Brockstars.
Check it out for yourself – Xbox Design Lab and Happy Gaming my friends.
Review Disclaimer: This review was carried out using a product voucher provided by the Microsoft’s PR team.