During E3 2016, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Design Lab, a program for personalizing controllers. The program lets users personalize their own Xbox One controller by choosing from various color options.
All controllers developed through Design Lab are built on the Xbox One controller version from 2016.
The service was put on hold on October 14, 2020, so that development could concentrate on the then-upcoming Xbox Series X|S. On June 17, 2021, it was announced in the Xbox Games Showcase Extended that the service would return soon. The 2020 Xbox Wireless controller will be used by all Design Lab controllers with the same amount of customizability.
More than a billion different combinations are possible with Design Lab. The controller’s faceplate and buttons may be customized in at least 19 colors.
Since the service’s launch in 2016, several additional features have been added. The new Camo and Shadow color options on Xbox One controllers allow for engraving customization.
Each component on the controller may be customized with a range of colors and finishes:-
1.7 The buttons
2. The Xbox Design Lab Includes New Colours, Metal Embellishments, and Rubberized Grips
A customized controller that is all yours might be very alluring if you frequently play Xbox games. Fortunately, users can do that thanks to the Xbox Design Lab’s extensive customization options for every part of the Xbox Wireless Controller. Thursday saw the release of new features and settings for the Design Lab from Xbox as well as the return of a few fan favorites from the days before the suite was converted over to the new Xbox Wireless Controller.
Custom Xbox controllers now come with rubberized grips on the back and sides. Additionally, the D-Pad and triggers get new metallic finishes. These features have been brought over from the original Xbox Design Lab and the Xbox One consoles, albeit with minor changes and color alterations.
Xbox Design Lab controllers are affordable at $70 and come in whatever color (apart from metallic finishes) and grip type you choose. If you include all the options, such as custom engraving, an Xbox Design Lab controller may cost more than $100. This controller does have far better grips than the standard Xbox Wireless Controller, similar to the Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition controller.
To the already existing customization choices in Xbox Design Lab, the following ones have been added:
2.1 For increased comfort and control, black rubberized grips are available on both the rear casing and the side grips.
2.2 Abyss Black, Retro Pink, Deep Pink, Oxide Red, Zest Orange, Gold, Electric Volt, Velocity Green, Glacier Blue, Dragonfly Blue, Mineral Blue, Photon Blue, Midnight Blue, Regal Purple, Nocturnal Green and 19 new metallic finish colors for D-Pads and Triggers include Warm Gold and others.
2.3 Three new color schemes for controller components
a. Please welcome Dragonfly Blue.
b. Nocturnal Green, an improvement on Military Green that offers a deeper earth tone.
c. To match the famous Xbox hue, Velocity Green has replaced Electric Green.
2.4 Controllers begin at $69.99 USD, and prices for further choices may change. Within 3 to 4 weeks after making your purchase, you will get your custom-made controller. In addition to the newly added features, you may change the controller’s body, back cover, D-pad, bumpers, triggers, thumbsticks, ABXY buttons, and View Menu Share buttons. Along with laser engraving, you may add a unique 16-character inscription. Visit www.xboxdesignlab.com to explore the Xbox Design Lab in its entirety. We are eager to witness every one of your amazing Xbox Controller inventions!
3. Later This Year, Xbox Design Lab Will Allow Customization Options for Xbox Elite 2 Controllers
Microsoft will release its Xbox Elite 2 controllers to the Xbox Design Lab later this year. Similar to the current Xbox Series S and X controllers, the Xbox Elite 2 will be offered in several distinctive colors.
The Elite Series’ design philosophy has always been centered on player preference. We will be including Elite Wireless Series 2 Controllers in Xbox Design Lab later this holiday season, says Daniel Ruiz, senior marketing manager for Xbox accessories. We’ll have more information to provide at a later time.
Design Lab officially announced the release of Xbox Elite 2 controllers after Microsoft unveiled a less costly Xbox Elite 2 Core controller. Despite costing $129.99, the Core model does not have the usual replacement parts. These must be bought individually.
Microsoft hasn’t yet made all the colors for the Xbox Elite 2 controllers publicly available. However, color options like reveals purple, pink, white, red, blue, orange, and green are also available. Given that the Core model already has a new white color option, it’s easy to imagine this becoming the default Xbox Design Lab selection (without the interchangeable components).
Microsoft recently updated the Design Lab earlier this year when new Camo Top cases with coordinating side caps and new pastel tints in soft pink, orange, green, and purple were added. The Xbox Design Lab also has metallic coatings and rubberized grips, and it lets users customize practically every feature of an Xbox controller.
4. The Xbox Design Lab Is Getting Even Trendier!
Today’s announcements include several forthcoming improvements to Xbox’s hardware and services. In addition to updates for cloud gaming and new operating systems that the Xbox app would support, it was revealed that Xbox would increase the variety of customization choices available in its Design Lab shop.
The following designs of new Camo Top cases with matching side caps are available: Mineral Camo, Arctic Camo, Forest Camo, Sandglow Camo, and Blaze Camo. These new pastels are soft pink, orange, green, and purple. These hues expand Xbox’s wide-ranging selection of customization options, including rubberized grips and metallic finishes.
Players may completely personalize their Xbox controllers by applying unique colors and themes to each component using the Xbox Design Lab. You may even add printed text on the controller’s faceplate for an extra $10 if you’d like. Even while the Design Lab doesn’t provide all the customizing options you can get from other manufacturers; each controller only costs $69.99, major savings over other bespoke controllers like the SCUF Instinct, which costs $189.98. However, it’s unclear whether these more options will increase costs.
Along with these additional possibilities to design a unique controller, Xbox Design Lab will launch in 11 more countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Slovakia, and Switzerland. Later in the summer, Taiwan will also get access to Design Lab.