2017 will see some big changes on the Xbox front. Microsoft will launch Project Scorpio at E3 this year and has plenty in store for the Xbox One. Ahead of the major announcements, the company has launched new Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series game pads.

As the name suggests, this will be a series of Xbox Wireless Controllers. The first has been announced as the Recon Tech Special Edition. Microsoft has taken inspiration from military technology in the creation of this series.

Bree White, Global Product Marketing Manager for Xbox, explained:

“In developing this new controller series, the Xbox team was inspired by military technology and performance patterns, exploring concepts stemming from combat armor and sci-fi mechanical gear. Premium finishes like a laser etched texture on the front, gold accents and insignia are on the front of the controller. The back of the controller features textured diamond rubberized grip for added control and comfort.”

While the new Xbox Wireless Controller looks like it has some new features, it doesn’t. This is purely an aesthetic piece of hardware. Microsoft says the Recon Tech Special Edition will begin shipping worldwide from April 25. The company adds the pad costs $69.99.

The company adds that the new controller will sync nicely with the new Xbox One Copilot feature. This allows two wireless controllers to act as a single game pad. This is some fun that will allow gamers to play together on the same controller.

Xbox Wireless Controller Changes

At E3 2016, Microsoft announced a significant change for the wireless controller. The company introduced Design Lab, which lets gamers customize their controller in the pre-purchase process.

There are numerous design choices available at the official site. Design Lab controllers cost $79.99 and an extra 10 bucks for an engraving.

Earlier in the year, Microsoft also debuted a new red version of the wireless controller.