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Microsoft Improves Xbox Design Lab with New Controller Colors, Grips, and European Availability

The Xbox Design Lab now features a four new body controller and 11 new thumbstick ones, as well as metallic finished, rubber grips, and engravings. The new options were announced at E3 and the maximum delivery period is 14 days.


has released a long-awaited update to its Xbox Design Lab, which lets users create a custom controller to suit their needs. It improves on the already great options through more color, grip, and trigger options.

The new base color options come in the form of Ink and Mineral Blue, as well as Sierra Brown and Desert tan. Each looks great in its own right and offers a more subdued look. There are also 11 new thumbstick colors, including:

  • Glacier Blue
  • Zest Orange
  • Retro Pink
  • Electric Green
  • Robot White
  • Lightning Yellow
  • Ash Gray
  • Ink Blue
  • Mineral Blue
  • Sierra Brown
  • Desert Tan

The new body colors are also available as part of the new metallic finish option. You can pay $3.99 for a metallic shine on your triggers or d-pad, giving a more premium look.

Metallic Triggers and Region Expansion

However, Microsoft has also introduced improvements to the controller itself. For an extra $5.99, you can introduce a rubberized grip to the back, not only feeling better but adding a small amount of grip. The only downside is that the portion has to be black, but it actually adds a bit of flair to the previously smooth, plastic sheen.

You can also get an engraving on the front of your controller for a limited time. It sits just under the d-pad and bottom analog stick, meaning it's clearly visible but doesn't get in the way. This will cost you $9.99 and is only available if you order before the end of July 19.

Finally, and most importantly for some, Design Lab is coming to more regions. Fans in the U.K., France, and Germany will now be able to order, with plans for more European countries this summer.

With the X launch coming up on November 7, now could be a good time to order. Your controller will be delivered within 14 business days and will be completely compatible with all Xbox One and devices.

You can check the new options out for yourself on the Design Lab page.

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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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