Xbox Series X | S owners can now create their own Elite Series 2 controller in the Xbox Design Lab.
As a top-of-the-line Xbox Series X | S pad, the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller is highly coveted for its superb build quality, interchangeable modules, and customizable rear paddles. But so far it was only available in black or white.
However, as of today, the Xbox Elite Series 2 has appeared in the Xbox Design Lab. Microsoft’s site for building custom controllers lets you trick your own pad with alternative color schemes for shell, triggers, analog sticks, and more. You can even add an engraver for a small fee.
The base price for the Custom Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller is $ 149.99 / £ 124.99 / $ 219.95, placing it between the original model’s prices and the cheaper White Edition core. Like the latter, the Xbox Design Lab Elite Series 2 sells its add-ons (such as the case and rear paddles) separately.
So if you want the full Elite package, expect to pay a bit more. As a bonus, selecting all accessories will drop the price to $ 209.99 / £ 179.99 / $ 279.95. And yes, you can change the color of these flaps and the Xbox logo on the case.
Xbox Design Lab just gets better
The Xbox Elite 2 controllers are now available from the Xbox Design Lab. You can customize everything with the colors and even the paddles and the Xbox logo on the case. Full details here: pic.twitter.com/f5VbXMlrauOctober 18, 2022
Microsoft has previously teased the appearance of the Elite Series 2 in the Xbox Design Lab. But honestly it came a little earlier than expected. Its addition means the Xbox Design Lab is much more reliable in the options it offers to those looking for a more customized controller.
However, I would like to see some improvements. There aren’t as many color options in the Xbox Design Lab for Elite Series 2 as there are with the standard Xbox Wireless Controller. You also can’t camouflage this basic pad or the Pride patterns, which is a shame if that’s what you’re looking for. Still, it’s great that there’s an option to personalize the Elite Series 2 at all.
Even though the two main Xbox Series X | S controllers are now included in the Xbox Design Lab, I think the site still has room for development. Finally, I wish the Xbox Adaptive Controller made it to the service, as its plain white appearance means it’s sorely lacking in color options.
I am also pleasantly surprised by the relatively low price of the fully customized Elite Series 2 pad. If you choose to purchase the controller and all its accessories, it will still be cheaper than (or comparable, depending on where you live) the DualSense Edge; whose price was recently disclosed at $ 199.99 / £ 209.99 (around $ 318.95).
So, if you’ve been waiting for the right moment to pick up your Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, adding it to the Xbox Design Lab might be the right time for you. If you like custom designs, that is.