Microsoft reveals new Xbox Wireless Controller edition, Design Lab going offline temporarily

Microsoft is on a roll with Xbox-related announcements today, and it has now announced a handful of new accessories being added to the lineup alongside the launch of the Xbox Series X and S on November 10.

First and foremost, Microsoft introduced a new color variant for the next-generation Xbox Wireless Controller. After the Carbon Black that ships with the Xbox Series X and the Robot White that comes with the Series S, Microsoft has now revealed Shock Blue, a new edition that will be sold separately. It has a blue faceplate in a completely new shade for the company, and that same blue spreads over to the analog sticks and menu buttons. The top portion, where you find the shoulder triggers and buttons, is black, and the back is white.

Additionally, for those that prefer playing on PC, Microsoft is updating its controller bundles to come with the next-generation Xbox Wireless Controller. Whether you're looking to get the controller bundled with the wireless adapter or with a USB Type-C cable, you'll find the Carbon Black version of the controller inside.

If you're not a fan of the new controller using AA batteries, Microsoft is also introducing the Rechargeable Battery + USB Type-C cable bundle, a successor to the Play & Charge Kit with a much more boring name. It serves the same function, but now with a USB Type-C cable instead of micro-USB, and it charges your controller in "under four hours".

Finally, Microsoft revealed that Xbox Design Lab, the tool that lets customers fully customize their Xbox Wireless Controller, is going offline temporarily starting October 14. The service will come back in 2021 with some unspecified updates. If you've been pondering one of the current designs, you'll need to do it before then.

All of the new accessories are shipping November 10, but you can preorder them at the same time as the new Xbox Series S and X, which is to say September 22, at 8AM Pacific Time. The new Xbox Wireless Controller can be had in any of the three existing colors for the same $59.99 price as the current models. The Rechargeable Battery + USB Type-C cable bundle will cost $24.99. The PC-oriented controller bundles - either with the wireless adapter or with a USB Type-C cable - weren't given prices as of yet.

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