Xbox Design Lab returns with no support for South Africa

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Xbox Design Lab, which allows users to make custom Xbox controllers and have then made up by Microsoft, has been offline since October as the company switched over to the new generation of consoles. Now the service is back but much of the world is not invited. 

The USA, Canada and “most Western European Countries” now have access to Design Lab to create custom versions of the latest Xbox controllers. The value and service here is quite impressive with orders delivered within 14 days and a price of $69.99, with an optional $9.99 on top of that if the 16 character laser engraving is chosen. 

As a reminder the new Xbox Wireless Controllers already cost $60 a pop, so an extra $9.99 for a custom colour scheme is a bargain. Third party individuals and companies have offered services like this before but here you get it straight from Microsoft with a warranty, so the price really isn’t to be scoffed at. $9.99 for engraving is also cheap as anyone who has done it privately will tell you. 

The price here is even better when you consider that slight variations on colour, such as the Pulse Red controller, sell for $64.99.

So the price is right, but what is on offer? 

“Fans can color-customize nearly all the external parts of the controller including the body, back case, D-pad, bumpers, triggers, thumbsticks, ABXY, View, Menu and Share buttons,” reads the announcement

18 different colours on offer for those components with black and white lettering options available for the symbols on the buttons. 

If all of this wasn’t good enough more options are promised to be introduced in the future including new materials. 

If we sound a bit bitter it’s because we are. We’ve been hoping that Design lab would be made available in more locations when it returned for this generation of consoles and it hasn’t. 

Oh well. Here’s a cool trailer showing off some of the options available to those in more catered to countries. 

Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of htxt.africa.

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