Xbox Series X|S owners can now create their own Elite Series 2 controller in the Xbox Design Lab.
As the premium pad for the Xbox Series X|S, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is highly coveted for its excellent build quality, swappable modules, and customizable paddles. But until now, it was only available in black or white color schemes.
As of today, though, the Xbox Elite Series 2 has arrived at the Xbox Design Lab. Microsoft’s custom controller creation site lets you create your own pad with alternate color schemes for the shell, triggers, analog controls, and more. You can even add an engraving for a small fee.
The base price for an Xbox Elite Series 2 custom controller is $149.99 / £124.99 / AU$219.95, falling between the prices of the original model and the cheaper Core in White Edition. Like the latter, an Xbox Design Lab Elite Series 2 sells its add-ons (like carrying case and rear paddles) separately.
So if you want the full Elite package, expect to pay a little more. As a bonus, selecting all accessories will bring the price down to $209.99 / £179.99 / AU$279.95. And yes, you can change the color of those rear paddles and the Xbox logo on the carrying case.
Xbox Design Lab gets even better
Xbox Elite 2 controllers are now available from the Xbox Design Lab. You can customize everything with colors and even the paddles and Xbox logo in the carrying case. Full details here: pic.twitter.com/f5VbXMlrauOctober 18, 2022
Microsoft has teased the arrival of the Elite Series 2 at the Xbox Design Lab before. But honestly it arrived a little earlier than I expected. Its addition means that the Xbox Design Lab is much more robust in the options it offers for those looking for a more personalized controller.
There are some improvements I’d like to see, though. There aren’t as many color choices in the Xbox Design Lab for the Elite Series 2 compared to the standard Xbox Wireless Controller. You also can’t apply the camouflage or Pride patterns of that basic pad, which is a shame if you’re looking for that. Still, it’s great that Elite Series 2 customization is here.
While the top two Xbox Series X|S controllers are now accounted for in the Xbox Design Lab, I think the site still has room to grow. I’d love to see the Xbox Adaptive Controller come to the service, as its simple white design means it lacks color options.
I’m also pleasantly surprised at the relatively low price of a fully custom Elite Series 2 pad. If you choose to buy the controller and all its accessories, it will still be cheaper (or comparable, depending on where you live) the DualSense Edge; whose price was recently revealed at $199.99 / £209.99 (about AU$318.95).
So, if you’ve been waiting for the right time to grab the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, then its addition to the Xbox Design Lab might just be the right time for you. If you like custom designs, this is it.