Microsoft launches new Xbox One controllers and Windows 10 adaptor

If you were in the market for a new controller for your PC or Xbox One, Microsoft has some new controllers on the block, as well as a revamped wireless adaptor. There’s nothing new about the controllers themselves, only that they’ve had some really neat custom skins applied to them. The new colour options are called Green/Grey, Patrol Tech Special Edition, and Volcano Shadow Special Edition. Hit the jump for more.

Without the Microsoft Design Labs being available locally, this is the only way that gamers in South Africa can get their hands on a stylised controller that doesn’t look like the regular black or white designs. Like every other custom edition, these will go on sale for a higher price than the standard controller. The Green/Grey controller will retail for $64.99 (approx. R860), and the Patrol Tech and Volcano Shadow Special Editions will be $69.99 each (approx. R930). The Green/Grey and Volcano Shadow controllers will be shipping to retailers worldwide on 3 August 2017, while the Patrol Tech controller is delayed until 5 September 2017.

The separately available Windows 10 adaptor is much slimmer this time around, and more easily plugs into different systems with a crowded USB hub. Instead of having the logo light up confusingly when the older adaptor was paired, the new one has a LED indicator light that will change colour depending on the mode. The new adaptor supports the slightly tweaked wireless ranges that the new controllers operate on, so you’ll get a little bit more distance between you and the adaptor if you want to hook up your PC to the TV in the living room. The audio quality should be a little bit better as well because the new chips have more bandwidth to work with.

The adaptor itself is $24.99 in the U.S., and the older version locally sells for R400 or so. Add that price on top of the controller (around R900) and a play and charge kit (R350), and you can see how quickly this hobby becomes super expensive. By contrast, Sony’s DualShock 4 controller only needs a Bluetooth 4.0 adaptor to work with any PC, which ends up saving you about R400. It’s not as sleek as Microsoft’s integration with games, though, so you might want to get an Xbox One controller regardless because they are excellent peripherals.