Xbox Design Labs arrives in the UK

Katharine Byrne
Xbox Design Labs arrives in the UK

Microsoft's customisable controller service, Xbox Design Labs, has finally arrived in the UK, the platform holder announced on Twitter today.

The service, which lets users choose the colour of individual components to create their own bespoke controller, originally launched in the US last year, with pre-orders opening in June and the first wave of controllers shipping August.

Naturally, Design Lab controllers are more expensive than their regular counterparts, with the base version costing 69.99, but with over eight million possible colour combinations, plus the option to add rubberised grips, metallic triggers, a metallic d-pad and a free laser engraving, the sky really is the limit for those looking to personalise their Xbox experience without paying through the roof for an Elite Controller.

As you'd expect, Xbox Design Lab controllers come with all the latest tech inside them, including a 40ft range with the Xbox One S, and Bluetooth support for wireless gaming on Windows 10 devices. You can also remap buttons through the Xbox Accessories app, and it's compatible with the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit, Chat Headset, Stereo Headset and Chatpad to name just a few additional accessories. It also comes with a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, and two AA batteries in the box.

Until now, UK Xbox owners have had to make do with Microsoft's various special editions of the Xbox One controller if they wanted something a little different to the standard black and white versions, including theOcean Shadow Special Edition and the Winter Forces Special Edition, which cost 59.99 each. Red and Orange/Green combos are also available for 49.99.

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