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I Like One Of Xbox's Two New Controller Colors

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Look at this beautiful piece of gaming equipment. Microsoft calls it Phantom Magenta, but we’re calling it “purple.” Not the Atomic Purple of Nintendo fame, but a richer, more mature hue. I want to uncork it and drink deeply from it’s hand oil-caked reservoirs. It’s up for preorder today, along with a white camouflage number that’s not nearly as attractive.

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I don’t get camouflage controllers. I know there are folks out there who love a good blotchy pattern, but I feel like a game controller shouldn’t have to try to hide away. It should be loud and proud and possibly fruit-flavored. The new Arctic Camo special edition controller is none of those things. It is nice, sure, and I do like that one of the colors used to create the camo effect is clear—look closely—but I don’t know. The whole thing feels like early Nickelodeon on a black and white television in my grandmother’s attic.

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I also like a controller that is timely. The Phantom Magenta controller can be preordered now for $70 with a March 17 release date. Arctic Camo is the same price, but doesn’t come out until May.

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I will give Arctic Camo this. Its back is much more interesting than that of Phantom Magenta, though the latter evokes dark cherries, perhaps mixed with a little chocolate.

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But the back isn’t the part of the controller I’ll be kissing. Playing. Pressing. Whatever. Oh, and you can also order special charging stands that match each controller. They are $50 each. That’s dumb.

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Read more about these two things you can use to control video games over at Xbox Wire. And remember, the Xbox Series X will be able to use Xbox controllers, so our love will be eternal.

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