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I Love Designing My Own Controllers

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A couple of weeks ago, my go-to Xbox One controller got into an altercation with a 470-pound electric wheelchair and lost. After spending hours browsing online stores for the perfect pre-built replacement, I decided to return to Microsoft’s Xbox Design Lab and make my own. It’s blue, pink, and yellow and uniquely mine. I love that.


Even if someone else goes through the Design Lab process and comes out the other end with the exact same combination of front, back, sticks, buttons, and triggers as I did, my experience was unique. The design went through many different iterations. The face was pink. The face was yellow. The triggers had a metallic finish. I pondered black buttons with four color X, Y, A, and B buttons. After about an hour of fiddling, my baby controller was born.

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My custom cost me $66, $15 more than I would have spent on the pre-made, semi-translucent “Phantom White” model I was looking at on Amazon. As far as I am concerned, it’s a small price to pay for the unique experience, and I adore the end result.

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While Nintendo and Sony don’t have similar services, custom Dualshock controllers and Joy-Cons are out there, just a Google search and a few extra dollars away. Something to think about next time you accidentally run over your gamepad with a massive wheelchair.

Kotaku elder, lover of video games, keyboards, toys, snacks, and other unsavory things.

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If Sony/Nintendo did something like this they’d have my money in a heartbeat. I’d love something like this, but I’ve yet to use a 3rd party controller for either system that tops the in-house ones. The only one in recent memory that raised my eyebrow was that Super Nintendo looking pro-controllery one for the Switch.

I’m of course absolutely welcome to being proven wrong - any 3rd party suggestions that meet or beat the design of the normals?