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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.

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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.

Illustration for article titled I Love Designing My Own Controllers
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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.

Illustration for article titled I Love Designing My Own Controllers

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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DISCUSSION

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?