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Blue Xbox Series X controller revealed, coming at launch

Also, the Xbox Design Lab is going on hiatus

Xbox Series X Shock Blue controller variant Image: Microsoft
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On Monday — just hours after it revealed its purchase of Bethesda and a day before Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pre-orders officially go live — Microsoft unveiled its line of controllers and accessories for the next-gen Xbox.

On Nov. 10, Microsoft will release the new Xbox Wireless Controller in Carbon Black (to match Xbox Series X) and Robot White (to match Xbox Series S). Microsoft will also sell a new variant, Shock Blue, seen in the image above. Those controllers will run players $59.99 each, the same price as Xbox One controllers.

Microsoft will also offer a PC controller bundle that includes the Xbox Wireless Controller in Carbon Black and either the Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 or USB-C Cable, depending on the bundle you choose. The controllers also have built-in Bluetooth, if your PC supports that.

The Xbox Wireless Controller is slightly different from the Xbox One controllers players are familiar with. It includes a hybrid D-pad and some textured grip on the back. It also offers a Share button, similar to Sony’s DualShock 4 controller. The new Xbox Wireless Controllers work on the Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, and mobile devices that support controllers.

As always, Microsoft will sell a rechargeable solution — the Xbox Rechargeable Battery and USB-C Cable bundle — which removes the need for AA batteries. The “play-and-charge” successor will run players $24.99.

Microsoft also revealed that the Xbox Design Lab — an online store where players can build and customize their own Xbox controllers — will go on hiatus starting Oct. 14. Players can order personalized Xbox One controllers up until Oct. 13. Microsoft will then take the service offline to update it for the Xbox Series X and Series S generation. The Xbox Design Lab will return sometime in 2021.

Players can pre-order the different controller variations and the Xbox rechargeable battery bundle starting Sept. 22. They will launch alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S on Nov. 10.