Xbox Design Lab Debuts Customizable Controllers

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Microsoft's E3 2016 presentation reveals a brand new service being offered exclusively to Xbox One gamers - one that fans have been dreaming of for years.

In what was a hectic, frenetic Microsoft E3 2016 presentation, gamers became privy to what they can expect from the Xbox One for the upcoming year. Some of the biggest announcements predictably centered around the surprise return of some old titles like Halo Wars and the gameplay debuts of We Happy Few and Scalebound, it wasn't entirely about the new video games in the pipeline for the rest of 2016.

In fact, a lot of Microsoft's E3 2016 presentation was actually about improvements being made to the Xbox One itself. The show opened with the exciting confirmation that the Xbox One S, a slimmer, improved, and most importantly cheaper version of the Xbox One, and Microsoft followed that with another fun announcement - gamers will now be able to order custom-made Xbox One controllers directly from Microsoft.


The controller customization service for Xbox One wireless controllers will be spearheaded by the Xbox Design Lab, and will allow gamers to build a new controller from scratch or customize an existing design online. The trailer showed off a mind-boggling number of color choices, so if gamers really want to, they can certainly ensure the look of their controller is a unique take on one of the most important pieces of any console fan's arsenal. Those who want to lay claim to their custom controller for all time are also in luck, as Microsoft announced the Xbox Design Lab can do laser engraving for an even more personalized touch.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of another Xbox One improvement, as Microsoft announced at E3 that Xbox Live would get several new features that gamers have requested for years now. Given the news that Project Scorpio is real and coming next year, it will be interesting to see whether or not the console will feature an entirely new controller design, or if the Xbox One controllers will be fully compatible so that new investments made into the Xbox One controller customization service aren't wasted.

The implementation of a controller customization service from Microsoft might seem superfluous, but in reality the idea of customized controllers is something many gamers can trace back to their early childhood experiences with siblings and friends. How many times have gamers forced their younger sibling to have the less responsive controller simply because of age superiority? Now custom engravings can ensure that scenario never happens again, and future generations of gamers could very well look back on this day as one of the most important in gaming families' histories.

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