Microsoft has revealed two new Xbox One controller designs at Gamescom 2019, in the Inside Xbox stream. The reveals were two of several announcements made by Microsoft at the event, as the company also confirmed new games coming to Xbox Game Pass and showed new trailers for games like Metro Exodus and its DLC.
Starting from September 17, 2019, players will be able to pick up the Xbox Wireless Controller in the Night Ops Camo Special Edition and Sport Blue Special Edition colors and will cost $69.99 each. The Night Ops Camo controller has a "rugged" gray, gold, and black camo design, with black face buttons and a gold D-pad. The Sport Blue controller, meanwhile, is made up of several shades of blue. The front of the controller has a triangle design, and then there's a dark blue right on the back of the controller with light blue rubberized grips. The D-pad on the controller is also a metallic blue color. There are also Night Ops Camo and Sport Blue charging stands which cost $49.99 each.
Microsoft has offered other camo and sport colors. There's the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Limited Edition controller with a digital camo design and there are also Sport White and Sport Red colors. However, the company teases that there may be many more camo and sport colors on the way, saying that the new hardware is part of a "new series of controllers."
The Xbox creator isn't the only one that's been releasing new colors of controllers. Last week, Sony unveiled two new PS4 controllers, such as the Electric Purple which has been nicknamed the Thanos Controller and Titanium Blue. With games console controllers being so expensive, the two companies will be hoping to make money from gamers who care about their style or who really enjoy playing couch multiplayer games.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that the team would like to make Xbox One controllers compatible with Xbox Project Scarlett, the next generation Xbox console. Spencer said that "we want to respect the compatibility of the controllers that you already have," though this is a new point of view for the company.
As well as controllers that Microsoft has designed, like Night Ops Camo and Sport Blue hardware, there are also personalized controllers from the Xbox Design Lab. Xbox Project Scarlett is expected to release in holiday 2020 which is just over a year away. Many would be disappointed if they were unable to use these with any other console, but it seems like Microsoft plans to address this.