Xbox Twentieth Anniversary Controller Is Bad At Being Nostalgic


A picture of Microsoft's 20th Anniversary Xbox Wireless Controller, which has translucent black plastic in front and neon green hand grips.

Black is the new green.
Photo: Microsoft

Announced today via Xbox Wire along with a fancy headset, controller charger, and some celebratory clothing, the 20th Anniversary Special Edition controller is a fresh spin on the translucent green of the original Xbox Debug kit. Not sure if a completely different color counts as a fresh spin, but its not a bad-looking controller.

Harking back to the days when everything Xbox was black and green, the 20th Anniversary Special Edition controller has a smokey translucent front, giving us a glimpse of whats going on inside its plastic housing, right down to those sexy, sexy rumble motors. At the top of the controller is a home button sporting a bright green X. Beneath the buttons on the right is a 20th-anniversary logo. Also note that the green around the directional pad is also a special feature of the controller and not just normal circuit board color. Also, the grips are green.

Again, its no longer unattractive. Its simply extraordinary that Microsoft would attempt to evoke reminiscences of a translucent inexperienced debug device with a controller that isn’t translucent inexperienced. I might have killed for a controller that gave the impression of this:

A photo of the translucent green original Xbox debug kit in all its glory.

The Twentieth Anniversary Special Edition controller is going on sale on November 15 for $70. As an additional added bonus, connecting the controller to any Xbox Series X or S console unlocks a distinct Twentieth-anniversary dynamic background. You may, for those who had been so vulnerable, pick out this sort of up for the vacations after which trip for your Xbox Series-owning buddies properties and provides the reward of a sparkling inexperienced background.

Microsoft's 20th anniversary dynamic theme for the Xbox Series X/S, with green static and a giant 20 on a black background.

Quick, someone add a 4 to the front.
Image: Microsoft

Also to be had on November 15 is the $70 Twentieth Anniversary Xbox Stereo Headset. It stocks the similar translucent black-and-green motif because the controller. Together the 2 peripherals do a doubly unhealthy activity of evoking the transparent inexperienced debug console.

A photo of Microsoft's 20th Anniversary Xbox Wired Headset, with green accents and translucent black ear cups.

Or you could just use any old headset you have lying about.
Photo: Microsoft

In remaining, black isn’t a contemporary spin on inexperienced. Thank you.

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