The Xbox ‘Pride’ Wireless Controller is my new favorite gaming accessory

For Pride Month 2022, Xbox targeted the LGBTQIA+ community of gamers with the release of its new “Pride” controller in the Xbox Design Lab, allowing those players to proudly express their identities even through the controller they use to play. I picked up one of these new controllers to see whether it’s a thoughtful representation of the LGBTQIA+ community, and it quickly became my daily driver controller, relegating my Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition controller to “2nd player” duties.

An Xbox Design Lab offering

(Image credit: Zachary Boddy | Windows Central)

This Pride controller is one of a myriad of new options offered through the second-generation Xbox Design Lab program, which lets players personalize an official, custom-built Xbox Wireless Controller directly from Microsoft. I’ll have a review on the Xbox Design Lab service in the near future, and I’ll discuss in detail its redesigned website, its new customization options, and whether or not it’s worth paying the premium over a standard Xbox controller.

The “Pride” customization option doesn’t feel like an afterthought.

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