Xbox Design Lab (2022) review: Designing your dream controller has never been easier

The controller you use to play games is almost as important as the platform on which you play, and there are endless options available for those looking to up their gaming abilities. While many controllers can provide practical or financial reasons to choose them over a competitor, one service stands above the rest for those looking to express themselves through a custom controller — Xbox Design Lab.

Microsoft’s official controller-customizing platform returned after the arrival of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S duo of current-gen consoles with a new controller foundation and color options. Since then, it has expanded with many more customization options and upgrades, a redesigned website, availability in a greater number of regions, and more.

Xbox Design Lab: Price & availability

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To secure an Xbox Design Lab controller of your own, you’ll have to be willing to pay the price, and be residing in a supported region. For the former, Xbox Design Lab controllers begin at $70 USD, only $10 more than a standard Xbox Wireless Controller (and $5 more than many of the official Xbox Wireless Controller colorways), which still lets you customize the body, back, triggers, bumpers, D-pad, thumbsticks, and face buttons with various basic color options.

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