Microsoft is planning to launch a new Xbox wireless controller under the Tech Series as part of the Redmond giant’s preparation for the release of Project Scorpio later this year. The Xbox Wireless Controller-Recon Tech Special Edition – the first in the series – is due for a worldwide release on April 25 at a price point of $69.99. The standard black Xbox Wireless Controller, on the other hand, costs $10 more than the Recon Tech.

The Recon Tech ships with all the features that you can find on the Xbox Wireless Controller, including Bluetooth for gaming on Windows 10 devices and Samsung Gear VR and an improved wireless range. In a blog post, Bree White, Global Product Marketing Managerm said:

In developing this new controller series, the Xbox team was inspired by military technology and performance patterns, exploring concepts stemming from combat armor and sci-fi mechanical gear. Premium finishes like a laser etched texture, gold accents and insignia are on the front of the controller. The back of the controller features textured diamond rubberized grip for added control and comfort.

White added that users can also take advantage of the custom button-mapping feature via the Xbox Accessories App. The new controller is also compatible with Copilot, an upcoming feature of the Xbox One that will launch later this year as part of the Creators Update for Windows 10. The feature allows two players to act as one. White explained:

As part of our commitment to enhancing gaming for everyone, Copilot makes Xbox One more inviting and fun for new gamers or those needing assistance — whether it’s parents who want to help their kids play, experienced gamers looking to play with novice players, or gamers who need unique configurations to play (e.g. with hands apart, hand and chin, hand and foot, etc.).

You can now pre-order the Recon Tech Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller from the Microsoft Store.

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