We as gamers love our gaming gear, no matter if we spend our money for the sole purpose of it looking better without any actual technical improvement.
With that mentality in mind, Microsoft just released two new Special Edition Xbox controllers. They are called the Arctic Camo Special Edition and the Phantom Magenta Special Edition.
Regarding the new special edition controllers, Unnati Shukla, Product Marketing Manager at Xbox stated that:
The Xbox Wireless Controller – Phantom Magenta Special Edition is the third controller in our Phantom Series. The design is rooted in sci-fi, influenced by the type of aesthetics found in ‘Ex-Machina’ and !Ghost in Shell,’ and blended with mysterious luxury to create totally unique designs. Highlighted by an ultra-saturated magenta color effect transitioning to translucent, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Phantom Magenta Special Edition joins the Phantom Series in a bold way
While just a cosmetic change, they are no doubt incredibly alluring
When first hearing about it, no doubt that everyone thought about the word “cash-grab” at least once. However, the models that were unveiled were indeed very well-designed and the color patterns were well-chosen.
Everything down to the latest detail, from the dark pink outer shell, retaining the signature translucent gradient and exposed internals. That couples with similarly-toned buttons and thumbsticks.
When will they be released and when can I buy them?
The Phantom Magenta Special Edition controller will cost $69.99 and start shipping on May 17, and you can already pre-order it from the Microsoft Store.
There’s also a $49.99 officially licensed charging stand that uses the same Phantom Magenta design. This too can be can pre-ordered before it starts shipping on March 17.
The Arctic Camo Special Edition will only be available in May, and it will be sold exclusively by Microsoft Stores and Walmart. More so, it will also come with a matching stand that also costs $49.99 each.
Of course, some of you may be thinking what is the use of buying them if the next generation of Xbox consoles is just around the corner. Well, keep in mind that all existing Xbox accessories will keep working on the upcoming Xbox Series X.
Until then, we’ll likely see Microsoft launch more Limited Edition controllers throughout the year. In the end, we can’t help but admit that gamers seem to really love the translucent design of the Phantom series controllers.
If you were to buy one of the two special edition controllers, which would it be? State your favorite design by leaving a message in the comments section below.