Thu. May 26th, 2022

Announced today via Xbox Wire along with a smart headset, controller charger and some festive clothing, the 20th Anniversary Special Edition controller is “a new spin on the transparent green of the original Xbox Debug kit.” Not sure if a completely different color counts as “a new spin”, but it’s not a bad looking controller.

Back to the days when the whole Xbox was black and green, the 20th anniversary Special Edition controller has a smoky, transparent front that gives us a glimpse of what’s going on inside the plastic case, right down to the sexy, sexy rumbling engines. At the top of the controller is a home button with a light green X. Below the buttons on the right is a 20-year anniversary logo. Also note that the green around the direction pad is also a special feature of the controller and not just normal circuit board color. The handles are also green.

Again, it is not unattractive. It’s just weird that Microsoft would try to evoke memories of a translucent green troubleshooting system with a controller that is not translucent green. I would have killed for a controller that looked like this:

The 20th Anniversary Special Edition Controller goes on sale November 15 for $ US70 ($ 96). As an added bonus, a controller unlocks to any Xbox Series X or S console a special 20th anniversary dynamic background. If you were so inclined, you could pick up one of these for the holidays and then travel to the houses of your Xbox Series-owned friends and give the gift a glowing green background.

Quickly someone adds a 4 to the front.  (Image: Microsoft)

On November 15, the $ 2070 ($ 96) 20th Anniversary Xbox US Stereo Headset is also available. It shares the same translucent black-and-green motif as the controller. Together, the two peripherals do a double bad job of developing the clear green troubleshooting console.

Or you can just use an old headset you lie about.  (Photo: Microsoft)

In conclusion, black is not a new spin on green. Thank you.

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