Microsoft has announced new Xbox controllers themed around the spring season that just kicked off in the Northern Hemisphere. The new controllers come under the Designed for Xbox label, which means they’re Xbox controllers made by Microsoft’s partners, not Microsoft itself.
The Spring 2022 collection includes controllers from PowerA, Otterbox and 8BitDo. Gamepads are meant to capture the feeling and tone of “the playfulness and whimsy that spring brings”.
PowerA controllers feature mappable buttons on the back that players can use to program specific in-game actions. The controllers also rumble and vibrate, and they sport a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and feature a dial volume and one-touch mic mute. These are wired controllers, and they come with a 10 foot cable. PowerA controllers are compatible with Xbox One, Series X | S and PC, and there are five pastel colors to choose from for $38 each. You can see the official descriptions below and pre-order your favorite design.
- Lavender Swirl – hypnotic, swirling, psychedelic goodness.
- Cotton Candy Blue – sweet sensation inspired by the sweetest treats from childhood.
- Pink Lemonade – frosty and refreshing design to brighten up any gaming session.
- Purple Camo – pastel purple meets rough camouflage.
- Pastel Dream – soothing fades that transform even the most stressful session into a sweet symphony of gaming prowess.
The next product is not a controller itself but rather an OtterBox controller shell. New here is the Lilac Dream color, which has purple and pink grips and a clear shell. The handles can be exchanged and disassembled for easy cleaning. The new Lilac Dream color retails for $40 and is available at the Microsoft Store and other retailers worldwide.
Lastly, the previously announced new pastel pink option of the 8BitDo Ultimate Wired Controller is available to pre-order now for $45. The controller has two programmable back buttons and is compatible with Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Android and iOS. It also supports multiple custom profiles, and players can switch between them on the fly. The controller also has a 3.5mm audio jack and the ability to mute your microphone directly from the controller.
In other Xbox news, Microsoft created blurry Xbox controllers to promote the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie. These are not for sale to the general public, but you can enter a raffle for a chance to win one.