Xbox reveals special edition controller and more in celebration of 20th anniversary


Two decades of Xbox, and one pretty cool controller

Microsoft is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Xbox this year. And for those who are looking to pick up a new controller to commemorate the occasion, there’s a new 20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox controller on the way, alongside a host of other merch.

The 20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller was showcased today. It has a semi-transparent shell on the front, so you can see right into the controller’s internals. And the bright green color scheme honestly reminds me a bit of the Splatoon Pro Controllers for the Nintendo Switch. Which is another way of saying, I think it looks good.

The 20th Anniversary Xbox controller also has textured trigger and bumpers, and will be available on Nov. 15 for $69.99. It is also up for pre-order now, if you head over to the Xbox site. Plus, when you plug the controller into your Xbox Series X or S, it unlocks a new, exclusive dynamic background that’s reminding me of those classic Xbox days.

Connect your 20th Anniversary controller to your Xbox Series X|S and unlock an exclusive dynamic background bursting to life with glowing lines and moving sparks ?✨

— Xbox (@Xbox) October 7, 2021

Microsoft is also putting out a 20th Anniversary Stereo Headset, a charging station for the Xbox controller emblazoned with the 20th Anniversary logo, and a new line of merch. You can find the full lineup here, which includes lots of black, grey, and green.

Though I didn’t get into the Xbox consoles until the 360, I do like the little bits of nostalgia companies roll out for these anniversaries. I loved my 20th Anniversary DualShock 4, and the way it reminded me of those long-gone PlayStation 1 days every time I booted up the PS4. I’m currently set on controllers for a while, but who knows? If I’m in need of a new set of sticks for my PC in the future, this might be a model I keep an eye out for.

You can pre-order the 20th Anniversary Xbox Wireless Controller here.