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Xbox Design Lab is Back! Personalize Your Next-Gen Controller and Make It Yours

Xbox Design Lab is Back

At Xbox, we believe that providing our fans with choice and opportunities to express themselves is a core part of our mission, empowering players to more closely connect with their gaming experience, express their personalities and individualism, and put their own unique stamp on their Xbox identity. Five years ago, we introduced Xbox Design Lab as a way for our community to design their very own official Xbox Wireless Controllers.  Since then, we have seen hundreds of thousands of unique designs that allow users to express their creativity and bring their inspirations to life. Xbox Design Lab has been there to celebrate milestones, such as birthdays, sports team championships and even marriage proposals, with engraved controllers! Last October, we paused Xbox Design Lab as we prepared for the launch of Xbox Series X|S and our new Xbox Wireless Controller. Today, we are thrilled to announce that Xbox Design Lab is back to help you to once again create a controller that’s unmistakably yours.

What is Xbox Design Lab?

Xbox Design Lab is a customization program that offers different ways to create your own personalized Xbox Wireless Controller. Fans can color-customize nearly all the external parts of the controller including the body, back case, D-pad, bumpers, triggers, thumbsticks, ABXY, View, Menu and Share buttons. With Xbox Design Lab, you can customize a controller to match your creative style, tell a story, or celebrate a special moment. From there, you can further personalize your design with laser engraving to add your name, Gamertag or custom 16-character message. We’ll then hand-make your controller and ship it to your doorstep with free shipping.

What is new with this latest update?

Starting today, our new Xbox Wireless Controllers are now available in Xbox Design Lab. Players will receive all the benefits that come with the newest generation of Xbox Wireless Controllers, including improved ergonomics for a wider range of hand sizes, better cross-device connectivity, easier sharing, and reduced latency.

Players can choose from 18 different available colors for most controller parts and we are introducing new colors like Shock Blue, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt. Most of our color options are made with plastics containing 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials by weight.* These color options will reduce the amount of waste plastic that ends up in landfills and ensure we are all doing our part to take care of the planet. We believe this work is critical and will continue to increase the amount of PCR that we use in our products.  We are also adding a new black-on-color ABXY button option, as well as a new black-on-white color option for the View, Menu and Share buttons.

We have a bold vision for customization through Xbox Design Lab, and this update is just the beginning. Our team is hard at work developing new processes, testing new materials, and innovating so that we can continue to evolve the Xbox Design Lab experience. Over the coming months, we will share more information about new customization opportunities and new ways to personalize your gaming experience.

Xbox Series X and S UK stock update: Where to buy next-gen Microsoft console

Responding to a gamer looking to secure a next-gen console at the start of April the Argos Helpers Twitter posted: “We are working hard to replenish stock of the PS5/Xbox Series X at the moment. Please keep an eye on our website, where you will find the most up to date information on”.

While GAME, which has been arguably the best place to purchase a next-gen console in 2021, currently hasn’t updated its Xbox Series X order page since the last restock.

The GAME Xbox Series X order page currently has stock listed as having a release date of March 26 – which was for the last restock.

With it being a little while since GAME last got an Xbox Series X restock, gamers are eager to find out when the next stock drop could be.

And poking fun at this recently, the GAME Basildon Twitter account had a little joke.

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Xbox Series X and S stock latest: Where to buy next-gen Microsoft console in UK

Xbox Series X and S UK stock is still extremely hard to come by. Following a flurry of UK restocks towards the start of the month the Xbox Series X is once again like gold dust. The last major Xbox Series X UK restock happened last week when both Argos and the Microsoft Store had stock to buy.

Since then – however – the Xbox Series X has been unable to buy across the board in the UK.

But there is a slight bit of good news. Previously Microsoft bigwigs said the Xbox Series X stock shortage situation would continue until April 2021.

These comments were made previously by Xbox’s chief financial officer Tim Stuart who said: “I think we’ll continue to see supply shortages as we head into the post-holiday quarter, so Microsoft’s Q3, calendar Q1”.

We’re fast approaching this magic period where Xbox Series X stock should become more plentiful in the aftermath.

So fingers crossed it shouldn’t be too much longer that the in-demand next-gen console from Microsoft is hard to come by.

In the meantime if you’re looking to snag an Xbox Series S console there are still a few places you can purchase it from.

ShopTo has the Xbox Series S as listed for purchase and available via backorders.

While GAME also has the Xbox Series S and Series S bundles available for purchase via pre-orders, with stock available from March 26.

Express.co.uk were able to get a number of these Series S purchase options into our baskets.

Depending on where you are in the country, Argos also may have Xbox Series S stock available for you to purchase – with delivery or click & collect options available.

While the Xbox Series S isn’t as powerful as the Xbox Series X, it’s a cute little next-gen console that comes in at a very appealing price tag.

Both Argos and GAME has the Xbox Series S priced at £249.99, while at ShopTo it’s £259.85.

The Xbox Series S is built for 1440p gaming as opposed to the Series X which is for 4K and even capable of 8K.

The Series S, however, can upscale to 4K and also plays the same great selection of games as the Xbox Series X.

So that means the highly anticipated return of Master Chief with Halo Infinite, as well as other Xbox first-party games such as Forza Motorsport, State of Decay 3, Hellblade 2, Everwild and much more.

And thanks to the recent acquisition of Bethesda by Microsoft the Series S along with the Series X will be the best place to play games from the Fallout and Elder Scrolls makers thanks to the inclusion of the blockbuster studio’s games – old, new and upcoming – on Xbox Game Pass.

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PS5 VR: Has Sony killed off PlayStation VR with big next-gen news?

Hardware makers have to time announcements to make sure they don’t affect current products’ sales, which makes the new PS5 VR reveal interesting.

Sony has confirmed that the new PSVR system will not be available to buy during 2021, meaning there will be a sizable gap between its announcement and release date.

Millions of PSVR headsets have been sold since it first launched, but it seems likely that those sales are going to decline rapidly now that a replacement device is in the works.

This is the usual pattern after a new console is announced, and something similar happened with the sales of PS4 consoles after the PS5 was announced.

But if Sony was worried that they might have killed off their current VR buzz, they certainly aren’t showing it. This would suggest that the PS5 will be getting full-blown virtual reality support in late 2022, even if Sony is keeping its secrets for now.

This might also be a sign that the tech giant believes the current PlayStation VR model has reached its maximum audience, while wanting to avoid launching another piece of hardware during a year dedicated to the PS5.

While much of what is being planned for PS5 VR support remains unknown, What we do know is that the next-gen headset will be an upgrade over the PlayStation 4 version, offering improved resolution and field of view to tracking and input.

It has also been confirmed that the new headset will connect to the PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience.

Speaking on the subject, Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management, told fans in February:

“One of the innovations we’re excited about is our new VR controller, which will incorporate some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics.

“That’s just one of the examples of future-proof technology we’re developing to match our vision for a whole new generation of VR games and experiences.

“There’s still a lot of development underway for our new VR system, so it won’t be launching in 2021.

“But we wanted to provide this early update to our fans, as the development community has started to work on creating new worlds for you to explore in virtual reality.”

And Sony isn’t winding down the support for the PlayStation VR, with a number of new games announced for the virtual reality platform this week.

Speaking about the PSVR 2 announcement, PlayStation’s Jim Ryan told GQ: “We believe in VR and have been extremely happy with the results with the present PlayStation VR and think that we will do good business with our new VR system for PlayStation 5.

“More importantly, we see it as something beyond this coming iteration that really could be really big and really important. We like to innovate; we think our community likes us to innovate. I’d turn around the question and say, “Why not?” For us, it’s a very logical step to take. We’re very excited by it and we think that people who are going to make VR games for our new VR system are going to be very excited too.”

So even if Sony’s PS5 VR announcement does kill off sales, it seems the company are happy to keep things ticking until their next virtual reality project is ready.