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Microsoft unveils dope new controller designs and a smaller PC adapter

by Eric Frederiksen | August 2, 2017August 2, 2017 8:00 am PDT

Microsoft has announced three new Xbox One controller designs and a svelte new wireless adapter for use with Windows 10 PCs.

The first Green/Grey and Volcano Shadow Special Edition controllers feature a texturized grip, while the Patrol Tech edition has a rubberized grip. All three controllers feature the same wireless tech and Bluetooth tech as the Xbox One S controller. The Patrol Tech controller is also going to release as a PC-focused controller in October. The big difference there is that it comes with a USB cable.

The adapter will be available in August for $24.99. It’s 66 percent smaller than the previous adapter. While it isn’t as small as Logitech’s Unifying Receiver, it’s a big improvement over the original. The adapter also offers wireless stereo sound and can handle signals for 8 wireless controllers at once.

Enough dates to fill a calendar

Microsoft has the Green/Grey and Volcano Shadow controllers hitting the Microsoft Store on August 3, while the Patrol Tech controller hits on September 5. It looks like the controllers are hitting the Microsoft store first, as Amazon has the Green/Grey controller releasing on September 5, the Patrol Tech version on September 19, and the Volcano Shadow edition hitting on September 26. The Green/Grey controller goes for $65, while the other two will be available for $69. The wireless adapter will go for the same $25 the original went for, or it can be purchased in a bundle with a black Xbox One controller for $80. The adapter will be available sometime in August, Microsoft says.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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