Xbox Celebrates Pride With A Controller You Can’t Buy


Somebody get me some paint, I can make it myself.

Somebody get me some paint, I could make it myself.
Photo: Microsoft

Along with a beneficiant donation to LGBTQIA+ nonprofits, clothing featuring flag designs, and various digital rewards, Microsoft is providing a Pride 2021 Xbox wi-fi controller, a beautiful rainbow-sporting customized gamepad that’ll solely be accessible to pick influencers and members of the media.

Sporting vibrant pink, yellow, blue, and inexperienced face buttons and a design impressed by the varied LGBTQIA+ flags adopted by the group, the Pride 2021 Xbox wi-fi controller is an attention-grabbing addition to the fairly tame official Xbox Series X/S controller lineup, which solely recently discovered neon green. Taking the design a step additional, the battery pack sports activities the phrases “Show Your Pride On Every Side.”

“Team Xbox has designed the Pride 2021 Xbox Wireless Controller with and for LGBTQIA+ people to give visibility to communities that have often been overlooked and neglected,” reads the publish on Xbox Wire saying the controller. “It combines the flags of various LGBTQIA+ communities in an interwoven energetic way, creating a sense of unity, and evoking both technology and the modern age.”

Then comes the dangerous information. “To celebrate, Team Xbox will share these controllers with key influencers and media in the U.S. and internationally.”

Well, dammit. I’d gladly pay $60 to $70 for a controller sporting this design, particularly if some share of the sale went to charities supporting the LGBTQIA+ group. I recognize {that a} comparable design is up on the market as a skin for Microsoft Surface devices, however I don’t personal a Surface. I do personal a number of Xboxes, PCs, and some cellular gadgets that would use a shocking new controller, although.

But I get it. Nothing says “inclusivity” like a product solely accessible as a free present to influencers and members of the media. That means everybody will get to benefit from the controller in movies, articles like this one, and finally, eBay.


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