Microsoft has announced a new sustainable Xbox controller made from recycled materials in honor of Earth Day. The Xbox Remix Special Edition wireless controller includes post-consumer recycled resins and regrind materials to create a unique look and feel for each accessory. Microsoft sourced the recycled resins from materials such as old CDs, automotive headlight covers, and plastic water jugs, while the regrind came from leftover Xbox One controller parts recycled into new material. The combination of recycled resins and regrind creates custom, earth-tone colors with subtle variations, markings, and texturing, giving each Remix Special Edition controller its unique aesthetic.
The Xbox Remix Special Edition controller includes a topographic texture pattern on its bumpers, triggers, and side grip areas, inspired by the Earth’s dynamic landscape. Additionally, the green hues on its front case, D-pad, and Xbox button were inspired by lichen, a composite organism found in the Pacific Northwest.
To complete the environmentally friendly design, Microsoft bundles an Xbox Rechargeable Battery Pack with each special-edition gamepad, which retails for $25. The accessory is rechargeable, cutting down on disposable battery waste that often ends up in landfills.
While some may view this product as a mere marketing ploy, Microsoft has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability with goals of being carbon-negative, water-positive, and zero-waste by 2030. The Xbox Remix Special Edition controller costs $85, the same price as a standard Xbox wireless gamepad with a rechargeable battery pack, and is available for pre-order today before its launch on April 18th, four days before Earth Day.
The Xbox Remix Special Edition controller not only provides gamers with a unique and sustainable accessory, but it also allows them to support environmentally friendly manufacturing practices. Microsoft’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond this product, and the company’s broader sustainability goals demonstrate its dedication to reducing its environmental impact.