Rolling the drums in the distance is a new model of the Xbox One controllers, dubbed Xbox One Shadow Controller. Back when the first Xbox One controller came out, we were pretty impressed with the design and the new ergonomics. Now, Microsoft looks to add some extra shine and good taste to the battlefield, directly competing with the DualShock 4 controller, which also has brought four new models onto the market in Q4 of 2015.
The new ‘Shadow’ Xbox one controllers don’t look any different from their regular counterparts regarding size or shape. However, it’s the finish that represents the piece of resistance: they come in two models – ‘Copper Shadow’ and ‘Dusk Shadow’, featuring a metallic looking finish and colors that drift into black towards the bottom. This is the first time that an Xbox controller dubs the dual-tone idea in this manner, turning it into a real delight to behold the saturated blue and the copper make the transition towards the deep black of the handles.
The buttons on the front maintain a somber black color, with the X, Y, A, B symbols featuring the hue on the face of the controller. For anyone who hasn’t yet memorized the colors of each button or their placement onto the controller, still being able to use one of those in their sleep, there are tiny color coded dots in the center, depicting the green A, red B, blue X and yellow Y.
But while the new Xbox One controllers are, without a doubt, the controller pageant winners of 2016, users are fairly interested to know if they come with any technical enhancements as well. According to the designing company, Microsoft, the Shadow Xbox One controllers feature an enhanced D-pad – no news regarding the exact way in which they are better than regular Xbox One. On top of that, they maintain their wireless capability and also bring the Impulse Triggers, supposedly even more sensitive and proficient than the ones baked into the classic Xbox One controller. To top it off, you’ll find a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack there too.
So what is there to expect from the pricing of the fashionable Xbox One Shadow controllers?
There is no ‘Limited Edition’ tag on them, meaning that Microsoft has yet to announce that they only have a set number of these babies in stock for sale. They do, however, come for an extra whopping $10, with both models of the new Shadow controllers having become available for pre-order yesterday, for a total of $69.99.
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