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This page lists all first-party Xbox Wireless controllers that have been designed for Xbox One consoles and Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. All controllers on this page are compatible with each console generation. This page contains every controller available through standard retail as well as some that were given away through contests or made specifically for employees of certain studios.

Four different models of the Xbox Wireless controller have been released since its first inception with the launch of the Xbox One in 2013. Each controller has been listed under its corresponding "generation".

This page does not take into account the Xbox Adaptive Controller or the near endless number of custom-order Xbox One controllers that are possible via the "Xbox Design Lab" service.

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First Generation (2013)[edit | edit source]

The first batch of Xbox wireless controllers were released in 2013. This model did not include a headphone jack or Bluetooth. Both of these features were added to later controller revisions. The first generation of Xbox wireless controllers were produced up until late 2015.

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Black (2013)

The first Xbox One controller launched in 2013, it has mostly the same design as the Xbox 360 controller. There are some new features to the controller though, such as various tweaks to its design, such as a slightly revised shape, redesigned analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and triggers. The triggers have new vibrators within the triggers to allow for directional feedback.

This controller did not include a headphone jack but was later added in a revision, which was released alongside the Xbox One S.

November 22, 2013 Retail
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Day One Edition

The Day One Edition Xbox One controller was bundled with the Limited Edition Day One Edition Xbox One. It had the same design as other Xbox One controllers at the time. The most notable difference to this controller was that it had the words "DAY ONE 2013" inscribed onto it. November 22, 2013 Bundle Only
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Launch Team Edition

The Launch Team Edition controller is the rarest Xbox One controller available, as it was not available to the public. The controller was only distributed to select Microsoft employees that worked on the Xbox One. The controller was bundled with a Day One Edition Console as well, with "I Made This, Launch Team 2013" printed on the console and controller. November 22, 2013 Employees
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Camouflage
The Camouflage controller was the first Xbox One controller to have a unique pattern on it. It was also the first of many Xbox One controllers to feature this pattern. An updated variant of this controller was released a few years later, which included updated features such as a headphone jack. 2014 Retail
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Titanfall Special Edition

The Titanfall Special Edition controller was the Xbox One's first Special Edition controller released. It was bundled on its own and was released to help promote the new Xbox One game, Titanfall. The controller is mostly white, with orange on the left and black on the right. The design is based off of the technology in the game Titanfall. March 11, 2014 Retail
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Day One Edition (2014)

When the Xbox One was released in the remaining parts of Europe and in Japan, a Day One Edition Xbox One controller was bundled with the Limited Edition Day One Edition Xbox One. The controller is exactly the same as the regular Day One Edition controller, but has just the words "DAY ONE" inscribed onto it, dropping the year. [1] September 4, 2014 Bundle Only
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China Day One Edition

The Xbox One became the first console to be released in China for 14 years, so just like all other regions around the world a day one edition was released. The China Day One Edition controller is exactly the same as the regular Day One Edition controller, but has the words "CHINA DAY ONE" inscribed onto it rather than "DAY ONE 2013". This controller was only released in China making it very hard to find. September 29, 2014 Bundle Only
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White (2014)
The White Xbox One controller was released in 2014 to mark the release of the game Sunset Overdrive. The controller was bundled numerous Xbox One bundles including the Sunset Overdrive and Quantum Break bundle. Like many of the other Xbox One controllers released at this time, an updated variant of this controller was released in the future with all the new features. October 28, 2014 Bundle Only
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare controller was released in 2014 and was included with a matching console bundle. The controller was only bundled with the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare bundle, which like all other bundles included a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare themed console. November 3, 2014 Retail
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Midnight Forces
The Midnight Forces Xbox One controller is one of the many variants of the camouflage controller that was released in the same year. This controller puts a blue spin on the original green controller. This was one of the controllers released as a part of the "Forces" series. November 5, 2014 Retail

Second Generation (2015)[edit | edit source]

The second generation of Xbox wireless controllers were released alongside the release of the Xbox One Elite Controllers in 2015 . The updated model added a 3.5 mm headphone jack to the bottom of the controller, a feature that was absent from the previous model. The controller's shoulder buttons were also slightly improved and the ability to wirelessly update controllers was also added into these models. Second generation controllers were produced from 2015 to late 2016.


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Armed Forces
The Armed Forces Xbox One controller is an updated model of the Camouflage controller which was released a year later. The controller is visually similar to the Camouflage controller. The most notable differences to this variant and the 2014 model is that this controller included all of the new features of this time such as a headphone jack. August 13, 2014 Retail
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Covert Forces
The Covert Forces Xbox One controller was one of the three controllers apart of the "Forces" series, this one being known as Covert. Its design was based of of the camouflage controller that was released in the previous year. This controller was the first Xbox One controller released that included a headphone jack and other necessary ports. June 9, 2015 Retail
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Black (2015)
The first revision of the Xbox One controller was released in late 2015 with the same design as the original. Differences are the 3.5 headphone jack was added, the bumper buttons have been rebuilt to make it easier to press and the Xbox logo light is different. All controllers up until the 2016 revision used this same design. June 16, 2015[2] Retail
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Halo 5: Guardians Spartan Locke
The Spartan Locke controller was one of two Halo 5 themed Xbox One controllers released in 2015. The controller was released around the times of Halo 5: Guardians. The design of the controller is based off of the Halo character, Jameson Locke who features predominately throughout the campaign of Halo 5. August 4, 2015 Retail
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Halo 5: Guardians Master Chief
The Master Chief controller is the other Halo 5: Guardians controller that was released around the same time of the games launch. The controller is based off of the design of Master Chief's MJOLNIR armor. Advertisements for this controller were bundled with the physical version of the game. August 4, 2015 Retail
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Forza Motorsport 6 Special Edition
The Forza Motorsport 6 controller was a controller that was only bundled with the Forza Motorsport 6 console bundle. The controller's colors are based off of those of the Ford GT, Forza Motorsport 6's cover car. The controller features a blue face plate, with a two dark blue stripes down the center of the controller. Bumpers on the back of the controller are black and the left and right triggers are silver, representing gas pedals. September 15, 2015 Bundle Only
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Special Edition Lunar White
The Lunar White Xbox One controller is one of the most popular Xbox One controllers released. It features a matte white face plate with a gold D-Pad and triggers. The left and right buttons are black along with other parts of the controller such as the left and right sticks. This controller was on of the first Xbox One controllers released to have the four colored circles in the center of the ABXY buttons. September 29, 2015 Retail
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Elite

The Elite controller is the ultimate Xbox One controller. Released in 2016, this was the Xbox One's first premium controller and the most expensive to date. Features that make the Elite stand out from all other Xbox One controllers is the fact that parts of it can be swapped for other parts. For example the left and right sticks can be exchanged for sticks of different shapes. The D-Pad can also be swapped for numerous different forms. Another feature that makes the Elite stand out is the rear paddles on the back of the controller, no other Xbox One controller (that is not in the Elite series) features this.

A second edition of the controller was released in 2019.

October 27, 2015 Retail
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Copper Shadow
The Copper Shadow Xbox One controller is one of the two Shadow edition controllers that were released in 2016. The controller has a copper colored metallic faceplate. The controller has a black D-Pad, thumbsticks, triggers and bumpers. A similar design to this controller and the Dusk Shadow controller was added as an option to Xbox Design Lab not long after the service launched. February 19, 2016 Retail
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Dusk Shadow
The Dusk Shadow Controller was the other variant of the Shadow edition Xbox One controllers. The design is exactly the same as the Copper Shadow controller, but this variant uses a blue to black faceplate and has blue A, B, X, Y button rather than the copper colored ones from the other variant. This controller was also the last Xbox One controller to be released as a part of the second generation of Xbox One controllers. These models were succeeded by the third generation which was only released a few months after the release of this variant. February 19, 2016 Retail
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Limited Edition Gears of War 4 Elite
One of the rarest Xbox One controllers available through retail, the Limited Edition Gears of War 4 Elite controller has all of the features of the regular Elite but a different design. The controller has designs of scars, scratches and blood. The Gears of War logo is also shown on the controller. The controller was released around the same time as Gears of War 4. The design is based around the GOW universe. October, 2016 Retail
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White Elite Special Edition
In 2019, three years after the original model, Microsoft released a white variant of the Elite. The controller is the same as the original black version except it is now white. The white model has all the same features as the original black model. 2018 Retail

Third Generation (2016)[edit | edit source]

Third generation Xbox wireless controllers were produced from 2016 until late 2020, when they were succeeded by the new controllers bundled with the Xbox Series X and S. They were originally released with the Xbox One S in 2016 and were also bundled with the Xbox One X in 2017. Xbox Design Lab controllers also used this model.

Third generation Xbox Wireless controllers added Bluetooth support and better thumbsticks and triggers. Bluetooth support allowed for these controllers to be used with Windows 10 PCs without the use of an adapter.

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White (2016)
The White Xbox One controller is a remake of the 2014 model of the same name. This controller is the first controller to be released as a part of the third generation of Xbox One controllers. This controller is bundled with all regular Xbox One S consoles. Updated features on the controller include Bluetooth support and rubberized grips. August 2, 2016 Retail
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Gears of War James Dominic Fenix
The James Dominic Fenix controller is one of the three Xbox One controllers released to help promote Gears of War 4. The controller has a grey and blue design based off of the games main character, James Dominic Fenix. The controller has a grey D-Pad and thumbsticks. The triggers and bumpers on the controller are blue. The 3 Gears of War 4 controllers were the first set of controllers to be based on the 2016 controller revision. September 13, 2016 Retail
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Black (2016)
Because of the new and improved Xbox One controllers, Microsoft decided to go back to basics and re-release the original Xbox One controller. The controller is exactly the same as the original but includes all of the new features of the 2016 revision. This controller is also bundled with all standard Xbox One X consoles. September 20, 2016 Retail
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Blue
The Blue Xbox One controller is another variant of the more simple Xbox One controller designs. It uses a bright blue colored design throughout the entire controller. Advertisement cards could be found for this controller variant in select Xbox One S bundles. September 27, 2016 Retail
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Dawn Shadow
The Dawn Shadow Xbox One controller is an updated variant of the Shadow series of controllers that were released in the same year. Like its predecessors, the Dawn Shadow controller features a magenta to black face plate. The controller has a black D-Pad, thumnsticks, triggers and bumpers. October 4, 2016 Retail
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Gears of War Crimson Omen
The Crimson Omen controller is the third and final controller in the Gears of War 4 set. The design of the controller is very similar to the Elite variant, featuring a red face plate covered with scratches and scars and the Gears of War logo. The controller has a red D-Pad and black thumbsticks, triggers and bumpers. This is also one of the only Xbox One controllers to use a different font for the A, B, X, Y buttons. This controller was bundled with the Xbox One S 2TB Gears of War 4 Limited Edition bundle. October 7, 2016 Bundle Only
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Storm Grey
After the release of the new third generation controllers, Microsoft began to release a series of more basic Xbox One controllers, using just one color scheme rather than multiple. This controller was bundled with the Xbox One S 500GB Gears of War & Halo Special Edition bundle and the Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle. This variant uses a plain grey color scheme throughout the whole of the controller. November 1, 2016 Bundle Only
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Deep Blue
The Deep Blue Xbox One controller is a Xbox One controller that was only bundled with the Xbox One S 500GB Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle. This variant uses a deep blue color throughout the whole controller, just as the name suggests. Because the controller was only available in the Gears of War bundle, it makes this controller one of the rarest ones available. November 1, 2016 Bundle Only
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Military Green
Released on the launch of Battlefield 1, the Military Green Xbox One controller was a controller that was only bundled with the Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle. Like the Deep Blue controller, this variant is extremely rare because of its low distribution. November 1, 2016 Bundle Only
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Pizza Hut
The Pizza Hut Red controller is a limited edition Xbox One controller that was offered as a prize during Pizza Hut's "The Triple Treat Box Instant Win and Sweepstakes" from November 7 to December 24, 2016. The front faceplate of the controller is gloss red and features the Pizza Hut logo. Aside from the exclusive front faceplate the rest of the controller, including its packaging, is identical in appearance to a standard white Xbox One controller sold individually at retail. Candidates entered a code, found on either the packaging of a Triple Treat Box food purchase or via a requested email as an alternate free method of entry, through mobile or the official website of the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 1,140 first place prizes randomly seeded at select times during the promotion and/or the grand prize drawn at the conclusion of the contest. First place prizes consisted of a 500GB Xbox One S console with a standard white controller, a digital copy of Minecraft with some of its expansion DLC, and the exclusive Pizza Hut Red controller. The grand prize winner received a 4K television and an audio system in addition to everything available in the first prize package. November 7, 2016 Giveaway
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Red 
Just like the Blue Xbox One controller, the Red variant is a more simpler design released by Microsoft. The controller uses a red colored design throughout the whole of the controller. January 10, 2017 Retail
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Orange/Green
The Orange/green controller was a variant of the Xbox One controller released in the same time frame as the red and blue controllers. It was a green/brown faceplate and orange highlights on the thumbsticks. January 31, 2017 Retail
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Winter Forces
The White Forces controller was released in 2017, it revises the "Forces" design of Xbox One controllers that were originally released in 2015. This variant includes al the updated features of the third generation controllers. The design is identical to the 2015 Forces controllers but is white and grey. February 7, 2017 Retail
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Ocean Shadow
In 2017, Microsoft began releasing updated variants of their older controllers with all the new features such as Bluetooth. The design of this controller is like the Shadow controllers released in 2016. The controller features a black to blue faceplate just like the Dusk Shadow controller released in the previous year. February 7, 2017 Retail
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Recon Tech
2017, saw the release of the "Tech" series of Xbox One controllers. The Recon Tech variant was the first of three models released. The controller is grey and brown with decals on each side of the controller. The back of the controller also features textured diamond rubberized grip for added control and comfort. April 25, 2017 Retail
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Grey/Green
The Grey/green controller saw Microsoft return to the more basic Xbox One controllers that were released earlier in the year. The faceplate is light grey with light green highlights on the thumbsticks. August 3, 2017 Retail
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Volcano Shadow
The Volcano Shadow controller is another updated variant of an older Xbox One controller. The controller has a black to red faceplate, resembling a volcano. The controller also has a black D-Pad, bumpers, triggers and thumbsticks. The A, B, X, Y and View and Menu buttons are a orange/red color. August 3, 2017 Retail
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Minecraft Pig
The Minecraft Pig Controller was one of two Minecraft themed Xbox One controllers released in 2017. The Minecraft Pig controller was released on its own and has a pink faceplate with the design of a Minecraft Pigs face on it. The A,B,X,Y buttons use the same font as the Minecraft logo rather than the normal Xbox font. September 5, 2017 Retail
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Minecraft Creeper
The Minecraft Creeper controller was one of two Minecraft themed controllers released in 2017. The Creeper controller was bundled with the Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle. The controller could also be purchased separately. The faceplate of the controller is based off of the iconic Minecraft mob, the Creeper. Like the Pig Controller the A,B, X, Y buttons use the Minecraft typeface. On the back of the controller where batteries are put in a TNT block is shown. September 5, 2017 Retail
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Covert Tech
The Covert Tech controller was the second controller released in the "Tech" series. The design is very similar to the Recon Tech Controller but is a dark blue color. October 17, 2017 Retail
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Project Scorpio
The Project Scorpio controller is one of the rarest Xbox One controllers available. It was only available in the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition bundle that was released at the launch of the Xbox One X. The controller is very similar to the Day One Edition controller bundled with the original Xbox One. The controller is completely black with green text inscribed on the faceplate that reads "PROJECT SCORPIO EDITION". The console included in the bundle was designed like this as well. November 7, 2017 Bundle Only
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XFEST 18 Blue
The XFEST 18 Blue controller is one of four variants that were given out at the event of the same name. This variant included a blue D-Pad and triggers. A large cross appears over the right thumbstick, with a circuit board like pattern running across other parts of the controller. It is estimated that 200 units were made out of all of the four different variants. The battery cover also includes the XFEST 18 logo as well as five different icons each representing different parts of the Xbox community. These designs were used on all XFEST 18 controller variants. 2018 Giveaway
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XFEST 18 Copper
The XFEST 18 Copper controller is the second of four varaints that were given out at the event of the people that attended the event of the same name. The copper controller includes the same design as other variants but with a copper D-Pad and triggers instead. 2018 Giveaway
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XFEST 18 Green
The XFEST 18 Green controller is the third of four varaints that were given out at the event of the people that attended the event of the same name. The green controller is identical to the other variants but instead includes a green D-Pad and triggers. A gold variant of this controller is believed to be the fourth variant of the XFEST 18 controllers, however almost no information can be found about this controller online which is why it does not appear on this list. 2018 Giveaway
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Sea of Thieves
The Sea of Thieves controller was one of the first Xbox One controllers to be released in 2018. It was released at the time Sea of Thieves launched. The controller has a very unique design not seen on any other Xbox One controller. The controller has a purple/turquoise faceplate with the Sea of Thieves logo appearing in the center. Next to the left thumbstick are North, East, South and West indicators making the thumbstick resemble a compass. February 28, 2018 Retail
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Combat Tech
The Combat Tech Xbox One controller was the third and final controller a part of the "Tech" series of Xbox One controllers. The design is identical to the other controllers but has a green/brown color design instead. March 27, 2018 Retail
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Sport White Special Edition
2018 saw the beginning of the "Sport" series of Xbox One controllers. The first one released was the Sport White variant. The controller has a very light colored design with a light grey D-Pad a thumbsticks. Small patterns are on each side of the controller, colored grey and light blue. July 31, 2018 Retail
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Xbox Addict
The Xbox Addict controller is a custom variant designed for Xbox Addict, who was was a passionate Xbox fan. The controller, as well as a custom console, were created to honor Matt, after he passed away. Fifty variants of the controller were given away to people that donated $75 or more to Gamers Outreach during E3 2018. The controller uses a white faceplate with Xbox Addict's logo being placed in the center. Green triggers and thumbsticks as well as black bumpers and a silver D-Pad are also used on the controller. The words "Bleed Green" are engraved on the front of the controller. August 2018 Giveaway
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Armed Forces II Special Edition
The Armed Forces II controller is the successor to the 2015 Armed Forces Controller. The design of the controller is exactly the same to the first model but now includes all the new third generation controller features, such as Bluetooth and rubberized grips. A matching headset was also released. August 14, 2018 Retail
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Limited Edition Grease-proof PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
The Grease-proof PUBG Xbox One controller was given away in a contest by Xbox Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 1.0 release of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Only 200 units of this controller were made. The controllers use an extra glossy texture to achieve the grease-proof gimmick. The controller was a grey faceplate with yellow thumbsticks, triggers and bumpers. The PUBG logo appears on the battery cover on the back of the controller. The tag #GREASEPROOF1.0 appear on the left side of the controller. September 6, 2018 Giveaway
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Phantom Black Special Edition
The Phantom Black Special Edition controller is one of the most unique Xbox One controller variants released. The controller has a black design fading to a gold color. The top of the controller is translucent, showing some of the internals of the controller. September 11, 2018 Retail
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Grey/Blue
The Grey/blue controller was another variant of the more basic Xbox One controllers released by Microsoft. The Grey/blue has a grey faceplate with a blue backing and highlights in the thumbsticks. The controllers bumpers and triggers are a slightly lighter shade of grey. September 25, 2018 Retail
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Limited Edition
The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds controller was released at the time of PUBG's full release in September 2018. The controller has a black design with a blue highlight around the left thumbstick. The controller's design is based around the game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. November 5, 2018 Retail
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X018 Sugar Skull
The X018 controller is a limited edition variant that was only released in Mexico during the X018 Xbox event. Only fifteen units of the controller were made, making it one of the rarest Xbox controller variants. Fans that attended X018 had the chance to win one of the controllers. Additionally, Xbox players based in Mexico City that did not attend the event also had the chance to win one of the controllers by earning 20,000 Gamerscore.gif through Xbox Game Pass games. November 10, 2018 Giveaway
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Sport Red Special Edition
The Sport Red controller was the second "Sport" controller released in the series. The design is very similar to the Sport White controller but instead of being white is now red. The Sport Red was also one of the first Xbox One controllers to be released in 2019. March 5, 2019 Retail
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Phantom White Special Edition
The Phantom White Special Edition is a white variant of the Phantom Black controller. The design is similar to the Phantom Black controller but is now a much lighter white controller. The controller is a light brown color that fades down to full white. Like the Phantom Black the top half of the controller is translucent, meaning you can slightly see inside some parts of the controller. April 2, 2019 Retail
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Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition
The Gears 5 Kait Diaz controller was bundled with the Xbox One X Gears 5 1TB Limited Edition Bundle, but was also sold on its own. The controller is based off of the design of Kait Diaz from the game, Gears 5. The controller was very well received from fans. August 20, 2019 Retail
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Hyperspace Special Edition
The Hyperspace Special Edition Xbox One controller is a variant that was only included with the Xbox One X NBA 2K20 Special Edition bundle. This bundle included a Hyperspace Special edition console, matching controller and copy of NBA 2K20. The controller uses a standard white faceplate with black/white thumbsticks. The controller also uses a unique speckled D-pad that includes a similar pattern to the one seen on the special edition console. The controller also includes unique purple/white A, B, X, Y buttons that are not seen on any other standard controller variant. White triggers and bumpers are also used, as well as a black backplate. September 6, 2019 Bundle Only
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Fortnite Special Edition
The Fortnite Special Edition controller was originally released only as a part of the Xbox One S 1TB Fortnite Battle Royale Special Edition Bundle which also included a purple console. Some time after the launch of the bundle the controller was eventually released on its own. The controller is completely purple, most likely based off of the color of the Fortnite logo. September 7, 2019 Retail
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Midnight Forces II Special Edition
The Midnight Forces II controller is an updated variant of the 2014 Midnight Forces Controller. The design of the controller is almost identical to its predecessor, however the updated model now includes Bluetooth and all other features of the second revision controllers. September 10, 2019 Retail
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Sport Blue Special Edition
Announced at Gamescom 2019, the Sport Blue is the third controller released as a part of the "Sport" series of controllers. The design is identical to past Sport controllers but this one is a light blue color. Microsoft also released a matching Sport Blue charging stand for the controller. September 17, 2019 Retail
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Night Ops Camo Special Edition
The Night Ops Xbox One controller was announced at Gamescom 2019 and released on October 22, 2019. The controller has a black, grey and brown camouflage design. October 8, 2019 Retail
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Elite Series 2
Announced during the Xbox E3 2019 event, three years after the first model, the Elite Series 2 was revealed. The Series 2 model includes a higher amount of customization. The Series 2 also has full rubberized grips. Unlike all other Xbox One controllers, the Series 2 cannot be connected via Micro-USB, instead a the Series 2 has a USB-C port for faster charging. The controller is also compatible with Bluetooth. November 4, 2019 Retail
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X019 Aquabrush
Officially unveiled on October 28, 2019 a Limited Edition X019 stylized controller was released to mark the occasion. Known as the Aquabrush Xbox Wireless Controller, it was created by DPM Studios and maharishi. The design of the controller is based on London and DPM’s heritage in camouflage design.

The controller was only put on sale for eight hours with only 1000 units being available to purchase.

November 14, 2019 Retail
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Phantom Magenta Special Edition
The Phantom Magenta Xbox One controller is the third entry into the Phantom series of Xbox One controllers. The other being the Phantom Black and Phantom White. The design is like the other variants but in a different color. The faceplate is colored in a translucent magenta color, allowing the user to slightly see a design within the controller. March 17, 2020 Retail
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Cyberpunk 2077 Limited Edition
The Limited Edition Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One controller was revealed and released on April 20, 2020. It was bundled with the Limited Edition Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One X console, as well as being available separately. The design of the controller is inspired by Cyberpunk 2077's various cities. The words "NO FUTURE" are inscribed across the controller. Red A, B, X, Y buttons are used like on the Volcanic Shadow controller that was released in 2017. April 20, 2020 Retail
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Arctic Camo Special Edition
The Arctic Camo Special Edition was one of the first Xbox One controllers to be released in 2020. It uses the design scheme of past controllers such as the Night Ops Camo Special Edition and the color scheme of the Winter Forces controller which was originally released in 2017. June 6, 2020 Retail

Fourth Generation (2020)[edit | edit source]

With the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in 2020, an all new Xbox wireless controller was created and bundled with each console. As well as the new Xbox consoles, the new controllers are also compatible with Xbox One consoles just like their predecessors and Windows 10 PCs like all third generation controllers.

The controller uses mostly the same design as previous models but has had it's shape slightly refined and a new D-pad and textured grips added. Rather than using micro USB as a wired connection like all other standard Xbox Wireless controllers, the controller has been switched to USB-C just like Series 2 Elite controllers.

This model was released on the Xbox Series X and S's launch and was initially available in three different colours, with a fourth being made available not long after the console launched.

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KFC Gaming
The KFC Gaming Xbox Wireless controller is a limited edition variant of the controller that was given away in a competition run by Xbox and KFC UK. The competition involved participants eating KFC each day and being able to go in the running to win an Xbox Series X. The competition ran from October 19 to November 15. A standard Xbox Series X console was given away every day, with this controller variant being given away as second prize in the giveaway. The controller was heavily criticized for its ugly design. October, 2020 Giveaway
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Xbox Series X Launch Team controller
The Xbox Series X Launch Team controller is a variant of the Xbox Wireless controller that was given out to Xbox employees that worked on the Xbox Series X and S. The controller was first shown by Larry Hryb on his Twitter on the day the new consoles launched. The controller was included in a a bag with a note from Phil Spencer. November 10, 2020 Employees
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Carbon Black
The Carbon Black Xbox Wireless controller is bundled with the Xbox Series X. It uses the same colour on all areas of the controller and uses the standard green, red, blue, yellow A, B, X, Y buttons seen on previous controller models. November 10, 2020 Retail
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Robot White
The Robot White Xbox Wireless controller is bundled with the Xbox Series S. It uses the colour white on all areas of the controller apart from a black colored D-Pad and thumbsticks. Like the carbon black controller, it uses the standard green, red, blue, yellow A, B, X, Y buttons seen on previous controller models. November 10, 2020 Retail
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Shock Blue
The Shock Blue Xbox Wireless controller was the third and final variant that was released on the Xbox Series X/S's launch. Unlike the Carbon Black and Robot White variants, it is currently not bundled with any console and only available on its own. The controller has a blue colored faceplate and thumbsticks and white colored back. The bumpers and triggers on the controller are black. All other buttons on the controller are blue. November 10, 2020 Retail
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Pulse Red
The Pulse Red Xbox wireless controller was the first variant released outside of the Series X and S's launch. It was released in early 2021. Like the Shock Blue controller it does not feature the same color in all areas. It has a red faceplate and thumbsticks and black bumpers and triggers. The backside of the controller is white February 9, 2021 Retail
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Electric Volt
On March 24, 2021 Xbox revealed two new variants of the Xbox Wireless controller, those being the Electric Volt and Daystrike Camo Special Edition. The Electric Volt controller was released first in late April. It uses mostly the same design as other basic Xbox Wireless controllers, this time featuring a yellow colored faceplate. As with the Pulse Red and Shock Blue controllers the backside of the controller is white. April 27, 2021 Retail
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Daystrike Camo Special Edition
Announced at the same time as the Electric Volt variant, the Daystrike Camo controller is the first special edition to use this model of controller. It is the third variant of the Camo series of controllers, with the first two being released in 2019. The faceplate of the controller uses a mix of red, black and brownish colors. The controller's triggers, bumpers and backside are fully brown. The A, B, X, Y buttons as well as the View, Menu, share button and thumbsticks are red. This controller also features fully textured bumpers and triggers unlike other variants of the new Xbox Wireless controller, which only have partial texturing on the controller's bumpers. The controller was released in early April 2021. May 4, 2021 Retail


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Xbox One controllers

  1. Unboxing the Xbox One Day One Edition (PAL). Video Game Shelf. Retrieved 03-30-2021
  2. Microsoft Launches Updated Xbox One Controller, and PC adapter. anandtech.com. Retrieved 06-07-2021
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