We check out the new Shock Blue and Robot White Xbox Wireless Controllers

Xbox is set to release brand new variants of wireless controllers in the Philippines and we got sent a special package to check them out.

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Xbox is set to release brand new variants of wireless controllers in the Philippines and we got sent a special package to check them out early. Here’s what to expect in the new Xbox Wireless Controllers coming this July.

Microsoft controllers have always had a soft spot in my heart. Their bigger-than-usual design from the early Xbox 360 days fit perfectly with my relatively big hands. The more rounded edges add a comforting effect, especially during longer play sessions and more hand-movement-intensive games. 

After getting early hands-on with both the Robot White (Merlin) and Shock Blue (Vauxhall) Xbox Wireless controller variants, I’m glad to say that Microsoft still kept the core design philosophies I loved the most whilst giving it a modern update to look and feel better when using it. 

What’s in the box?

Opening up the package of the new Xbox Wireless Controllers gives you most of the essentials you’ll need. Here’s what you can find inside:

  • 1x Xbox Wireless Controller
  • 2x AA Batteries
  • 2x Manuals
  • 1x Free 14 days Xbox Game Pass Ultimate code

While it not including a USB-C cable is a bit of a bummer, you can use any existing one you already own should you wish to go for a wired connection. 

Designed for comfort

The new Xbox Wireless Controllers feature sculpted surfaces and a refined geometry for enhanced comfort and effortless control during gameplay. The back case and the trigger buttons have textured grips that make it feel better to hold during use. It’s a very subtle touch and yet does wonders when compared to other controllers that have a more smooth surface.

The matt-like finish makes it look and feel more like a premium product. The entire physicality of the controller just feels great to use with a sturdy body and fantastic button placements. There’s also a 3.5mm audio headset jack which is always great to have. 

The only very minor downside is the clicking noise of the hybrid D-pad can be a little too loud compared to other controllers in the market. This can make it feel like the controller is cheaper than it actually is. Again, this is a very minor gripe and something that I’m sure most of you will barely notice. 

The new Xbox Wireless Controllers can quickly pair and switch between Windows 10 PCs, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Android and iOS phones, or tablets on a Bluetooth connection. It’s a very easy setup that only involves a click of a button that will take no more than 5 seconds. 

If running on battery power, the new Xbox Wireless Controllers can go for up to 40 hours of use. If you run out of spare AA batteries, you can always opt for the plug-and-play option of a USB-C connection. 

If you want to make the controller more of your own, you can customize button mapping with the Xbox Accessories app. The entire product is just designed for comfort and convenience on top of an already solid physical framework. The controllers have a nice weight to them at about 287 grams. They never felt too heavy or too light on my hands. 

Should Robot White or Shock Blue might not be your favorite shade, there are also Carbon Black, Pulse Red, or Electric Volt variants. All of which look equally fantastic. 

The new Xbox Wireless Controller prices will start from ₱3,890 and be available from July 2023 in the Philippines.