To rejoice Earth Day later this month, Microsoft is introducing a brand new Xbox controller partly made out of recycled plastics, together with leftover Xbox One era controller components.
One-third of the “Xbox Wi-fi Controller – Remix Particular Version” is comprised of “regrind and reclaimed supplies.” The regrind course of refers to recycling Xbox One controller components to create “uncooked materials” for brand spanking new controllers. The identical controllers additionally characteristic recycled components similar to “automotive headlight covers, plastic water jugs, and CDs” to fill out the plastic resin on the controller’s casing.
Consequently, the remix particular version controllers all sport their very own distinctive coloring. “Mixing post-consumer recycled resins with regrind consisting of beforehand molded coloured components creates customized, earth-tone colours with delicate variations, swirling, markings, and texturing —giving every Remix Particular Version controller its personal appear and feel,” the corporate says.
The opposite standout characteristic on the eco-conscious controllers is a chargeable battery, which might join over USB-C. Customers can count on as much as 30 hours of battery life per cost.
Whether or not Microsoft will use recycled supplies for all controllers stays unclear. However the firm says the remix version represents its makes an attempt to discover utilizing much less new plastics and lowering waste.
Present Xbox controllers may use rechargeable batteries, however it’s a must to purchase them individually at $24.99. In any other case the controllers use AA batteries when not related to a cable to the console, so you possibly can find yourself going by quite a few AA batteries, which will be wasteful.
The brand new controller arrives on April 18. Nevertheless, it’ll price $84.99, or nearly twice as a lot as a typical controller, which at the moment goes for $44.99. Pre-orders begin at the moment on the Xbox web site. The controller works with each Xbox consoles and Home windows PCs.