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Ever dreamed of having your very own custom Xbox One? It might surprise you, but it’s quite easy to add your personalization to your console.
In this article, we take a look at the different ways you can customize your Xbox One from the ground up, with new colors, decals and more. We’ll also take a look at how you can create your very own custom Xbox One controller.
How to Customize Your Own Xbox One Console
Unfortunately, there aren’t any first-party customization options for the Xbox One, so if you want to add your personal touch to your console, you’ll need to go elsewhere. Thankfully, there are some very useful resources and services available online that should make customizing your console easy.
Here’s a look at some of the top customization options that are currently available.
Colorware Full Custom Xbox Design
If you truly want to build a custom Xbox One from the ground up, Colorware is a good place to start. Colorware is a service that allows you to pick and choose different colors for a brand-new Xbox One. You can choose the main body color, the bottom color and the color for your controller.
The cost is usually between $599 and $699, depending on your options, and all work will be done on a brand-new Xbox One S. The great thing about this approach is that it’ll be far more permanent than adding stickers or decals. The downside is that it does cost more, and you’ll need to buy a brand-new Xbox One S for it to work.
Wrap Your Xbox One with a Custom Skin
If you don’t want to fork out $600, or would rather customize an Xbox One you already own, you should check out Dbrand. Dbrand is a company that provides high-quality custom wraps that can be used to give your Xbox One a new look. The wraps are easy to apply, easy to take off and most importantly, they work so well that it’s hard to tell you even have a custom wrap on at all.
With Dbrand, you have the freedom to cover the front left, front right, top, bottom, sides, Kinect and controller with custom wraps. Each option listed above can have its custom wrap design. Some wraps are simple color changes, while others add unique patterns, such as black camo or marble.
The great thing about Dbrand is that they support wraps for the Xbox One, the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X.
Build and Buy a Custom Xbox One Controller
If you already have a custom Xbox One but want to take things a step further by getting a customized controller, there are several options.
The first option is to go straight through Microsoft, while the second option would be to go through a third-party service.
Xbox Design Lab
Head to Xboxdesignlab.xbox.com and you can build the Xbox One controller of your dreams.
The interactive tool at Xboxdesignlab lets you customize the color for every part of your controller. There are a total of 19 different colors to choose from, and 8 different sections of the controller to customize.
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You can customize the following:
- Main body.
- A, B, X and Y buttons.
- View/Menu buttons.
Once you’ve finished picking out custom colors, you can add your own custom engraving to your controller. You’re given up to 16 characters. The message will be engraved on the front of the controller, underneath the D-Pad and right thumbstick.
Once you’ve fully kitted out your custom controller you will be looking at between $79.99 and $100 to pay for the design. The base $79.99 price allows you to customize all colors, but you can add metallic colors in some areas, and add a rubberized grip on the back.
There are many third-party controller creators' services out there as well. Not only do these services offer more choices when it comes to colors and unique patterns for your controller, but some of the third-party services allow you to add extra buttons and functionality.
You can even build your very own custom Xbox One Elite controller with included back paddles, hairpin triggers and interchangeable thumbsticks.
The price for a custom controller on a third-party website can differ massively. We’re talking anywhere from $80 to $300, depending on who you go with and how many options you add.
Below, we’ve provided an overview of 5 of the most third-party custom controller websites:
What are your thoughts on these services? Would you pay extra money to have your Xbox One console and controller customized? When you think about it, customizing your Xbox One can help turn your everyday console into a showpiece that brings life to your room.
Alternatively, choosing the right colors and designs could help fit your Xbox One into the aesthetic and design choice you’ve picked out for the room you’re going to game in.