New Tech Series Xbox One controllers promote comfort, accessibility

The Xbox One Recon Tech Special Edition wireless controller will hit retailers and the Microsoft Store on April 25 in the U.S. and May 4 in the UK. Microsoft said on the Xbox Wire that military tech and sci-fi mechanical gear served as inspirations while developing the line.

Microsoft's new Copilot controller functionality promises to make gaming accessible for those who have disabilities or special needs, broadening the Xbox One's player base.

The controller will be available in Australia May 8 for a steep $99.95, still half the cost of an Elite wireless controller.

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The first entrant into a brand new "Tech Series" of designs is the Recon Tech Special Edition, which the company says has been inspired by military tech. You may learn a bit more about the controllers by reading the excerpt below.

The first release in the new range is the Recon Tech Special Edition which will be available to buy for $69.99 United States dollars from April 25. Past year also saw the launch of color-customizable Design Lab controllers for the Xbox One, which players can build online via a web interface and order for shipment. They do however feature rubberised grips on the back as well as "premium finishes", so it's certainly a step up from the standard range of controllers.

The newest Xbox One controller looks like it fell off of a cyberpunk mercenary and, honestly, I love it. "You can also take advantage of the custom button-mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories App, available for download from the Xbox Store or Windows Store".

  • Regina Walsh