Xbox announces 20th-anniversary see-through Xbox Series X gamepad

November 15th marks the 20th-anniversary of the original Xbox's release

Xbox 20th-anniversary accessories

I’m a sucker for unique controllers, especially when they’re for an Xbox console.

In a blog post, Xbox showed off several translucent accessories for the Xbox Series X that will release on November 15th, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the original Xbox’s release.

The special edition controller aims to be a throwback to the transparent gamepads that shipped with the original Xbox’s debug kits. There’s a bit of green on the D-pad and back grips, but overall it’s a pretty sleek and understated design. Inside, it’s the same gamepad that ships with the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

The special edition gamepad is currently available for pre-order at the Microsoft Store for $79.99.

Microsoft’s Xbox Stereo Headset (not the wireless version) is also getting a 20th-anniversary see-through special edition model with green accents, but only its earcups are translucent.

The headset costs $79 and is available to pre-order now from the Microsoft Store (strangely, it costs $5 more than the regular version).

While these accessories are undeniably cool, what’s difficult for me to comprehend is that the original Xbox was released 20 years ago. Smash Mouth was right; the years start coming, and they don’t stop coming.

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