Xbox ‘Remix’ controller features more recycled materials for Earth Day

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Microsoft has revealed the Xbox Wireless Controller – Remix Special Edition, a new limited edition controller that emphasises the use of recycled plastics and resins to mark Earth Day, while also highlighting the company’s push toward more sustainable practices.

The Remix controller has taken inspiration from the natural world for its colours, the front case inspired by lichen in the Pacific Northwest, while the new plastic mould for the bumpers, triggers and side grips have a topographical texture to them.

What will make this controller unique is that the colours come from a process called Regrind. This turns to Microsoft’s own production lines to take leftover Xbox One era controller parts, and reprocess them alongside new plastics to create new Xbox Series controllers, which have had a subtly refined shape. It’s a similar idea to the regular post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins that are also being used, which reclaim material from car headlight covers, plastic water jugs and CDs.

By weight, around one third of the controller’s plastics come from recycled sources for the exterior, and around half for the internal component. This point will be accounted for across the entire production line and individual controllers will have some variance.

Xbox Remix controller comes with rechargeable battery

The Xbox Remix controller will also bundle in the Xbox Rechargeable Battery Pack instead of coming with a pair of single-use batteries as the rest of the Xbox controller line up does. This, however, sees Microsoft bumping up the price from $60 to $85 – Xbox gamers are better off using rechargeable AA batteries, to be honest. Companies could also drive change by making these partially recycled products cheaper than non-recycled ones.

Microsoft has been integrating PCR into their hardware since the start of this generation. The Xbox Series S uses PCR for a portion of its plastics, and in 2021 they started to bring them into the controllers as well, both for bespoke editions and the revived Xbox Design Lab. Not all colours use PCR at this time, and we’d like to see Microsoft make this information more readily available and stated on the product page.

Also important for sustainability has been Microsoft’s decision to keep the last generation of accessories compatible with Xbox Series consoles (and new accessories backward compatible to Xbox One). Xbox One controllers are just as usable with Xbox Series X as they were 9 years ago, and the Bluetooth equipped controllers that debuted with the Xbox One S have been updated with support for Bluetooth Low Energy and the new Xbox Low Latency feature. Keeping electronic devices usable helps prevent them becoming e-waste.

Source: Xbox

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