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There's an official The Mandalorian-themed Xbox One controller, and though it is gorgeous, it does cost an arm and a leg.
Valued at $169.99, that's a $100 (ish) increase on the price of a regular, household, run-of-the-mill Xbox One controller. Feast your eyes on it, though. To celebrate the creative collaboration between Disney and Xbox ahead of the second season of The Mandalorian, this controller should have pride of place on the shelf of any Star Wars aficionado. The silver and scuffed plates of the character's armor make up the front of the controller, with metallic symbols on the grips.
The Mandalor is not a race, it's a creed and well, it's also now a controller.https://t.co/9AprFvYuyn pic.twitter.com/lTN3aSO9sC
- Xbox (@Xbox) October 26, 2020
Hiding on the back of the controller is The Child, or better known by the name the fans dubbed them, Baby Yoda. The rechargeable battery cover looks like an Imperial wanted poster for the adorable youngling, complete with the Empire's iconography and written in the Mando'a language. Not to be outdone, the charging station for the controller has the Mandalorian's helmet slapped in the centre, with two Amban rifles criss-crossed behind it.
You will notice that there isn't a Share button, as this is a current-gen controller and not one of the souped-up controllers for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Resultantly, it doesn't possess the new D-Pad nor the textured triggers, but it will still talk to the new consoles. Backwards compatibility has been championed time and time again on the advent of the new Xbox boxes, and that extends to the hardware as well as the software.
"This generation, we came out with the Elite controller, we've done work on controllers and people have invested in personalized controllers, the things that they love and we want to make those compatible with future generations of our console as well," said Xbox boss Phil Spencer a year ago. "So really, the things that you've bought from us, whether the games or the controllers that you're using, we want to make sure those are future compatible with the highest fidelity version of our console."
Cross-gen compatibility has also been a priority for Xbox, so that no Mandalorian is left behind when the consoles launch next month. Those playing Gears 5 on their Xbox One will be able to join in with their pals on the Xbox Series S or X with no hassle, and the additions to Game Pass (such as Doom Eternal) will bring more games to more people.
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