The world is continuously striving to find better energy alternatives and devising strategies to contribute towards the well-being of planet Earth positively. This includes looking for renewable energy sources and recycling old materials to produce new ones.
Microsoft is one such firm looking to take such the initiative, announcing a new wireless Xbox controller dubbed the "Remix Special Edition," made up of recycled plastic. This lush green new controller comprises recycled content containing materials like automotive headlight covers, CDs, and plastic water jugs.
The special edition controller also has a rechargeable battery pack, but you can also use your own rechargeable AA batteries. The battery pack allows you to game for 30 hours when fully charged. The controller needs two AA batteries to run, or you can use a wired connection to power it up.
According to Microsoft, the old plastic was sourced from the leftover Xbox One generation controller parts in addition to the headlight covers, plastic water jugs, and CDs. The two-tone green color scheme complements the environmental aspect and the message behind the controller.
While the controller utilizes recycled material, only one-third of the materials are made up of recycled materials, according to Microsoft. The rest of the controller uses in-house materials. Besides the new custom green color and the fact that the controller is manufactured from recycled materials, it has no special properties and functions like any other Xbox controller.
Coincidentally, Earth Day is just a few weeks away, on April 22, 2023, and Microsoft plans to release the controller on April 18, 2023, just in time for Earth Day. The pre-orders for the controller are available right now for $84.99 retail price, which is slightly higher than a usual Xbox controller, given it comes with a rechargeable battery pack. And, of course, the exclusivity factor also plays a role in determining the price.