Yet another Xbox special-edition controller has seemingly leaked ahead of its official announcement, as collectors can apparently acquire an Astral Purple version of the peripheral in September. Astral Purple, it’s so hot right now.
Leaked by dataminer Billibil-Kun–who has a solid track record with these reveals–the Xbox Astral Purple controller will reportedly launch on September 19 and has an MSRP of $65. Interestingly, Astral Purple is a color option available through the Xbox Design Labs, which allows users to create custom controllers. It’s a very royal shade of purple on that site and is slightly darker than PlayStation’s Galactic Purple DualSense controller.
An Astral Purple Xbox controller via the Xbox Design Lab.
This is just the latest of several special-edition Xbox controllers released this year so far, as 2023 has already seen Stormcloud Vapor, Starfield, Sunkissed Vibes, Arctic Camo, Velocity Green, and Stellar Shift variants. Beyond the more vibrant designs and gradients, these are still the same Xbox wireless controllers mechanically. The fourth generation that was introduced with the Xbox Series X|S consoles in late 2020, these controllers have more refined ergonomics, textures, as well as a dedicated capture button.
In other Xbox console news, owners of the Series X console can soon dress those gaming devices up in themed wraps. October will see a Starfield console wrap launch, which makes the Xbox Series X look like a spaceship avionics module, and in November, there’ll be two camo wraps available.