April 2nd 2012 10:11 am PT

Announcing the Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controllers

Today we’re announcing the Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controllers. Available in Blue, Red and Silver these controllers also feature the transforming D-pad. 

The controllers will have an estimated retail price of US $54.99 each and will be available mid-May.
Color availability will vary by region, so please check your local retailer for specific information or visit xbox.com/accessories for more details.

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Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/Jaystaffo Jay Stafford

    The blue one is outstanding

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon


  • http://twitter.com/adlangx adlangx

    Fathers Day is coming soon…….

  • http://twitter.com/crunchewy Crunchewy

    Those look awesome… probably until you touch them. Finger print magnets. Heck, the glossy consoles are bad enough – these things you actually hold in hand. LOL.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DG26H7M7IX3ZSE3OIBBEQ4AX7M R G

    $55 for a controller? No thanks

    • Anonymous

      Hell, that is a normal price for a PS3 controller and the main reason my ps3 only has one controller.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DG26H7M7IX3ZSE3OIBBEQ4AX7M R G

        lol really? that’s awful

  • Anonymous

    Those look awesome. I’ll probably end up passing because the last thing in the world I need is another controller (I’ve got so many that one is still in the packaging) but man are they tempting, especially that red one.

    Also, they look like they have the transforming d-pad, which is a huge plus. I will never buy another 360 controller that doesn’t have that.

  • http://twitter.com/Sowee0 Gabriel Ayres

    I want one so bad! Such a shame this wont be available in brazil…

  • http://twitter.com/CraziedZombies Josh Cox

    Are they out now blue and red ones look cool :D ?

    • aStrangeDisease

      Is it mid-May yet?

      • http://twitter.com/CraziedZombies Josh Cox

         don’t be a jackass i didn’t see  that,  letters are small and the background is bright white 

  • http://twitter.com/basti_memphis basti

    no green :(

    • http://twitter.com/lightsup55 Timothy


      Anyone else like green?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HJAFW7W3N33WYZPW7KXPG3S4QM Randall

         I wud get one if there was green. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Ramsteinrig Rammstein

    UH’MER’KUH! :3

  • Anonymous

    $30 and it’s insta-buy. $55 is just too much for me I’m afraid.

  • http://twitter.com/BGCurator Randy Brown

    Will these come with a play and charge kit?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510024734 Daniel Dafoe

    No love for wired controller users, once again.

    • http://twitter.com/TehEmperorsHand Lew

      lol I know, right! Wireless pad just doesn’t sit right – 2x weight too!

  • aStrangeDisease

    OMG, I want! Sooo hawt! They would be even better without the colours on the ABXY buttons. I’d like if they were different shades of the controller’s colour; like the grey, transforming d-pad controller.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, what about standard black controllers with the transforming D-Pad?

    • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

      Yes, I agree, all the controllers should be like these with the transforming D-Pad and the concave sticks.

  • http://twitter.com/Shadowmen19 Shadowmen #19

    OOOOOO.Shiny @__@ I could use a new controller cause I’m thinking about trash my old one that is battery pack is held together with duct tape.

  • http://twitter.com/iKrill Antonio

    Looks awesome. Do they include the Play n’ Charge kit or are they ERP $54.99 because of LE?

    • Eric Woodley

       I am inclined to say because they are special edition. The original silver controller with transforming D-pad was $64.99, and it had the play and charge, and these are only $5.00 more than the standard black, or white wireless controller.

  • Anonymous

    I will defiantly pick one of these up. I need a new one for Halo 4. I might even keep it boxed until then.

  • Daniel Stein

    if there was a silver-black fade I’d be on board for sure..guess I’ll wait a bit

  • http://twitter.com/BtHRhyme Rhyme

    if i get any of these it’s gonna be the chrome one.

  • theConstruct

    Brilliant idea, an entire controller made out of a print magnet. /sarcasm

  • http://photovoltaik.bandcamp.com/ Ujn Hunter

    Why aren’t these D-pads standard? Does the C-3PO controller have this D-pad?

    • http://twitter.com/SevenDead1ySinz Jason Boyd

      All new controllers have the transforming D-Pad, including the C-3PO one (and yes, it is a chrome d-pad too)

    • http://twitter.com/blrogrl808 Lianne

      It does. A lot of the newer xbox limited edition consoles have it.

    • Anonymous

      Considering the price dropped $10, it looks like it’s getting to the point where it will be standard in the not too distant future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Coburn/1291126502 Steven Coburn

    these controller prices are getting out of hand :( cost as much as a game- jebus

    • Anonymous

      This is priced less than the original transforming D-Pad controller (Silver) which retailed for $65.

      In as far as this style of controller goes, it’s getting less expensive.

      • Anonymous

        but didn’t that come with a play and charge kit?

  • Anonymous

    Wow. They look pretty awesome.  I’d love to get that red or chrome one.  Could definitely see myself manhandling a green one too. Kinda surprised there’s no green since it’s an Xbox controller.

    • http://www.facebook.com/louismason Louis Mason

       OMG a green one would be boss. I love the blue one

      • Anonymous

        I agree, the blue one looks pretty sweet!

  • Anonymous

    wired please,i am only a few feet from the console and i have been through about 3 play and charge kits that just stop working after a year,so now i am wired only,much better

    • Anonymous

      Ni-MH batteries have a limited number of charges due to a charge circuit built into the pack.  Improper use of the Play and Charge kit can result in a significantly reduced life of a battery.  Only charge the batteries when they’re fully depleted and remove them from the charger immediately after they’ve been charged.

      It’s best not to charge the batteries while playing, although circumstances may require you to do so.  If at all possible, purchase more than one battery to keep charged and ready for extended play sessions. 

      It’s also recommended that you purchase the Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit, instead of using the Play n Charge Kit.  The same rules apply, charge only after fully depleted and remove once fully charged, but you get a battery with the charger, it charges the batteries faster and in my experience they seem to last longer.

      Also avoid dropping or allowing the batteries to hit hard objects, doing so can damage the charge circuit causing the battery to become inoperable. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/HarrySound Stephen Harrison

    What about the Sweat 

  • Anonymous

    $55? LoL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Kingslan/100000233787966 Rick Kingslan

    My only problem with the cotrollers – above the obvious ‘print magnet’ issue that’s been mentioned, is how the heck are you going to hold on to this thing in the middle of a heavy “Gears of War/CoD/Halo” multi-player session?

    I can see this thing squirting out of someone’s hands and embedding into the middle of the flat screen….. 

    Other than that, they LOOK nice.

    • Anonymous

      Grip strips.  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kuulamiles Kuula Miles

    Sweet, that will match my chrome faceplate perfectly!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002576443557 David Kines

    This is amazing. On the other hand I have a silver, black and white controller so maybe i’ll get a red for my sis, and a blue for my dad. He may like a white so I don’t know.

  • Anonymous

    Where’s green?

  • Anonymous

    That actually looks awesome. I am going to wait on some Amazon deals for it, but those look astounding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002367454310 Jonathan Stoffregen

    looks cool but i dont own a 360 :D

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T7LOQAEEWPFE7UBMQGVCTNELQI huck


  • http://www.facebook.com/jwhite898 John White

    looks awesome but.. looks like fingerprints might be a problem

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1115546526 Gromber Fox

    to expensive and too late, but i bought one XD

  • Anonymous

    I would use it to charge the batteries,but then eventually the battery pack would die,so then i would use it as cable only,but again within the year from buying it,that would stop working as well,had about 3 now

    Also,the controller is always ON(well the wireless ones anyway)…even when the Xbox 360 is off..go ahead and turn off your machine and your room lights,you can see a light still on obviously for quick start,i used to always take the battery pack out because the charge was just lasting some day or two

    so the end of last year i bought a wired black controller,not looked back as of yet,no messing about with the batteries is a blessing…and half the price of wireless :)

    I also had a separate battery charger and single AA batteries when i used to be on Final Fantasy 11 all day..burnt through them at an alarming rate as well

    I have also heard charging it from the 360 lessens the life as well,a friend of mine uses the usb on his PC to charge it…not sure if that works or not

    take into account from launch i have had some 2 weeks off my Xbox,and that was because i was in hospital…been on every day,i play on my Xbox 360 a lot

    quite happy with wired now,just hope MS carry them across to the next console :)

    • aStrangeDisease

      I noticed my older controller glowing slightly in the dark too, but I think the newer wireless controllers don’t do that anymore.

      I’ve also gone through a couple of play and charge kits. The better set-up is the quick charge kit. You can have one or two battery packs fully charged and ready for when you need them. It’s actually faster to switch out a battery pack than it is to plug in a charge cable too. It only takes about five seconds to restart your controller versus at least ten seconds to grab a cable and set it up.

  • http://twitter.com/Und3rdoggy Eric Alphonso

    If there was wired versions i would pick one up. Is there any chance of a wired version?

  • ElektroDragon

    I HAVE TO GET THESE! WOW!  How about a GREEN one?

  • ElektroDragon

    Green and purple please.

  • http://twitter.com/Krisdrops Cristo

    I would love a Green one!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2XEBXK7RJVCS6FQTESRZXRWXCA Chad Beall

    *Jizzes in pants*

  • http://twitter.com/williamronholm Anonymous

    Not sure how my chatpad will look attached to one of these, I`ll stick with the silver,colorless buttons controller for now!

  • Stef Man

    Available in the UK? Or only in America?

  • http://twitter.com/conman2323 Connor Broslow


  • http://www.facebook.com/ktomczak Kevin Tomczak

    Not real, just a April fools joke right?

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      I don’t do any April Fool’s jokes.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XOTBJKUR4IW74YLQH2LHQTE2BU Kairu

        Wooden Xbox

  • Anonymous

    Silver – Microsoft Store and Best Buy
    Blue – GameStop
    Red – Walmart

  • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

    For the US, the colors will be available a the following stores:

    o   GameStop – Blue
    o   Walmart – Red
    o   Best Buy/MS Store – Silver

    • http://twitter.com/boeboelord Boe2

      Once in a while this idiotic form of marketing leaks over to Europe (I’m looking at you, SSX), but that doesn’t stop me from being amazed every time again….The color you want decides what store you have to visit?? I can sort of understand the logic behind it (more loyal and submissive stores get the more popular colors. Not a chain brand? WELL: NO CONTROLLERS, GO AWAY), but for gamers this is yet another setback in the easy of use.

  • http://twitter.com/HTLoneWolf HTLoneWolf

    Anyone else hear the cash cows being milked?

  • Anonymous

    Pretty cool, my controller is starting to bow out on me so I might pick one of these up.

  • Anonymous

    So this is just a test to see what color the next console will be isn’t it? ^_^