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Microsoft’s Sonic Xbox Controllers Are The Stuff Of Nightmares

Microsoft’s Sonic Xbox Controllers Are The Stuff Of Nightmares
Images via Paramount Pictures | Microsoft

Written by 

Tom Chapman

Posted 

23rd Mar 2022 10:27

Furries are in luck, as Microsoft's latest collaboration brings together a certain spinning hedgehog, his spiky nemesis, and our love of video games. Sadly, this one will be haunting our nightmares for years to come. Honestly, Sonic hasn't looked this scary since someone put him in Fall Guys

With Paramount preparing for the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, it only makes sense that someone cashes in on the hype of the video game icon. Sadly, SEGA is just a shadow of its former self, meaning a Sonic-themed Mega Drive wouldn't really sell well these days. This gap let Microsoft swoop in and scoop up all those golden rings in *erm* style. 

What Are The Sonic Xbox Controllers?

Sonic the Hedgehog Xbox
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Xbox Wire has announced the special Xbox Series S and matching controllers to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog 2's release on April 8. The movie is a rematch between our speedy hero and Jim Carrey's Dr. Robotnik, with the return of familiar faces like James Marsden and Tika Sumpter. We'll also see more of Tails following his post-credit tease last time, while Idris Elba is playing a (non-sexy) Knuckles the Echidna

Knuckles and Sonic are the main attraction here, so it's no surprise the collaboration focuses on the pair. The blue and red controllers honour the pair, but for some reason, Microsoft has made them furry. Given that hedgehogs and echidnas are known for their spikes, we're not sure why. Then again, you can't exactly give kids controllers covered with quills. 

Although the themed Xbox Series S is a nice touch that follows Microsoft's long line of collabs like the Shang-Chi Xbox or even Xbox-themed luggage, the controllers look like a logistical nightmare. Imagine getting sweaty while playing Halo Infinite, only for you to come away with brightly coloured werewolf hands. If you want the console and controllers though, you simply have to enter the competition via Twitter.

 

What Have Fans Said About The Sonic Xbox? 

It turns out, we weren't alone in our fur-flocked nightmares. When the competition was shared on Twitter, the replies soon filled with questions about why anyone would want this. One critic fumed: "Instead of bringing out furry controllers, how’s about your regular controllers stop getting analog stick drift & LB/RB buttons that stick in less than a year? Even when you take great care of them, keep ‘em clean, & don’t drop them??"

Someone else joked, "Made from 1970's toilet seat covers that were perfectly preserved!" A third simply concluded, "Made from the carcasses of Elmo and Grover." It turns out, the replies are more popular than the actual post itself - talk about being ratioed. Microsoft seems destined to keep rolling out these, one of a kind, Xboxes, and while they continue to get even weirder, we bet it would be worth a fair bit on eBay. 

 

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