Xbox’s custom Fallout controllers will leave you bankrupt

Xbox’s custom Fallout controllers will leave you bankrupt
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Tom Chapman

Published 

6th Mar 2024 15:33

We're here for the Fallout renaissance that's going on right now, and while Bethesda busies itself on The Elder Scrolls 6 instead of the next chapter of its apocalyptic adventure, Amazon's live-action Fallout series is basically Fallout 5 - even if we can't play it.

Fallout is repeatedly trending on Twitter/X, and companies are trying to get in on the hype by releasing weird and wonderful merchandise. Jones Soda Co. has released its own Nuka Cola, while Fallout overlord Microsoft can't help but want a piece of the action. Something special is coming out of the vault, but it'll cost you. 

Microsoft's custom Xbox Fallout controllers cost a small fortune

Xbox custom Fallout controller
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The Xbox Design Lab is back in a big way, and while we're yet to really see the payoff of Fallout becoming an Xbox exclusive, at least we can show our love for the franchise with our peripherals. Fallout controllers are nothing new, but this is an official collab with Microsoft. 

There are plenty of design options when it comes to custom Fallout controllers. Whether you want metallic gold or hot pink, Fallout fanatics can show their pride with the Vault-Tec-themed Xbox logo and iconic Vault Boy mascot adorning their controller. The problem is the price.

The custom Fallout controllers start (emphasis on the start bit) at $84.98/£72.98 and will obviously cost you more for add-ons like metallics, rubberised grips, and engraving. While we all love a bit of Fallout, the idea of paying more than what Fallout 5 will eventually cost has us questioning whether it's worth it. 

Microsoft is sleeping on Fallout

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Releasing a custom Fallout controller is all well and good, but it's only highlighted the fact that Microsoft seems more willing to make money off Fallout merch than give us more games. One critic grumbled, "Looks brilliant, but £72 isn't it for a standard controller."

Another added, "More controllers than games," and a third said, "Sweet! When do we get the Fallout 4 next gen patch? Would go great with this controller. Just sayin." While we're told that the long-promised Fallout 4 new-gen patch is on the way, things have gone pretty quiet now. 

We know that Bethesda has been busy trying to get Starfield firing on all cylinders, but with the Shattered Space DLC hopefully just around the corner and production having officially started on The Elder Scrolls 6, Fallout has been left out in the cold. Sorry, it'll take more than a controller to make us forget you've banished Falloiut to the nuclear wasteland. 

Tom Chapman
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Tom Chapman
Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.
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