Microsoft has announced a new, slightly more sustainable Xbox controller. Arriving as an Earth Day promotion, the Xbox Remix Special Edition wireless controller uses recycled materials from old gamepads, auto headlight covers and reclaimed CDs (among other sources) to give each accessory a unique look – but no special functionality. I’m totally OK with that.
Microsoft describes the combination of recycled resins with regrind as creating “custom, earth-tone colors with subtle variations, swirling, markings, and texturing – giving each Remix Special Edition controller its own look and feel.” While it’s hard to see that on the press images, it should result in a satisfying textured pattern on the bumpers and side grip. The company also bundles an Xbox Rechargeable Battery Pack with each gamepad, ensuring fewer AA batteries head to landfills.
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The company recently shut down its space launch operations.
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The company will fix ‘drifting’ Joy-Cons at no cost even if they’re no longer under warranty.
Nintendo has been repairing Switch players’ Joy-Con “drift” issues for free, even if they’re no longer under warranty, in North America since 2019. It then launched the same program in France and Latin America. Now, the gaming giant has expanded its free unlimited repair service for drifting Joy-Cons to the European Economic Area (EEA), UK and Switzerland “until further notice.” On its UK website, the company said it’s offering repairs in those areas “for responsiveness syndrome relating to control sticks.” And, it will fix the known problem for users even if it’s “caused by wear and tear.”
Published at Wed, 05 Apr 2023 11:15:01 +0000