After a stellar showing at the Xbox Showcase, Microsoft’s limited edition Starfield-branded Xbox controller and wireless headset are now available to order.
Getting straight into the finer details, the Xbox controller features a white top case with grey, bronze, and burgundy accents, as well as NASA-punk inspired motifs and designs peppered across the surface.
Flip the controller around and you will find a contrasted burgundy red bottom with grey grips, while the triggers are uniquely transparent, complimenting the clean, technical aesthetics.
Meanwhile, the accompanying wireless headset features the same colourway and accented NASA-punk inspired motifs both on the surface and inside the earcups. Since the items are “Property of the Constellation,” you will also find the company’s signature colours emblazoned on the side of the headbands, which can also be found encircling the Xbox button on the controller. A nice attention to detail.
Besides this, the headset also features stylised rotary dials on either side of the earcups to adjust volume and fine tune the experience. Inside, the cans utilise the same 40mm neodymium drivers as the regular black headset, alongside a variety of spatial sound technologies. These include but not limited to Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone:X, all configurable via the Xbox accessories app.
Sadly, the connection remains limited to Bluetooth 4.2, and we think many would of preferred a more advanced and up to date Bluetooth 5.2 chipset for the price. Also, there is still no 3.5mm headphone jack in sight, a missed opportunity considering the Xbox controller has headset passthrough capabilities. Nonetheless, Xbox says the headset will net you 15 hours of battery usage per charge, and 30 minutes of charge provides about four hours of battery life. Consistent with most mid-to-budget priced cans in the same range.