Microsoft Announces 20th Anniversary Xbox Hardware

Posted on October 7, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Hardware, Xbox with 8 Comments

Xbox will celebrate its 20th anniversary on November 15 and Microsoft is marking the milestone with some new hardware.

“November 15 will mark 20 years of gaming together,” Microsoft’s Jessica Tsujikawa writes. “Fans helped shape what Xbox is today and we can’t wait to see what the next 20 years will bring.”

Microsoft has announced two new Xbox hardware peripherals that are styled in OG Xbox translucent green. They are:

20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller. Described as a “fresh spin on the translucent green of the original Xbox Debug kit,” this new controller features a translucent black finish with silver internals, nostalgic, green Xbox button, and green back grips and hybrid D-pad. It will be available November 15 at $69.99 and can be pre-ordered today from the Microsoft Store.

20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox Stereo Headset. Based on the new Xbox Stereo Headset, this 20th Anniversary Special Edition features a translucent black body with silver internals and green accents on the boom mic and inside and outside of the earcups. The headset will be available on November 15 for $69.99 and can be preordered today from the Microsoft Store.

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8 responses to “Microsoft Announces 20th Anniversary Xbox Hardware”

  1. will

    Just tried to order the controller, it is "Out of Stock". 😩

  2. yoshi

    I got my pre-order in for the controller. I'll be calling a therapist later today to go over my addiction to buying Xbox controllers.

    • christianwilson

      The last time I bought a controller, my wife gave me "the look" and I knew it was the last controller I would be buying for quite a while.


      We had a conversation about getting an Xbox Series X at one point and she asked me if we could buy one without a controller because I had too many.

      • yoshi

        About 3 months before the XSX was released, my wife looked right at me and said "What if we don't have the money to spend when it's time for you to pick up your pre-order?" I looked right at her and said "It's not a choice. I'm getting it no matter what. I make this purchase once every 8 years or so, it's a thing that is happening". She stormed away mumbling about how I don't care about our family, or something.


        Moral of the story - I'm a terrible person.

        • christianwilson

          So, uh, I sent my wife a picture of the 20th anniversary controller with the expectation she would laugh at me.


          Instead she asked how much it was and said "It does look pretty cool."


          I just pre-ordered it before she changes her mind.

          • yoshi

            I found that collecting MS Rewards helps ease the pain of these purchases. For the 20th controller, it only ended up costing me $9.99 after I applied my saved up points. Much easier to explain spending ten bucks for something you don't need, compared to 70 bucks.

  3. MoopMeep

    They should take the current controller and make one that is twice as big. That would commemorate the original huge controller for the xbox….. which i thought was ok at the time but i now agree maybe it was a little bit too big

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