There’s isn’t much to complain about when it comes to Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Controllers, but there’s a new option on the horizon for those who are feeling nostalgic for the company’s older hardware. Hyperkin, a gaming hardware development company that specializes in consoles and accessories for multiple generations of gamers, has announced that the Xenon, its replica of the official Xbox 360 controller, will be available for purchase beginning June 6, 2023, for $49.99. Licensed with Designs for Xbox and compatible with Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PCs, the Xenon features some welcome upgrades from the original design, including Menu, View, and Share buttons, as well as a detachable Type-C cable. Hyperkin has confirmed that it will begin taking pre-orders for the Xenon through the Hyperkin Store on May 5.
“I remember when the Xbox 360 came out, it was a revolutionary experience,” Suzuki said. “Online multiplayer, digital downloadable games, and a controller like no other. I have such fond memories with the Xbox 360, and we are so excited to bring some of that nostalgia back to modern consoles with the Xenon controller.”
Hyperkin Xenon Xbox 360 Controller Features
- Precision analog impulse triggers
- Modern amenities for Xbox Series X|S: Menu, View and Share buttons
- Vibration feedback for realistic experiences
- 3.5 mm headset jack
- Detachable Type-C cable
From a Hyperkin press release dated 11/22/22:
First, let’s set the scene: George Lucas concluded his Prequel Trilogy with Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down” hit No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Microsoft released one of the most highly-anticipated and widely- enjoyed video game consoles of all time – the Xbox 360. 2005 marked a turning point in entertainment.
Today, Los Angeles-based video game hardware developer, Hyperkin, has announced they will be releasing the Xenon, a replica of the official Xbox 360 Controller – licensed with Designed for Xbox – now updated for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Windows 10|11 PCs. In 2018, Hyperkin released the Hyperkin Duke, a replica of the Original Xbox controller. The Xenon is named after the codename of the Xbox 360’s first console iteration. Hyperkin Product Developer, Slade Dude Suzuki, experienced the Xbox 360 launch date as a young gamer.
In 2021, Hyperkin released an Xbox 20th anniversary edition and a Halo 20th anniversary Cortana edition version of the Hyperkin Duke. The Xenon project marks the natural progression of Hyperkin’s relationship with Xbox.
Although a replica of the official Xbox 360 controller, the Xenon will include some modern amenities for the Xbox Series X|S. It will initially come in four colors: black, white, pink and red.
The Xenon, a replica of the official #Xbox 360 Controller – licensed with Designed for @Xbox – for Xbox Series X|S/Xbox One/Windows 10|11 PCs. Launching 6/6/23 at $49.99— Hyperkin (@Hyperkin) March 16, 2023
Full circle. Back in control.
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