The Xbox 360’s white gamepad is coming back for modern systems

The Xbox 360’s white gamepad is coming back for modern systems

The Xbox 360’s original, white controller, which launched with the console — oh dear heavens, now 17 years ago to this very day — will return to life as an Xbox Series X peripheral thanks to Hyperkin, the peripheral makers behind the phat-and-phabulous Duke reboot for modern hardware.

Called “The Xenon” (for the Xbox 360’s first development codename) the throwback gamepad comes in four colors: pink, red, and the classic white and re-release black familiar to most. The Xenon may be used with any Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, or Windows PC. Pricing and availability were not mentioned in Tuesday’s announcement.

Although the buttons, thumbsticks, and directional pad look like 1:1 matches, there are also menu, view, and share buttons to support current capabilities. A promotional slick from Hyperkin said the controller has a rumble feature, but it didn’t specify whether that goes through the triggers, as has been the case from Xbox One forward.

Unfortunately, the Xenon is a wired controller only, though at least it’s not hard-wired. (The USB-C cable is detachable). The same went for the remade Duke, however, and that seemed to be a small price to pay for nostalgia.

It’s still nice to look at. It actually reminds me of the spring I spent living with my grandfather after the 2008 financial meltdown, playing 1 vs. 100 with friends in other timezones after he went to bed. Good times, long gone.