Microsoft has announced a fourth colourway for the Xbox Wireless Controller: Pulse Red. This version of the device joins the Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue versions which were made available around the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S.
For those hoping for a solid red controller you will be disappointed here. Much like the Shock Blue the back portion of the Pulse Red is white. We thought that this white secondary colour idea was to make the Shock Blue unique but it seems to be a standard for new Xbox controllers, at least for the time being.
On top of this red and white sandwich are black accents for the triggers, bumpers, and D-pad. White, black, red and white all in one controller.
The Pulse Red Xbox Wireless Controller launches worldwide on 9th February. Strangely China will get it first in just a few hours on 12th January. When it launches it will cost $64.99 (~R1 013), though the exact release day and price will depend on country.
Here in South Africa, for example, a new Xbox controller costs around R1 399. The aforementioned Shock Blue made it to South Africa – along with the more standard Carbon Black and Robot White – so we will likely see Pulse Red on our shores next month.
We’re still not sure how Microsoft can demand so much for a controller that doesn’t even have a rechargeable battery, but that’s an argument for another day.
Trying to sell the Pulse Red to us is Navin Kumar, director of Product Marketing, Microsoft. He speaks of some features of the controller in the latest post on the Xbox Wire website:
“You can wirelessly connect the new Pulse Red controller to your favorite gaming devices including Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One with the built-in Xbox Wireless radio. You can also play wirelessly on Win10 PCs and Android devices with Bluetooth Low Energy for remote play from your console or cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on the go. The controller remembers multiple devices, so you can quickly and seamlessly switch between previously connected devices, while connecting with USB to your console or PC is also an option,” Kumar says.
You can see a turnaround of the controller in the gif below –