Microsoft Quietly Delays New Controllers and Adapter
Last week on Entertainment 2.0 we reported on Microsoft’s announcement of three new Xbox One controllers and a smaller version of the Xbox Wireless Adapter. The new controllers look great, and the adapter is about half the size of the unit it replaces. Understandably, we were excited about the new devices, and even more exited to get our hands on them. Unfortunately, all four of those devices have been quietly delayed.
Two of the new controllers were essentially just new designs. They are called the Volcano Shadow Special Edition and the terribly-named Green/Grey controller. They were due to ship on August 3rd for $69.99 and $64.99 respectively. The Patrol Tech Special Edition features as a rubberized diamond grip, and it was supposed to be available September 5th for $69.99.
All three of the newly-announced controllers have new release dates listed on the Xbox site. The Volcano Shadow and Green/Grey editions won’t be available until September 5th. The Patrol Tech Special Edition has been pushed back to September 26th.
The final device was a miniaturized version of their Xbox Wireless Adapter. It’s a USB dongle that allows users to pair up to eight Xbox One wireless controllers to a single PC. The functionality remains the same as the device it replaces, but it is housed in a significantly smaller case. They also moved the pairing button from the side (where it could be obstructed by a neighboring USB device) to the end of the device. It was to ship August 8th for $24.99. Unfortunately, this device has been delayed even longer. The official listing at the Microsoft Store has its release date set at January 31, 2018.
It’s not unusual for products to be delayed. It is odd for Microsoft to delay a product, especially by five months, with no information at all. The original announcement post on Xbox Wire hasn’t been updated either. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on these new devices as much as you are, so we’ll keep an eye on those release dates. If anything changes, or Microsoft provides a reason for the delay, we’ll make sure to let you know.