We are, presumably, 3-4 months away from the launch of the Xbox Series X, and the unconfirmed Xbox Series S, yet an Xbox Series X | S compatible controller has surfaced. Twitter user, @Zakk_exe, recently scored one off of the C2C social marketplace OfferUp for about $40.
Microsoft has not announced a white controller nor a white console but it would be hard to believe that they won’t. The question is, How did a seeming production model make it into the wild?
While the box does seem a bit war-torn, it is quite probable that its journey from Microsoft’s hands may have been a treacherous one. The box appears to be legit with the exception of the box art that seems to not be typical production quality, almost looks like the controller is “drawn” when zoomed in.
The side of the box shows that the controller is compatible with the Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Windows 10, iOS and Android devices. For the first time, it also confirms the existence of an Xbox Series S model, which is presumably a digital-only version of the Xbox Series X.
The photos of the actual Xbox Series S controller when compared to the production shots and an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller 2 do check out with the exception of the D-Pad, which appears a bit too textured. This texturing has not been seen on a production Xbox controller nor is it in the production shots. While the box does mention the texturing on the shoulder buttons and triggers, it’s nearly impossible to make it out in the video posted by @Zak_exe. We’ve reached out to him for additional photos if available.
Finally, the Xbox Series X | S controller was able to sync to an Xbox One and is able to identify the correct controller on-screen. While this may seem to put the final nail in the coffin on its validity, I am still skeptical if this is a real controller or a really damn good mockup with a 3D printer. Then again, production PlayStation 5 models have made an appearance. Anything is possible in 2020.