Xbox celebrates 20 years in Scotland with unique Tartan controller


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launch of the original Xbox console in Scotland, Microsoft has marked the occasion with a unique set of controllers.

Draped in a custom tartan pattern produced by Gordon Nicholson Kiltmakers and woven by Lochcarron, Scotland’s oldest weaving mill, the pattern features five colors designed to echo the official Xbox brand colours.

The tartan is also not printed on plastic, as the actual material was layered onto the Xbox controller to create a one-of-a-kind, intricately designed device. As the Lochcarron team explained, the design proved to be a fascinating bridge between Scotland’s ancient history and its contemporary gaming culture.

Xbox UK fans who want to pick up the controller can enter a raffle on Xbox UK social channels for a chance to win it.

If looks could kilt.


It’s not the only unique hardware Microsoft has ordered recently, as the company decided to celebrate the launch of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in theaters with colorful and horrifying controllers decked out in faux fur. None of these designs are likely as durable as the waterproof Xbox controller that was used to promote PUBG’s console launch in 2018.

In other Microsoft news, the company has many more reasons to celebrate as it just set a new revenue record. The Xbox division reported total revenue of $3.74 billion, up 6% year-over-year, for its most recent financial quarter ending March 31.


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