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Microsoft offers replacement parts for Xbox controllers now

Company starts program to enable users to repair their own controllers
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Anyone with a broken Xbox controller that was out of warranty was pretty much out of luck in the past, but Microsoft has begun a new program offering replacement parts for such cases – only US gamers can benefit from this for now, though.

The Microsoft Store lists six different packages of replacement parts for the Xbox Wireless Controller and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, which give owners of the input devices the necessary components to fix some common issues by themselves.

Users can buy the following replacement parts for both controller types:

  • Replacement Input PCBA: $33.99 / $59.99 (Elite)
  • Replacement PCBA and Motor Assembly: $34.99 / $49.99 (Elite)
  • Replacement Top Case (two color variations): $19.99 / $25.99 (Elite)
  • Replacement Buttons (two color variations): $21.99 / $23.99 (Elite)

Brad Rossetti, the chief of Xbox’ insider program, stated that Microsoft is looking for feedback regarding this entire program, so it sounds like this is a test run that could lead to an expansion of these efforts in depth and scale – if it’s received well, then more parts for more devices might be offered and other regions might also gain access to these options.

Legislatives in the US and the EU have recently shown great interest in so-called right to repair laws for electronic products, which would force companies to offer users of their products a repair service. Perhaps Microsoft is trying to get ahead of the game in this regard by offering users themselves the means to fix issues, which could keep the costs for the company down in the long term.

In any case, this is a great step in the right direction: It can save players a lot of money and it’s a fantastic way to increase the sustainability of the hobby by allowing users to repair their devices instead of having to throw them away and buy new ones.