Microsoft and Xbox have announced plans to celebrate Pride Month, which is June, and that includes a new Pride-themed Xbox controller that fans can customize using the Xbox Design Lab. New Pride-themed content is also heading to Halo Infinite and the Forza franchise this month.
In a blog postMicrosoft said last year’s limited batch of Pride controllers were well received, but fans wanted them to be more widely available. So this year, anyone living in a country where Xbox Design Lab is supported can create their own.
“This year’s Pride top case design brings together 34 community flags in a thin, interwoven fashion to celebrate the nuance, complexity, intersectionality, and strength of the many LGBTQIA+ communities,” Microsoft said. “You can customize all other parts of the controller with a wide color palette, metallic finishes, rubberized grips, and even add engraving to make your Pride controller unique to you.”
fans can build their own Pride Xbox controller from June 9.
“In celebrating Pride this year, we invite LGBTQIA+ communities and allies to unite in their support for justice and equality, and to amplify the voices fighting discrimination around the world. The Xbox Team shares our support for the LGBTQIA+ communities in-game, while raising awareness of current issues affecting these communities,” the Coalition’s Kate Rayner said in a blog post.
“It is more important than ever to recognize that systems of inequality based on sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class and other forms of discrimination intersect and ultimately affect us all. The global issues facing LGBTQIA+ communities are interconnected and we must seek to address them together,” Rayner said.
Also for Pride Month, Microsoft is donating $170,000 to LGBTQIA+ nonprofits such as OutRight Action International, African Rainbow Family, National Center for Transgender Equality, Mermaids, Lavender Rights Project, and Fulcrum UA.
Moreover, the Xbox Gear Shop has a new Pride 2022 collection for different product types, while developer Don’t Nod’s narrative adventure game Tell Me Why is free on Xbox and Steam for June. Xbox Publishing will host a Tell Me Why live event on June 23 to raise funds for Trans Lifeline, while Xbox will donate $25,000 each to the Transgender Law Center and Trans Lifeline.
In Halo Infinite, players can unlock the “Unity” nameplate and emblem simply by connecting them – check out below.
In Forza Horizon 5 players can unlock a new rainbow livery for the 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roaster. The livery is also available in Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsport 7 – see below.
This is just a small sample of how Microsoft is marking Pride Month. Check full Xbox blog post for more.