Microsoft’s Design-Your-Own Xbox One Controllers Staying US-Exclusive For Now

Launched in 2016, Microsoft’s Xbox Design Lab store is pretty cool. It lets you customize an Xbox One controller’s color setup to your liking and even add a name or a message. There are 8 million potential combinations, Microsoft says. But the design-your-own controllers are only available in the US and Puerto Rico. It looks like it’s staying that way for the foreseeable future.

Asked on Twitter if the Xbox Design Lab was coming to the UK, Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg said fans there should get comfortable. Although Microsoft has heard the feedback about bringing the store to other markets, it’s not going to happen, at least not yet.

“Not at this time unfortunately,” he said. “[The] team has heard the feedback from fans who want in more markets.”

Last year, Microsoft said the Xbox Design Lab would launch in other regions in 2017, though it remains to be seen if this is still the case.

Xbox Design Lab controllers are priced at $80 ($20 above the standard price), while adding a custom laser-engraving costs $10 extra, bringing the price up to $90.

You can choose the color of the controller’s bumpers, triggers, D-pad, thumbsticks, ABXY buttons, and view and menu buttons, among other things. The personalized message can be up to 16 characters in length.

If you live in the US, you can go to the Xbox Design Lab website to make your own controller now.

In other Xbox Design Lab news, Greenberg recently shared the story of a person who proposed by personalizing a controller to say, “Mandy, marry me?” She said yes.

Microsoft is the only platform-holder with an official design-your-own controller program.

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WrestleMania 33 results: Naomi recaptures the SmackDown Women’s title with submission victory

Naomi won the title she was forced to relinquish due to injury, and did so in an unexpected way.

The SmackDown Women’s Championship match was originally on the pre-show until WWE listened to fans unhappy about leaving a top card off of the main card of WrestleMania 33. So, they not only put it on the main card, but also moved it toward the end as the last SmackDown match on the card.

Alexa Bliss aggravated all of her coworkers and also her boss, SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan, by bragging about how much better she was than, well, all of them. So, he put her in a WrestleMania 33 title defense against any available woman on the roster, which ended up being Mickie James, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Carmella, and, once she returned from her knee injury, previous champion Naomi.

Now a Six-Pack Challenge, alliances formed and broke apart nearly as quickly, with pairs of women working together briefly until it all fell apart and everyone was out for themselves.

Naomi, maybe aware of the knee injury that caused her to drop the title before WrestleMania 33, finished off Alexa Bliss with a submission finisher rather than her typical split-legged moonsault, earning the victory and the SmackDown Women’s Championship once more. She joins Bliss as a wrestler to win the title twice, and managed to even win it back in front of her hometown Orlando crowd.

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NASCAR Martinsville 2017: Stage format induces hard racing, short tempers

NASCAR’s new three-stage race format made its short-track debut on Sunday.

How NASCAR’s new three-stage format would impact racing has been seen on a super speedway, three intermediate ovals, and a short oval this season. But it wasn’t until Sunday at Martinsville Speedway that the structure was implemented on a short track, and what unfolded was exactly what officials, drivers, and everyone behind the concept envisioned.

There was hard racing, frayed nerves, angry tempers — all elements one would normally see on the half-mile track — but these elements were also amplified because of the intensity brought about by the awarding of points when the first two stages concluded on Lap 130 and 260 of the 500-lap race.

As Martin Truex Jr. sped across the start/finish to claim the top position (and earn himself 10 bonus points), behind him Clint Bowyer bulled his way underneath Ty Dillon, then bounced off Dillon’s car to grab the final bonus point awarded for finishing 10th.

That drivers would resort to such physicality all in the name of points that can be applied to their playoff total was precisely what NASCAR sought when it announced the restructured format during the offseason.

Instead of drivers racing cautiously and with little concern for their position during the early and middle portions of an event — especially those who already had a win and were effectively locked into the playoffs — officials wanted to see drivers give maximum effort for the entirety of a race and reward that performance accordingly.

The extremes drivers would go to at the close of a segment were on full display as the second stage neared its conclusion on Sunday. Not wanting to fall a lap behind, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. doggedly raced leader Kyle Busch, who aggressively tried to maneuver around Stenhouse’s No. 17 car and keep his lead over second-place Chase Elliott.

Stenhouse’s ferocity was such that even after Busch had passed him, he drove hard into Turn 3 on the last lap and popped Busch’s rear bumper, which pushed the race leader up the track. This allowed Stenhouse and Elliott to pass Busch, putting Stenhouse back on the lead lap and giving an Elliott an additional bonus point.

What ensued during the caution period between the second and third stages was Busch going on an explicit rant directed at Stenhouse: “F****** 17. What a f****** f*****,” Busch radioed to his Joe Gibbs Racing team.

Following the STP 500, a calmer Busch would state he had no issue with Stenhouse’s aggressiveness — provided Stenhouse accepted the fact he may be subject to similar hard driving somewhere down the road.

“When you’ve got the leader to your outside and you just keep banging him off the corner, that’s pretty disrespectful,” Busch said. “But do whatever you want. You know, it’s going to come back and bite you one of these days. You’ve just got to always remember race car drivers are like elephants; they remember everything.”

Busch would go on to finish behind race winner Brad Keselowski, while Stenhouse rallied to finish 10th.

“I actually was rolling into Turn 3 and was kind of going higher out of my way in order to let (Stenhouse) back by and give him the lap,” Busch said. “That was my intent, and then he just drove through me.

“I was trying to be a nice guy, but nice guys don’t finish first.”

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