Xbox Australia are celebrating the launch of PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds 1.0 with an extremely limited new Xbox One controller. On the surface of it, it doesn’t appear different to any other themed hardware — new colour scheme, limited run tied into a popular title — but there is a difference. It’s greaseproof.
Yeah, no, you read that right. Greaseproof. The controller has been hand sprayed with what Xbox Australia says is a patented urethane coating, making it resistant to “grease, sauce, seasoning and oil.” This coating, apparently called V2, made by a company called Colourware, will also repel a very small amount of water (say, maybe, sweat?) and make the controller more or less immune to everyday scratches. Finally, the controller bears a PUBG stamp and its unique Limited Edition number.
Why would they do this, you may be asking? Because once you claim a PUBG Chicken Dinner of your own, you’re probably gonna wanna eat it. After which your hands will be greasy. And rather than wash your hands, you might want to keep playing, for some reason. Which would make your controller greasy, and in that case Xbox Australia has you covered.
I’d like to take a moment here to remind Xbox Australia about basic hygiene, since it seems they’ve forgotten people can and should wash their filthy hands.
Okay, maybe they didn’t completely forget about hygiene. The press release did come with the following disclaimer:
The PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Greaseproof Xbox wireless controller is ready to fight off any chicken related substance on gamers hands but isn’t built to resist full/partial submersion or excessive splashing of any liquid. It has been coated in a urethane greaseproof coating making it resistant to grease, sauce or seasoning on the hands of gamers while playing Xbox One. The controller is not waterproof or water resistant. Xbox Australia is not liable for any damage caused to the controller due to improper use. To keep controllers in proper working order it’s recommended that gamers wipe off any grease, sauce or seasoning after each use with a damp cloth. Controller may retain the sweet smell of victory if used too often.
So, there you go. Its not bulletproof so don’t grease it up too much, you oily miscreant.
Jokes aside, for people who love collecting Limited Edition controllers, this will actually be one to go hunting for. When Xbox Australia says they’re limited, they mean it. There’s only 200 of these things in the entire world. If you love tracking down rare controllers then you’re going to want to keep an eye on the Xbox ANZ Facebook page this week. They plan to give ten of these greasy boys away, and seeing as the controllers won’t be going on sale, this will be your only surefire way to secure one.