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This Is The Most Expensive Series X Controller

Considering the constant next-gen scalper problem, you pretty much have to be rich if you want to own the latest and greatest gaming hardware available on the market. Okay, so maybe it's not quite that bad (at least, not anymore), but still, buying a new console and peripherals could really set you back a pretty penny.

Just for grins: Imagine a scenario where you were rich, and you really wanted to flaunt your wealth by purchasing an excessive — perhaps even gaudy — custom console. How much would you be willing to sink into that fancy piece of hardware? One of the most expensive PS5 units you could buy is cast in 24 karat gold and would run you about $10K. Then, of course, there's the "Golden Rock" by Caviar, which would cost you a hefty six figures. Sure, it's a lot of money to spend, but it's a safer bet than buying a PS5 on eBay.

What about the Xbox Series X|S? Surely someone has dreamed up an exorbitant equivalent of Microsoft's latest console, right? Well, not quite. Despite the popularity of the console, nobody's made a super extravagant Xbox Series X|S — yet. However, there is a peripheral valued at a staggering price. It's time to take a look at the most expensive Series X controller.

This Xbox controller will set you back quite a bit

In February 2021, YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips uploaded a video titled "We're Making a SOLID GOLD Xbox Controller." The goal was to craft the most expensive gamepad for any system in the Xbox family. Considering the fact that this baby is constructed from 1.5kg of pure, solid gold, it's easy to see why this shiny controller takes the cake.

As the host of the video explained, the crew behind this project was advised "to cast [the] piece in bronze, then gold plate it." Of course, by then it was too late and the idea was already set. This team was bound and determined to make an Xbox controller out of solid gold.

In a follow-up video, the host discussed some of the issues they encountered, such as inflexible shoulder buttons and a stiff battery plate. Considering the fact that the team made everything out of gold, rather than the suggested materials, there was some uncertainty as to whether or not such a controller could be functional, or even properly assembled. Against all odds, the project was completed, and it was as aesthetically pleasing as it was functionally satisfying.

So how much did the materials that went into this hefty piece cost? The controller came in at a staggering $87,500 — way outside of many gamers' budgets. Sure, it's a beautiful gamepad, but it's fortunate that Microsoft doesn't cast all of its controllers in solid gold.