If your Xbox 360 controller has taken a significant beating from all those late night gaming sessions (and you don't want to shell out $50 for a brand new one), there are some inexpensive ways to bring it back to life. Whether you're looking for a new shell or just some thumbsticks to replace your worn down ones, we'll show you how you can make your old controller look like new with some quick money-saving tips.
If you're not afraid of taking things apart, buying replacement controller parts can save you anywhere from $30-40. With a T8 torx screwdriver and some how-to knowledge (ifixit put together a handy tutorial), you can revive that beat up controller on the cheap.
Worn down thumbsticks are a pretty common reason for purchasing a new controller. In order to replace them you'll need some new thumbsticks (which can be purchased for just a few bucks on eBay) and a T8 torx screwdriver ($4.99 on Amazon). You can even swap out your standard gray thumbsticks for some all white or black ones.
If you're looking for a new controller shell, replacing it is pretty straight forward. There are a number of cases out there, but you probably want to opt for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) shells for their quality. With a quick ebay search you can snag a new OEM case for around $10. Although third-party shells are available in a variety of colors, they can be pricier and a bit rough around the edges. There are however some inexpensive options on Amazon (and eBay if you just look around).
Always be aware of what controller parts you're buying! Some cases come with thumbsticks/d-pad/buttons, while others don't, so it really all depends on what parts you're looking to replace. There's money to be saved as long as you know what you're looking for.