Microsoft unveiled a new line of custom Xbox hardware at Gamescom 2021, including a limited-edition twist on its Xbox Series X console. The star-speckled console presents a new look for Microsoft’s latest 4K flagship, themed around its biggest shooter of the year. The company also dropped a new variant of its premium Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 gamepad, donning Master Chief-inspired olive plating.
The devices surfaced during Wednesday’s Opening Night Live show, with preorders now going live via the Microsoft Store and third-party retailers. The devices release Nov. 15, 2021, providing ample time to get familiar with the gadgets ahead of the game’s release this December. We’ve rounded up all the details announced so far to increase your chances of securing these Halo Infinite goodies.
Halo Infinite Xbox Series X release date
Microsoft unveiled the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X console and Xbox Elite Controller at Gamescom 2021, with preorders opening shortly after their appearance on-stream. The two devices launch on Nov. 15, 2021, almost one month prior to Halo Infinite, slated for December 8, 2021.
Halo Infinite Xbox Series X preorder time
Microsoft has now opened preorders for the limited-edition Halo Infinite Xbox Series X console bundle and Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 via the Microsoft Store. The first wave of preorders opened shortly after 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT on Wednesday, with initial stock allocations stripped in seconds. High demand has seen web pages slowing to a crawl, with checkouts flickering with out-of-stock notices.
With the standard Xbox Series X stock already lucrative amid ongoing global ship shortages, you’ll need to hover over those refresh buttons for an opportunity to check out. We recommend regularly checking Microsoft Store listings throughout the evening for your best shot at securing either device.
Preorders are currently exclusive to the Microsoft Store, but with additional listings from third-party retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy expected over the coming days.
What’s included with the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X console?
The Xbox Series X first launched in Nov. 2020, but with ongoing global chip shortages throttling production, purchasing these latest-generation devices has proven challenging. That hasn’t stopped Microsoft from unveiling a limited-edition Halo Infinite-themed Xbox Series X bundle, doubling as the first custom variant of its best Xbox console.
The Halo Infinite Xbox Series X bundle costs $550 for the 1TB console with a custom controller. It swaps out the all-black casing for metallic black and grey, coupled with space-themed detailing and gold accents drawing inspiration from its sci-fi setting. The design references the mysterious Forerunner structures that dominate the Halo landscapes and star-speckled skies, which according to Microsoft, reflect views from the Zeta Halo ring. The device also has a blue-tinted fan, a nod to its iconic AI companion, Cortana, and custom sounds when booting up the console.
The limited-edition Halo Infinite bundle includes the Xbox Series X and an accompanying Xbox wireless controller mirroring the console design. This exclusive gamepad differs from the Xbox Elite Controller, building upon the new Xbox Series X|S controller, featuring a dedicated Share button and improved directional pad. Buyers will also receive a digital code for Halo Infinite an HDMI 2.1-compatible “Ultra High Speed” HDMI cable that supports 4K resolutions up to 120Hz refresh rates.
The standalone $200 Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 also underwent a similar transformation, with a metallic green faceplate and black grips akin to the Master Chief’s armor. A gold directional pad, blue-tinted LEDs, and 117 decals complete the look for Halo fans.
This Xbox Elite Controller features the same staples as its standard variant, including interchangeable paddles and directional pads, hair-trigger locks, and thumbsticks with adjustable tension. The controller also ships onboard Bluetooth, ideal for use with PC and mobile, plus a themed carry case with an integrated wireless charging pad.
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