Halo, Microsoft’s crown jewel Xbox franchise, has been squeezed such as a tube of old toothpaste in as much directions as the business can manage. It’s been collated right into a collection, spun off on smartphones and PC, and formed the foundation of books, comics, a live-action television set series, anime, and a good short film. In the end these years, you’d be forgiven in let’s assume that the barrage of Halo products might diminish, but you’d be wrong – at Gamescom 2015 in Germany, Microsoft revealed a particular edition Xbox One console to commemorate the upcoming release of Halo 5: Guardians, the hottest entry in its flagship FPS series.
The most recent sacrosanct object of Halo desire sports a gunmetal grey and blue design informed by Halo 5 lore. The $499 SKU ships with a custom controller that shares the same color scheme – a controller that’ll be accessible separately for $69.99 – and ups internal storage to 1TB. And, as you may expect, the bundle packs a variety of Halo 5 goodies: a complete Halo 5: Guardians download and in-game bonuses, Halo-inspired console sound files, a Guardian model by Metal Earth, and a copy of Halo: nov Reach animated series. The Halo Xbox One bundle is designed for pre-order now and can ship on October 20, weekly before Halo 5 hits store shelves.

A $100 premium for what amounts to a fresh coat of paint might prove a hardcore sell. The brand new Xbox One model substantially omits Kinect, an accessory that comes bundled with some standard, 500GB consoles at the same $499 price. Eschewing Kinect nets a straight better deal – $350 for a 500GB console. Assuming you’re ready to sacrifice some Halo memorabilia, it’d make a lot more financial sense to get a typical console and a beefy external hard disk drive.

Some might argue the Halo console confers value by exclusivity. The problem is that special edition Xbox One models just aren’t that special anymore. So that they can prop up sales, Microsoft’s released a metric ton of custom-made consoles in the last couple of months – a FIFA 16 bundle, Gears of War bundle, Halo Master Chief bundle, and Forza bundle. That’s not saying hardcore fans won’t derive some satisfaction from running a little bit of Halo history, but less diehard players should think twice.

A two-toned Xbox One isn’t the only new Halo-themed hardware Microsoft revealed yesterday. The $69.99 Master Chief Wireless Controller, which features green and metallic accents designed to evoke the main topic of the series’ signature armor, will continue sale starting in early October. And Microsoft’s partnered with ASTRO to launch a restricted edition, $220 A40+MixAmp M80 headset with a matte finish and blue accents. They�