Microsoft’s Halo-themed Xbox Series X — one of the many announcements to come out of Gamescom Opening Night Live — is set to arrive on November 15th, nearly a month before the confirmed launch of Halo Infinite on December 8th. Preorders for the $549.99, limited-edition bundle went live at the Microsoft Store and Target on Wednesday, with initial preorder stock selling out in a matter of minutes. Thankfully, if you weren’t able to snag the Infinite-ready console earlier, Walmart is giving you another chance Wednesday, August 25th, at 8:30PM ET / 5:30PM PT, according to a Walmart spokesperson who confirmed the details with CNET.
Like with all next-gen console restocks, we suggest signing in to Walmart and updating your address and payment information before the preorders go live. You might also have better luck securing a console through Walmart’s mobile app, if you’re struggling to do so using your browser. Best Buy already has a landing page for the bundle as well, but we haven’t received any indication as to when the preorders would go live.
Microsoft's forthcoming, limited edition Series X commemorates the 20th anniversary of Halo. The console’s technical specifications are the same as the standard Series X, but the outward build takes design cues from the Halo universe. The top half depicts a starry sky as seen from Zeta Halo, and the green accents on top have been replaced with blue highlights — a callout to the long-established AI character, Cortana. The console also comes with a downloadable copy of Halo Infinite (upon its release) and a matching controller.
As for the console, the limited-edition model is designed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Halo, with gold accents, metallic plating, and a starry exterior that takes a cue from the franchise’s celestial setting. The console also comes with a downloadable copy of Halo Infinite (upon its release), a matching controller, and blue accents on the top vent instead of green. It even powers on and off with custom, Halo-themed sounds.
In addition to the limited-edition bundle, Microsoft announced a Halo-themed Xbox Elite 2 controller with a design that differs slightly from its bundled counterpart. The Halo Infinite Limited Edition Elite Series 2, as it is known, dons a green, Master Chief-inspired exterior, as well as a custom case and a gold D-pad. It launches on November 15th for $199.99, though initial preorders have already sold out at the Microsoft Store.