On Friday October 2, 2015 Microsoft released two new limited edition controllers, to commemorate the release of the next title in the hugely popular Halo series.
There are two versions available to purchase, the green and gold Master Chief version, and the blue and silver Spartan Locke version (only available at GAME). So I did what any deserving Halo fan should do, and treated myself to the Spartan Locke edition.
When opening the box for the first time, you really get a sense of how much time and care went into designing the aesthetics of the controller. Featuring the squad numbers down one side of the controller, and medal icons on the other, the design encapsulates the essence of Halo. The etching on the controller is subtle, but really adds to the overall design, echoing the style of Halo, its interface, and the armour and weapon design. There is also a light grip etched into the handles, which add both style and comfort to the controller.
Both the Master Chief and Spartan Locke versions utilise the new and improved Xbox One controller, which includes a separate 3mm headphone jack for those times you don’t wish to be sociable, improved triggers, bumpers, and directional pad. The new style controller feels much sturdier, more responsive, and most importantly, more accurate. The triggers feel softer, but appear to have a smaller area of effect, lessening the amount of time between press and action. The bumpers also feel solid, and now activate throughout the whole bumper, reducing the need to find the “sweet spot” when using them.
I spent a few hours testing it out on Destiny, of course, and found that the responsiveness of the new controller was top notch. However, I’m not sure if it was just my aging thumbs, but they started to ache much sooner compared to when using the previous iteration of controller. Everything feels much tighter, but also much stiffer, however I’m sure this is just due to it being new and needing to be “broken in”.
Overall, as both a limited edition, and a new style controller, I highly recommend spending out the extra cash for one of the Halo edition controllers. With the beautiful aesthetics, and the much improved buttons, it’s certainly worth the investment.
Both the Master Chief and Spartan Locke controllers are available for a RRP of £59.99, with the Spartan Locke controller available exclusively at GAME. Each controller also comes with a special code to unlock a bonus REQ Pack, including the Resolute visor, to be used within Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo 5: Guardians is set to launch on October 27, on Xbox One.