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Halo edition Xbox One controllers launched

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.

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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.

Halo 5: Guardians – New Central Character and Collectors Edition’s

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343 Industries and Microsoft has recently announced both Limited and Collector’s Editions of this years biggest (likely) blockbuster – Halo 5: Guardians. In addition to the newly announced packages comes a character to be introduced into the Halo story, Spartan Locke!

Launching in fall 2015 exclusively on Xbox One, Halo 5: Guardians continues the story of the Master Chief, and introduces a brand new central character to the Halo universe – Spartan Locke. Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. And when humanity’s greatest hero goes missing, Spartan Locke is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.

The editions and US estimated pricing is detailed below:

  • Standard Edition for $59.99 – Halo 5: Guardians plus an exclusive poster, only available to those who pre-order.
  • Limited Edition for $99.99 – Everything in the Standard Edition plus new digital content to enhance Spartan combat and exclusive items wrapped in a uniquely designed steel book.
  • Limited Collector’s Edition for $249.99 – Everything in the Limited Edition as well as additional content such as a commemorative numbered statue designed by 343 Industries. More details on the design to be shared at a later date.

The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta is still available to gamers who own Halo: The Master Chief Collection and you can read our full thoughts on that here.

Overall, I feel that Halo 5: Guardians retains the essence of why I loved Halo 2’s multiplayer – and although it may come loaded with all the mod cons of many other shooters on the market: zoomable weapons, kill cams, jet pack boosts and the ability to mantle objects, it still feels distinctively Halo – tea bagging included!