By Jonathan Charles | Jul 28, 2012 12:06 PM EDT
Halo 4's Limited Edition Console seems to be looking better, the closer it gets to the game's November release. Microsoft's press shots displayed a console looking blue, but the console has been displayed in all its translucent glory in a new blog post at Halo Waypoint.
The majority of available information on the impending console is already known. The Limited Edition Console is launching alongside Halo 4 on November 6. It's priced at $399.99 and has a 320GB of storage, comes with two controllers that are themed like the console and a copy of the game, along with various DLC extras for the game are included.
343 Industries provided a backstory on the console. The company said that it wanted to create a Forerunner-themed Xbox 360 differing from past Limited Editions. The developers even experimented with external objects on the console, but concluded that the stability of the console became compromised.
343 Industries asserted its claims on its Waypoint blog saying that "Now, interestingly, you can do certain types of paint, finish, and material, but structure is dangerous. We'd talked about bevels, bass-relief, extrusions and carvings, but the reality is these three dimensional elements can have serious issues with heat dissipation, Wi-Fi signal strength, and more. So lots of our more hair-brained schemes ended in the cold reality of, you know, making sure the console actually works".
An in-game object inspires the translucency (though it isn't a 1:1 emulation), which potential players are yet to see.
The on-off and eject disc sounds haven't been detailed; however, during a 343 Industries panel at San Diego Comic-Con the sounds seemed to be from the new Promethean enemy class. The developer said that "They're not verbatim recreations of specific in-game items, but rather custom-tuned elements that have a kind of crystalline metallic quality".
"We went through dozens of variants - and the real challenge wasn't finding cool sounds, it was finding sounds that worked well at the low volume and limited frequency range of that tiny speaker," 343 Industries added.
Overall, despite the next-generation Xbox console almost certain to be announced during E3 2013, the Halo 4 Limited Edition Console is good value for money.
Halo 4 launches November 6 on Xbox 360.
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