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Wednesday January 25, 2017 1:20 pm

Unboxing Live 197: Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Xbox One S console

Microsoft has released the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 limited edition console, and I think it's the most impressive game console release to date from a design perspective. I give you a look at the custom red Xbox One S with Gears of War 4 design elements in this episode. As you can see, aside from the battle worn look, you have the deep laser etching for the claw marks on both the Xbox One S console itself, as well as the included Gears of War 4 controller. Microsoft did a fantastic job!

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Microsoft announced the Xbox One S back at E3 this past June, just three years after the release of the original Xbox One. It’s a revised version of the original Xbox One hardware that features a streamlined form factor. If you missed it, I’ll leave a link to my video showing you everything about the new Xbox One S in the description below. The Xbox One S was released two months ago, and now the company has released the first special version of the console in the Gears of War 4 edition, as indicated by the awesome Gears of War 4 box art. Since it’s an Xbox One S, you get all the same features that you’ll find on the regular model - those being the internal power supply, HDR gaming, 4K HDR streaming, 4K HDR Blu-ray, and 4K upscaling of games. And speaking of HDR gaming, Gears of War 4 is one of the few titles to currently support this feature, and it looks fantastic on an HDR-capable television.

Opening up the console, inside the box we’ll find a visual guide to help us get all set up, colored in Gears of War red, as well as a 14-day free Xbox Live trial code, and the redemption code for Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition. Next up, this crimson piece of plastic is the vertical stand. The original Xbox One could only officially be set up horizontally, but the Xbox One S allows for vertical placement as long as you have this piece. It comes included with the 2TB model, which this special edition console is.

This next little box includes the power cable, which plugs right into the back of the Xbox One S - again, no huge power brick needed. There’s also a high-speed HDMI cable, which supports the 4K UHD standard as well as HDR, so you’ll want to use this cable when setting up the Xbox One S - especially if you have a television capable of 4K UHD with HDR, just to be safe. You’ll also find a pair of AA batteries, and the custom Gears of War 4 Swarm-themed Xbox One controller. This is the redesigned Xbox One controller, but it’s been given an amazing makeover as you can see. It’s crimson and maroon red, with a metallic red d-pad with thumbprint on it, and the ABXY buttons are a scratched in font. Behind the button are teh laser etched claw marks, and these are the real deal. It’s deep engraving, not just paint, and it makes this controller stand out and look super unique. The controller can also connect to a Windows PC directly over Bluetooth, allowing for better range and communication, and easier pairing with mobile devices as well. Speaking of which, the digital copy of the GEars of War 4 game that’s included here also allows you to play it on Windows 10 PCs. On the back of the controller you see the Phoenix Omen along with a subtle ridged design, which adds a bit more grip to the controller.

And that brings us to the star of the show, the Xbox One S console itself. Just taking it out of the box for the first time is shocking - just look at the design on this thing. It’s got a crimson red paint job, with the crimson skull omen on the top right, and on the left side on the top and front, you’ve got even more of those laser engraved claw marks. Crimson blood red up top, with maroon on the bottom of the console, and a bunch of that war torn look added as well.  On the front you’ll find the Blu-ray slot, which now supports 4K UHD Blu-ray discs as well. So if you’ve got a 4K TV, this is an inexpensive way to get into 4K Blu-ray when compared to the standalone players. On back you’ve got the AC port, HDMI in and HDMI out, two USB pors, IR port, optical audio out, and an Ethernet port as well.

I’ve said before that I think the Xbox One S is is the best looking and most well-designed game console out there right now, but as a Gears fan and someone who loves collectables, this might be my favorite Xbox design of all time - drop a like on this video if you agree. I’d love to know what you think . Hit me in the comments and let me know. Are you a Gears of War fan? Do you prefer the clean look of the white Xbox One S without all the distressed art work? I’ll meet you down in the comments for further discussion. My Gamertag is Dru So Icy if you want to jump into a game of Gears of War 4 with me, as that’s where I am dominating in Horde Mode. Until next time, thanks for watching - I’m Andru Edwards and I’ll catch you in the next video. Be sure to click or tap on my face in order to subscribe if you aren’t already so that you can stay up on all of my video releases, including the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus 128GB giveaway that we’ve got coming soon.

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