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Official 'Gears of War 4' Xbox One S forged by monster claws and fire


When the Fenix legacy returns this October in Gears of War 4, Microsoft will welcome it in style. The company's first widely available custom Xbox One S -- the console redesign announced at E3 -- draws on Gears 4 for inspiration. Its blood-red exterior is scored by faux claw marks, a nod to the upcoming game's new Swarm menace. SEE ALSO: 'Gears of War 4' introduces a new generation of Fenix The limited edition Gears of War 4 Xbox One S sports a 2TB hard drive and a custom "Crimson Omen" controller that borrows the console's color scheme. The controller features the same distinctive claw marks as the console along with other nifty flourishes, such as a bloody thumbprint splashed across the D-pad.

Microsoft and AMD will give away a 'Halo Infinite' Radeon RX 6900 XT GPU


Not only have Microsoft and AMD teamed up to add ray-tracing to the game sometime after launch, they created a limited-edition Radeon RX 6900 XT Halo Infinite graphics card. The GPU's design is based on Master Chief's Mjolnir armor, and it features a reflective, iridium gold border around a fan, a blue light that mimics the Cortana AI module on the character's helmet and the 117 Spartan call sign. Microsoft notes that the graphics card uses the same RDNA 2 architecture as the Xbox Series X/S consoles. Here's the rub: you won't be able to buy the GPU. Microsoft, AMD, developer 343 Industries and some of their partners will be giving away the graphics card in the coming weeks.

The latest Xbox One gamepad innovation: trigger grips


As sure as the sun sets, Microsoft spent some time at Gamescom talking about a new variant of its killer Xbox One gamepad. This time, it's one themed around PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds. But rather than just being a superficial upgrade as is the norm, this one features a functional embellishment too: a grippy texture on the tops of the triggers. The metallic D-pad shows a similar kind of wear, and there's a blue-zone-esque circle around the left thumbstick. It ships in October and pre-orders are open right now.

How and where to pre-order an Xbox Series X or S


They've been a long time coming, but on November 12th new Xbox consoles will arrive. This time around there're two Xbox to choose from: the $499 Series X and the $299 Series S. Microsoft is aiming to avoid a repeat of the mess that was PS5 pre orders last week, laying out which retailers are going to have stock and what time orders go live. If you're firmly on team Xbox and want to secure a console on day one, here's what you need to know. We'll be updating this guide regularly with links and offers from various retailers to help you find the best deals. The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's new flagship console, replacing the Xbox One X.

The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller is a game-changer — get one for $10 off


SAVE $10: The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller is $10 off at Amazon, bringing its total price down to $169.73. To be totally fair, the base controller that comes with the Xbox One X and One S is already pretty darn good -- in short, it's just really comfortable (especially compared to Nintendo's Joy-Con remotes or the PlayStation DualShock 4). But hey, sometimes we upgrade just because we can, because sometimes it's just nice to treat yourself to something you don't necessarily need, but you really want. That's where the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller fits in -- it's for sure a luxury buy, but it's worth every penny if your willing to spring for the $180 price tag. Scratch that, it's actually $170, because it's on sale right now (this rarely happens).