Hate turns to lust as the most faithful pictures of the translucent-cased Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 appear.
Snaps are taken from all angles and in a real environment, providing a much better idea of what the console may look like in our homes.
But there are still a couple of things the images don't properly convey, according to a picture-accompanying post on the Halo Waypoint website. These are the paint and finish on the interior of the console - "a touch that provides a subtle depth and detail like insect wings" - and the blue LEDs on the console power button and Guide Button of the controller.
The post explained that the original idea was to create a Forerunner-themed machine that differed "significantly" from any other Halo 360s. Achieving this took dozens of iterations and hundreds of changing elements.
"Now, interestingly, you can do certain types of paint, finish, and material, but structure is dangerous," the post stated.
"We'd talked about bevels, bas-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."Halo 4 team
"We'd talked about bevels, bas-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."
The main inspiration for having a translucent case "comes from an important object in the game that you haven't seen yet", apparently. It isn't "a literal recreation" of that object, though.
The Halo Waypoint post also shared the custom noises the Limited Edition console makes when you turn it on and eject a disc. "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. "
The Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 console costs Ł269.99, and will be available in November when Halo 4 launches.