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With the highly anticipated release of Xbox’s killer app Starfield just around the corner (September 6, to be exact), it’s time to delve into the officially branded accessories launched by Microsoft a few months back. Although I’m a bit late to the party due to battling a nasty case of COVID I picked up at Disney World (not the happiest place on Earth, I assure you), I finally got my hands on the Starfield Limited Edition wireless controller and headset sent by the Xbox team for review. Let me tell you, these accessories are not only aesthetically appealing but also packed with unique features that set them apart from any other Xbox hardware.
Aesthetics That Transport You to Starfield
Let’s start by taking a closer look at the limited edition wireless controller priced at $79.99 MSRP. Sporting a striking white, red, and grey color scheme with fully rubberized grips, this controller is a visual treat. The design includes a captivating rainbow-like dash that engulfs the Xbox button, a shiny golden directional pad, and intricate spaceship schematics, which include notes on throttling and power distribution. Adding to its allure, you’ll find a ‘Property of Constellation’ stamp adorning the back battery hatch and a reference to a flight manual above the controller’s expansion port. All of these intricate details combine to make the gamepad feel like it truly belongs in the world of Starfield.
A Translucent Window to Gaming Magic
But here’s the best part — the triggers on this controller are completely translucent! This unique feature provides full visual access to the rumble motors underneath. As far as I can tell, this is the only Xbox gamepad to offer such a mesmerizing sight. Witnessing the motors in action during gameplay ignites my inner child’s gaming soul. It’s a delightful experience that truly immerses you in the game. However, it’s worth noting that this Starfield controller doesn’t come with a rechargeable battery, unlike the Remix Special Edition.
A Headset That Elevates Your Gaming Experience
Now, let’s turn our attention to the Starfield Limited Edition wireless headset priced at $124.99 MSRP. Mirroring the controller’s sleek white, red, and grey design, this headset exudes a sophisticated appeal. The headset features additional wording and schematics reminiscent of a Starfield spaceship’s inner workings. You’ll notice that the microphone lights up in a captivating blue hue when in use, adding a touch of futuristic flair. What’s more, the headset emits various custom tech sounds through the earcups to indicate different modes and functions like pairing and power on/off.
Comfort and Functionality Combined
Comfortability won’t be an issue with this headset. The padding is plush and cushiony, ensuring long gaming sessions are a breeze. Speaking from personal experience, I find the headset comfortable, although I do have a somewhat large head and need to adjust it to its maximum headband capacity for the perfect fit. The large adjustment wheels located on either earcup make it easy to control volume and game/chat mix, offering a satisfyingly tactile experience.
Enhanced Connectivity and Audio Quality
Aside from its sleek design and comfort, the Starfield headset offers a couple of noteworthy features. You can pair the headset via Bluetooth, providing added convenience on top of the direct-to-Xbox connection. In terms of audio quality, the bass response is solid, and the overall sound performance is commendable for its price point. While higher-priced headsets like SteelSeries’ Arctis Nova Pro Wireless may surpass it in audio performance, Microsoft’s official offering stands as an excellent choice for those seeking a simple and quick audio fix.
So there you have it — another set of excellent Xbox accessories inspired by what could potentially be a game of the year contender. While I don’t have a review code for Starfield just yet, rest assured that I’ll be there on day one, exploring the vast expanse of space with this pair of handy universe exploration devices.
Disclaimer: Microsoft provided review products for coverage purposes.
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