Well, we regret to inform you that we could have been playing Starfield right now on our Xbox Series consoles, as the game's initial 11/11/22 launch date has just passed. While we're disappointed that we can't go hands-on with Bethesda's next epic just yet, we're happy that the team is getting all the time it needs to make things right. However, the passing of its old launch date has got us thinking about limited edition Xbox hardware, funnily enough.
After last year's Halo Infinite Xbox Series X console, which is a thing of beauty by the way, we had Starfield penned as the next game to receive some sort of limited edition hardware - potentially the next unique Series X design. Of course, this hadn't been confirmed by Xbox or Bethesda, it just made sense given the scope of the project and its planned launch date. Now that the date has slipped, we're not quite so sure on a Starfield console; Xbox has rarely shipped a new console outside of the holiday season!
There are plenty of other upcoming first-party titles that could get their own system though. Forza Motorsport is one that immediately comes to mind following last year's Forza Horizon 5 LE controller, although again, if FM is set for Spring 2023 it might miss out. Titles like Avowed and Hellblade 2 are other potential suitors, especially if they line up as big fall releases for Xbox.
Of course, it ain't all about the console itself! Xbox loves a good limited edition controller, so some of these upcoming exclusives are bound to see a themed pad or two. Remember when Gears of War 4 and Halo 5 got two LE controllers per-game? Those were the days; we'd love to see multiple controller designs come to market for the next big Xbox release!
Anyway, while we're happy with the Halo Infinite console, and all the controllers Xbox has shipped so far this gen (Design Lab improvements included), we're eagerly awaiting the next bit of themed Xbox hardware from Microsoft. Will that theme be Starfield? Will it be Forza? Will it be Fable? Come take your pick from the poll below!