Halo Infinite launches on Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One and PC on Dec. 8, and preorders for the game — along with a new Halo Xbox Series X console bundle — are available at major retailers. The Halo Infinite standard edition has been available to preorder for some time, but now that the game’s release date is finally confirmed, retailers have begun to reveal various preorder bonuses and physical bundles available for the game. Meanwhile, digital preorders are available on the Xbox Store.
Microsoft finally confirmed the Halo Infinite release date during Gamescom’s Opening Night Live. The game is launching with its campaign and multiplayer at that time, though campaign co-op and Forge (a level editor mode) won’t come until 2022.
Halo Infinite on Xbox Game Pass
First of all, we should note that Xbox Game Pass subscribers will have Day 1 access to Halo Infinite, so if you’re subscribed to that service, you’ll be good to go come Dec. 8 (unless you just want to own a physical copy). If you’re not subscribed to Xbox Game Pass (maybe you’re hoping to pick up an Xbox console for the first time this holiday), Halo Infinite is certainly a good excuse to do so, though the benefits extend far beyond this console exclusive.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers the best value, combining Xbox Game Pass for console and PC with Xbox Live Gold for $15 per month. You’ll have access to a rotating library of over 100 titles, free monthly games, EA Play, Xbox cloud gaming and Day 1 access to any Xbox Games Studios releases. Once you’re in the Xbox ecosystem, signing up for Game Pass is a no-brainer; plus, new subscribers get their first month for $1.
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Halo Infinite preorder bonuses
There doesn’t appear to be a general Halo Infinite preorder bonus applying to all editions, but Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart are offering in-game bonuses. They seem to be offering the same in-game DLC with all preorders: the Zeta Sky Armor and Weapon Coatings as well as the Chosen Emblem and Nameplate. However, Best Buy is sweetening the deal by throwing in a free steelbook case and $10 reward credit for My Best Buy members (signing up is free). Meanwhile, Walmart is also including the exclusive MK50 Sidekick weapon.
It’s possible more preorder bonuses will be announced closer to launch; we’ll be sure to include that info here when available.
Halo Infinite editions
Halo Infinite’s $60 standard edition is available to preorder now from most major retailers. You’ll have access to the campaign and multiplayer at launch along with campaign co-op and Forge when they launch in 2022. You’ll receive any retailer-specific preorder bonuses as well. Whether you have an Xbox Series X already or are still using an Xbox One, you’ll be fine to pick up the physical edition, as it’ll play on either console thanks to backward compatibility. (Note that Series S owners will need to buy the game digitally.)
At Amazon, you can opt for the “Steelbook Edition” for the same $60 list price. This is very similar to the steelbook you receive as Best Buy’s preorder bonus; the spine appears to be only slightly different.
Walmart has bundled the Halo Infinite Collector’s Steelbook Edition with the Mega Construx Halo Helmet, all for the same price as the standard edition alone. It’s an awesome deal that’ll likely sell out before launch, so you’ll want to get your preorder in soon if interested. Note that the helmet is available in three different colors, and you’ll receive one at random. You’ll get any applicable preorder bonuses as well.
A Halo Infinite limited-edition Xbox Series X bundle costing $550 was announced Aug. 25, and preorders went live shortly afterward. To no one’s surprise, stock sold out almost as soon as it became available, but it’s possible we’ll see restocks between now and the console bundle’s release on Nov. 25 (two weeks before the launch of the game). The Halo Infinite-edition Xbox Series X has a stunning space-themed design with dark metallic paneling and iridium gold accents as well as other Halo-inspired details. It comes with a matching Xbox Wireless Controller and a digital copy of Halo Infinite. See our guide on how to preorder the Halo Infinite Series X bundle for more info and retail listings.
Halo Infinite accessories
Microsoft is releasing a limited-edition Halo Infinite version of the excellent Elite Series 2 controller, available Nov. 15 for $200. Its striking design mimics Master Chief’s iconic suit, with green metallic plates that look slightly battle-worn and an iridium gold D-pad. It comes with a variety of swappable components as well as a dark green carrying case sporting the UNSC insignia. It’s an awesome design for an already incredible controller — the Elite Series 2 supports button mapping, custom profiles, adjustable-tension thumbsticks, hair trigger locks for faster firing, and a wrap-around rubberized grip. The Halo Infinite-edition Elite Series 2 is available exclusively from GameStop and the Microsoft Store, though it’s usually out of stock.
Available this October, the newest Seagate Game Drive for Xbox comes with a custom Master Chief-inspired design and customizable LEDs to add a neat glow to your setup. This is a great option for storing Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S games when you don’t want to take up space on your internal SSD. Note that while you can play Xbox One games directly off this drive, you’ll need to move any games for the Series X and Series S back over to your internal SSD to play them. The Halo Infinite special-edition drive will be available for $100 (2TB) and $160 (5TB).
Razer is also getting in on the Halo Infinite hype by releasing a special edition of its Kaira Pro wireless headset, which debuted last November alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S. The new Halo Infinite-edition Kaira Pro features a green design similar to the Elite Series 2 and Seagate drive, so you could have all matching Halo gear if you want. It supports both Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth 5.0 for low-latency gaming whether you’re on console or mobile, with an EQ and Xbox pairing button for easy connectivity. And for when you’re not playing online with others, the microphone can be retracted so it’s out of your way. As a perk, you’ll get an in-game reward, the Deathly Poison Armor Coating, when you buy this headset.
The Halo Infinite Razer Kaira Pro is available for $170, and we’ve seen it go in and out of stock at GameStop. It’s released Oct. 21, as is all of the following Razer Halo Infinite gear.
The excellent DeathAdder V2 wired gaming mouse is getting a Halo Infinite-themed makeover, and you can preorder it now for $80. The DeathAdder V2 features a 20,000 DPI optical sensor for in-game precision, five on-board memory profiles, eight programmable buttons and more. You’ll also get the Fangs Emblem for Halo Infinite.
This special-edition Razer BlackWidow V3 gaming keyboard has the same Halo green design and comes with green mechanical switches that deliver tactile feedback and optimized actuation. The switches also feature vibrant, customizable Razer Chroma RGB lighting and durable keycaps that withstand long-term wear. The ergonomic wrist pad is also removable and snaps back onto the keyboard magnetically. The BlackWidow V3 Halo Infinite-edition keyboard comes with the in-game Deathly Poison Weapon Coating.
Finally, you can pick up the Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma Mouse Mat with a relatively subtle Halo Infinite design for $80. At 36 inches long and 11 inches wide, this mat has a large surface area that’s perfect for playing with a keyboard and mouse, and its Razer Chroma lighting offers countless customizable color options to give your gaming setup a neat glow. The Halo Infinite-edition mouse mat comes with five in-game Challenge Swaps.
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