Over six years have passed since the first Xbox 360 console saw the light of day, and over the years special or limited editions passed through the stores. With over 50 million copies sold worldwide, this is one of the best consoles of all the times. But maybe that’s not enough for everyone, and that’s why Microsoft and other producers released custom designed cases, vaults, manually created cases, and paint jobs, most of which are based on games or characters found in them.
In case you are bored with the classic style of your Xbox, you should know there are websites where you could easily customize the device in an in-browser editor for about $25. However, the following are some of the best custom made designs, some released as a limited edition by the company over the time, and some are the fine work of various artists.
Firstly, having the most impressive design you probably ever saw, are these three Xbox 360 vaults released by Calibur11. The Gears of War 3 vault was made available in September, with the release of the game. The vault features an Infected Omen equipped with bright LED eyes, with illumination modes that give out different colors to increase your gaming experience. For example, when you are near death, the eyes will change to a red crimson color indicating you should recover. The price tag for this one is €89.99 and can be bought at your local stores (if available in stock) or on Calibur11′s official site.
Another vault coming from the same producer is the MLG: Apocalypse Face vault, which is similar to Gears of War 3 and it is priced at the same value of €89.99. This one was showcased at CES 2011 and has similar glowing LED eyes.
The last vault from Calibur11 is inspired by Battlefield 3. The case is currently available for preordering and will probably be available around the time the game is released.
These 3 vaults certainly look great, but looks aren’t the only special thing about them, as they also improve the conditions in which your Xbox 360 is kept. For example, each of these vaults adds improved stability, with a cradle for holding your controller and a raised casing to improve cooling.
Another similar concept, the Weta Casemod created by Richard Taylor and the Weta Workshop, is based on the Halo series as you can see in the following pictures. This console was created over a year ago, but only for charity purposes and it is not available for the general public. The console was auctioned on eBay and the donation went to the David Peachey Foundation for helping children, after Microsoft matched the selling price and added an extra $10 000.
Not as impressive as the previously mentioned designs, the official limited or special editions released by Microsoft, not only give your console a unique look, but some also provide slightly modified performance features. And even if limited edition means they are available for a certain period in the official store, don’t hesitate to look for them on sites such as eBay or Amazon.
Featuring the same original Xbox 360 specifications, the Halo 3 special edition console was released in 2007 and has the same price as the genuine Xbox.
With the release of The Simpsons movie, 100 units were produced in 2007 with a wireless controller.
With the release of Resident Evil 5, a bundle including a red gamepad and console with a black wired headset was made available in 2009.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 also got its special edition in 2009 and was based on Xbox 360 Elite, featuring a 250 GB hard disk, two wireless controllers and a headset.
In 2010 a Final Fantasy XIII limited edition console was released. Similar to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the console was based on Xbox 360 Elite and had a 250 GB hard disk with two wireless controllers.
The Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction version was colored in black and featured 250 GB hard disk, two wireless controllers and included a copy of the game.
Priced at $399.99 a Halo: Reach inspired console was released in 2010 with a 250 GB hard disk.
In 2011, two $399.99 limited edition Xbox 360 S consoles were released. Each with 320 GB, they are inspired by Gears of War 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and their releases coincided with the dates the games reached the stores.
The last on the list of official special editions is the Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle, which is scheduled to release in 2012 at $449.99.
Coming from Omega, this Tron casemod will surely catch the eye of many Tron fans and Xbox gamers alike. It was showcased at PAX earlier this year. For more information, including official release and price follow the developer’s blog.
Finally, if you are not satisfied with all the designs presented so far, Ricepuppet gives you some more unique options. Here are some of his styles based on various games and characters, but note that this are not just stickers, as his work is hand made.