Microsoft has unveiled themed Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles based on the Mandalorian to coincide with the release of Season 3, but you won’t be able to buy them.
What’s especially exciting about the Mandalorian-themed Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles is how well the designs are executed. For the first, you have a monochrome image of Mando himself etched into the black and gray console. It almost looks like a piece of frozen carbonite.
The Baby Yoda console deviates a lot more from the standard white styling of the Xbox Series S. Instead of the usual color scheme, this Grogu variant is suitably green and features a spray paint-inspired rendition of The Child with black accents. There’s also a matching Xbox Wireless Controller, complete with its own cozy coat.
The partnership between Lucasfilm and Microsoft for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles all boils down to giveaways running from now through May 11. It’s open to anyone around the world with a Twitter account, but there’s no way to spend the money and pick one of these beauties. The official rules (opens in new tab) are available directly from Microsoft.
This is far from the first official collaboration between Xbox gaming hardware and Star Wars. In November 2021, Microsoft and Razer announced the Mandalorian ‘Beskar Edition’ pro controller with a custom design around the legendary armor and a special charging cradle emblazoned with the series’ crest.
However, unlike that gamepad, you can’t buy Mando or Grogu themed Xbox consoles and I think that’s a huge shame. As someone who loves the show and has yet to buy myself an Xbox Series console, this is definitely the edition I would have gone for and made the purchase a lot sweeter.
Not many special editions of Xbox Series consoles have been released since its launch date in November 2020. The only other high-profile example was the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X console which fell back in November 2021 when finding Xbox Series X additions worldwide was incredibly challenging used to be.
I’d like to see Microsoft try out its Monolith machine with new designs and styles. The new Star Wars editions show that real creativity can still be carved out of the marble; I’m just a little bitter that they won’t take my money for them.