Microsoft has decided that Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition could sell some Xbox Ones. They're going to offer a bundle of the console and game later this summer.
The Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition bundle comes with a digital download of Ultimate Edition, a Superstar Cole skin for multiplayer, 500 GB console, wireless controller, and a 14-day free trial for Xbox Live. It's priced at $349.99, the normal price of a 500 GB Xbox One, so in essence you're getting Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for free.
On top of all that, the bundle includes early access to Gears of War 4's multiplayer beta. Microsoft said we can expect the beta in 2016 but didn't provide any other details on the test. Note that they're only promising "early" access to the test with the console, though. There's going to be another way to play the beta even without buying the console.
What the bundle doesn't include, though, is custom art. You're just getting the standard black console and controller. I guess they're waiting until GoW4 to debut an Xbox One with a COG symbol.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition upgrades the Xbox 360 shooter to 1080p resolution, 60 frames per second and Dolby 7.1 Surround. The development team also remade the cinematics, a process seen in this behind-the-scenes video:
The remakes includes the 90 minutes of extra single-player content that debuted with the later PC release. While playing, you can earn new Achievements, unlockable comics and a concept art gallery.
The Coalition also revamped the multiplayer. You can now expect a range of features from GoW3 including enemy spotting, 17 unlockable characters and King of the Hill mode. Ultimate Edition includes the maps from the PC version and post-launch DLC packs to bring the total selection of battlegrounds up to 19.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be launching in the United States on August 25th. The Xbox One bundle will arrive on the same date. You can pre-order the console through MicrosoftStore.com and other select retailers starting today.