Microsoft Unveils Gears-Themed Xbox One X and Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Special Edition

Microsoft is celebrating its Gears 5 launch by announcing a suite of custom Gears 5 hardware — starting with a stunning Limited Edition Xbox One X console and the new Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition. Both feature the iconic Omen skull emblem, submerged and rising from a translucent coating of cracked ice and snow. This eerily frigid image evokes the frozen landscapes of the new Gears 5 adventure. On the Game Drive’s back cover is the emblem of the Locust — the fierce subterranean creatures of the Gears saga.

The newest Gears has unleashed a bigger, bolder universe — so Seagate partnered with Xbox and game developer The Coalition to bring fans a bigger, bolder hard drive to contain it. Besides its super-chill Omen iconography, this collector’s edition portable game drive dishes out expansive capacity for all your favorite titles, and battle-ready bonus loot to help you survive in the harsh and unforgiving territory of Gears 5. The latest installment in the ultra-popular Gears of War game franchise, Gears 5 will be released Sept 10 for Windows 10 and Xbox One platforms.

“Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition is the perfect collector’s item for the true Gears of War fan,” Microsoft says in their announcement. “With a 2TB hard drive and USB 3.0 Plug & Play functionality, the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition also includes a Lancer weapon skin, Supply Drops for use in Gears 5, and a 1-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership to play Gears 5 in early access four days early before its September 10 launch.”

Want even more storage for your Xbox One X? How about 5TB! “If you need even more space, our friends at GameStop will have a 5TB version of the hard drive as well,” says Microsoft.

Microsoft also revealed a bunch of other awesome special edition devices including a headset, wireless keyboard and mouse from Razer (for console and PC), and the Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition featuring a snow-weathered design inspired by Kait Diaz’s armor, a textured trigger grip, and rubberized diamond grip.

How much extra capacity can your Xbox use?

Pick your preferred tools — the two Game Drive capacity options offer these great bonus features:

2TB Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition

  • Space for 50+ games
  • Includes Ice Block Lancer Weapon Skin along with bonus Supply Drops
  • Free 1-month membership to Xbox Game Pass with access to Gears 5

5TB Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition

  • Space for 125+ games
  • 3 Weapon Skins
  • Includes Ice Block Lancer, Gnasher, and Snub Weapon Skins, along with bonus Supply Drops
  • Available exclusively at GameStop

“Gears 5 is arguably Xbox’s biggest holiday release this year, and we’re thrilled to support it with an all-new Game Drive that’s custom-made for Gears fans,” says Eber Legarreta, Seagate product manager.

“The previous installment, Gears of War 4, has sold 2.66 million copies so far. Seagate released its very first special-edition Game Drive in 2016 as part of the Gears of War 4 launch,” he says. “Since then, we’ve continued bringing out new special editions for fan-favorite games like Sea of Thieves, Halo Wars 2 and Far Cry 5.”

Game Pass Ultimate brings a lot more games — on your PC as well as your console

This newest special edition Game Drive once again offers gamers the chance to jump into a month of free access to Microsoft Game Pass, this time with the expansive Game Pass Ultimate which bundles together Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, and the newly launched Xbox Game Pass for PC. This offers multiplatform gamers amazing unlimited access to the entire range of Game Pass titles across both PC and console platforms, including Halo, Ark: Survival Evolved, Wolfenstein II, Football Manager 2019Resident Evil, and so many more including upcoming titles like The Outer World.

“With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, get all the benefits you know and love of both Xbox Game Pass (at select retailers) for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Live Gold, including access to over 100 great games for console and PC and the most advanced multiplayer network for $14.99 per month,” says Microsoft’s announcement.

Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition will be available later this month at GameStop and Microsoft Stores, as well as shipping to retail outlets in Europe and Australia.


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John Paulsen
John Paulsen is a "Data for Good" advocate, with nearly 20 years in the data storage industry. He's helped launch many industry-firsts including HAMR technology, 10K-rpm and 15K-rpm hard drives, drives designed specifically for video and for gaming, Serial ATA drives, fluid dynamic HDD motors, 60TB SSDs, and MACH.2 multi-actuator technology.