Microsoft celebrates 20 years of Xbox in secret

Microsoft has had a blast celebrating 20 years of Xbox this week, adding 76 new games to Xbox’s backward compatibility library, releasing a Halo-themed Xbox Series X and a 20th anniversary translucent controller. But, true to the company’s habit of doing corporate shenanigans, it has also been fermenting its ads with lots of Easter eggs.

The new hardware that launched this week features the best-looking Xbox Series X console and controllers we’ve seen so far, particularly the sleek and translucent one. All of this new hardware also includes some hidden secrets. For example, Reddit users have discovered that the Halo-themed Xbox Series X console has a hidden Zeta Halo symbol on the front.

You’ll have to illuminate the console with a black or ultraviolet light to really see this little Easter egg, but it’s a nice touch for a 20th-anniversary limited-edition console celebrating the release of Halo: Combat Evolved and the original Xbox in 2001.

That UV light will also come in handy if you’ve bought a 20th anniversary Xbox controller. If you illuminate the package that the controller ships with with UV light, you will see the original Duke controller that came with the original Xbox console in 2001.

The secrets don’t end there either. If you were lucky enough to secure yourself a Halo-themed Xbox Elite 2 controller, Microsoft has included a special code that allows you to add a little controller charm to your weapons within Halo Infinite. It’s perfect for Halo Infinite’s early multiplayer launch that took place earlier this week.

The miniature controller will connect to your weapons in the multiplayer version of the game, bouncing when you’re busy throwing grenades and using your melee button. If you buy the NERF versions of the MA40 or the Bulldog SG, they also include a small charm for your weapons and even unique weapon skins in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode.

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