updated 11:35 pm EDT, Tue September 30, 2008
Microsoft Zune GOW2
Microsoft tonight mirrored its approach last year with the Halo Zune by introducing a special, game-themed edition of the Zune 120GB tied into another of the company's Xbox 360 games. The Gears of War 2 edition takes the current, glossy black player and adds a Gears logo to the back while pre-loading the hardware with the game's soundtrack, special videos and an artwork collection that includes backgrounds for the Zune itself. The hardware is otherwise functionally equivalent to the reference Wi-Fi music player.
The limited run model asks a slight premium by lifting the price from $249 to $279. Microsoft also doesn't plan to release the customized Zune until November 7th, the same day as the associated Gears of War 2 game reaches stores. Pre-orders start on Wednesday for Americans and Canadians, and will include Amazon and Wal-Mart as well as multiple larger Canadian retail chains. [via Engadget]