We've all been getting rather excited about Halo 4's imminent launch. Ahead of time, the limited-edition Halo 4 XBox 360 console has been beamed into Pocket-lint HQ for us to have a play with.

Designed by the Halo team, this limited-edition version of the Xbox 360 console is only a set of warp drives short of looking like a miniature Spirit of Fire mothership.

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The grey-blue plastic exterior is transparent to reveal the console's metallic interior, while futuristic silver patterns circle the console's on button.

The loading tray and on button are also surrounded by bright blue patterns, reminiscent of the swirling shapes of an energy sword.

To the bottom side - or top rear, depending on which way up you like to keep the console standing - is the Halo 4 logo, also in silver.

The controllers - two of which are included in the box - have a similar finish and with two AA batteries popped into their rears have flashing blue Xbox "home" buttons. However, unlike the Star Wars limited-edition console's controller which made R2D2 sounds, the Halo 4 controllers are silent.

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The console itself, however, makes Halo 4 sounds when it's switched on or when ejecting a disc. Which sounds? We have no idea, as we've only been able to get hold of a Japanese version and, unfortunately, can't wire up this console to UK mains. This also means we weren't able to see "the blue ring" - don't worry, it's nothing like the red ring of death - that lights up when the console is switched on. We know, we know, we cried tears of despair too.

The final boxed version will also include a standard edition of Halo 4 and a standard black headset for online chit-chat while you shoot those virtual foes over the wire.

So there we have it, Halo fans. Get your orders in early, because we reckon this £270 limited-edition set will be a big Xmas seller.