Xbox:List of Special Edition Consoles

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Over the lifespan of the Xbox, various special — or limited — editions were created to try and boost sales. The Japanese market especially received quite a few special editions due to a low amount of sales at launch in Japan. Special editions were generally the product of a partnership between a first party developer and Microsoft, though many of the painted or contest Xboxes were created by a third party either in an official distribution deal or unofficially, with only the plastic supplied by Microsoft. While official statistics on the production numbers were lost in a hard drive crash, this page stands as a "best guess" using official sources, retailer advertisements, and Microsoft personnel interviews. The full gallery of pictures can be found on Imgur.

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First Party Special Editions

Edition Serial Number Revision Color Features Picture
2001 Launch Team Edition 2NNNNNN 14402 1.0 Translucent green Given to Xbox Launch Team; says "Great work!" and has Bill Gates' signature on the jewel, as well as "Special Edition" on the front. Estimated 1000-2000 made. ^[2] Launch-Team.jpg
Crystal Limited Edition (CAN) 4NNNNNN 43505
4NNNNNN 43705
4NNNNNN 43805
1.6 Translucent Released in Canada as a bundle with Fable and Crimson Skies. 100,000-150,000 consoles made, covering all available regions. ^[2] Crystal.jpg
Crystal Limited Edition (JAP) 3NNNNNN 42806 1.6 Translucent Released in Japan.
Crystal Limited Edition (PAL) 4NNNNNN 40605
4NNNNNN 40805
1.4 Translucent Released as a second anniversary for the European release of the console.
Crystal Limited Edition - Jewel Variant (PAL) 3NNNNNN 43705
5NNNNNN 43705
1.6 Translucent "Limited Edition" written on jewel. Found in Australian / New Zealand crystal packs. Likely due to the jewel being sourced by multiple different suppliers, one of which may have added this text. ^[2] Crystal-Jewel-Variant.jpg
EA Special Edition 1823293 43406
6NNNNNN 43405
1.6^? White Given to Electronic Arts for helping support Xbox Live. EA logo and "Special Edition" printed on front in blue and a black jewel with "Xbox Live" logo. Comes with two controllers, one with a red EA Sports jewel, and the other with a blue EA Games jewel. Reportedly, 110 made. ^[2] ^3 EA.jpg
Ed Fries Special Edition N/A ? White Says "Ed Fries - Special Edition" under Xbox logo on white jewel, and "Thanks for all you have done with MGS and Xbox" in red lettering on bottom right of the top. No stickers on bottom. Given to Ed Fries, the vice president of game publishing at Xbox at the time. One made. Ed-Fries.jpg
Dead or Alive Ultimate / Kasumi-chan Blue (JP) 4NNNNNN 15102
4NNNNNN 15202
5NNNNNN 20802
1.0 Translucent Blue Says "Dead or Alive Ultimate" on the bottom-left side of top and has a silver jewel. 5000 ^1 or 6000 ^1 made. They have a September 2004 manufacture date, but are actually 1.0 consoles with 2001 hardware and serial numbers. DOAU.jpg
Dead or Alive Online (JP) 2396697 34706 1.2 Translucent Blue Says "Dead or Alive Online" on the top, silver jewel. This was the original version that was meant to be sold before the game was renamed to "Dead or Alive Ultimate". One known to exist, previously owned by the international manager for the original Xbox launch, Stan Kaplita. DOAO.jpg
Halo Special Edition 2NNNNNN 3WW05
5NNNNNN 3WW05
6NNNNNN 3WW05
1NNNNNN 40505
3NNNNNN 40606
6NNNNNN 40705
6NNNNNN 41505
5NNNNNN 41605
1.2, 1.4, 1.6 Translucent green Released as a Halo bundle, says "Halo" on the front. 200,000 made, covering all regions. Halo.jpg
Halo Special Edition (Hong Kong) 5NNNNNN 40505
6NNNNNN 40505
1.4 Translucent green First released on April 22nd, 2004; this NTSC console was made to commemorate the release of Xbox Live by Microsoft Hong Kong and Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN). Four digit serial number on top indicates less than 10,000 units produced. ^3 Hong-Kong.png
Halo 2 Special Edition (NTSC-J) 5NNNNNN 40505 1.4 Translucent green Released in Southeast Asia; has a Halo 2 decal sticker on the top of the console near the disc drive. Number produced is unknown. ^3 Halo-2-Southeast-Asia.jpg
Halo 2 Special Edition (CAN) 2NNNNNN 31405
4NNNNNN 41305*
1.2^?, 1.3^?, 1.4 Ice blue Released as a Halo 2 bundle (no headset) in Canada, silver jewel. Halo-2-Canada.jpg
Halo 2 Special Edition (PAL) 2NNNNNN 51805
2NNNNNN 50805
1.0^?, 1.1^?, 1.4^? Ice blue Released as Halo 2 bundle in Asia, black jewel. Halo-2-Asia.jpg
Hulk/Pepsi (PAL) 2NNNNNN 20503
3NNNNNN 21503
2NNNNNN 24405
4NNNNNN 24505
1.0, 1.1 Neon green Given as a scratchcard prize in UK theaters to commemorate the release of the Hulk movie and possibly more given away in a contest ^3 . Has the Hulk's eye and Pepsi logo in the jewel. Estimated 36 given away, up to 50 made. ^[2] Hulk-Pepsi.jpg
Mountain Dew 2NNNNNN 31205 1.3 Neon green Sold through a Mountain Dew sweepstakes ^3 . Mountain Dew logo on jewel. 1000 ^[2] to 5099 ^? made. Mountain-Dew.jpg
MSN Edition - White (PAL) 4082725 40605 1.4^? Translucent "MSN" and butterfly logo on front right. Likely made as a mock up for a potential MSN ISP promotion ^[2]. One known to exist, found in Denmark. MSN-White.jpg
MSN Edition - Colorful (PAL) 4082833 40605
4082752 40605
1.4^? Translucent Colorful "MSN" and butterfly logo on front right. Likely made as a mock up for a potential MSN ISP promotion ^[2]. Two known to exist, found in Denmark. MSN-Colorful.jpg
Panzer Dragoon Orta 2NNNNNN 20502
3NNNNNN 20502
4NNNNNN 20502
1.0 White Screenprinted artwork and logo surrounding jewel. 999 originally planned to be sold ^3 . 3,000 made, 1,300 shipped ^[2] . Panzer-Dragoon-Orta.jpg
Partner Edition 1137135 25005
2NNNNNN 31905
1.0 Translucent green Given to hardware companies involved with Xbox. Has "Thanks for Partnering with Xbox" and Bill Gates' signature on the jewel. Estimated 100 ^[2] or 1000 ^? made. Partner-Edition.jpg
Pure White (JP) 5NNNNNN 15202
3NNNNNN 20202
3NNNNNN 20502
5NNNNNN 20602
5NNNNNN 20702
1.0 White Released in Japan for the 2004 anniversary with a silver jewel saying "Limited Edition 2004". The unit number out of 1000 is engraved in the bottom left of the top side as well as an optional engraved name of up to 20 letters. 1000 made. They have a 2004 manufacture date, but are actually 1.0 Xboxes. Pure-White.jpg
Skeleton Black (JP) 3NNNNNN 20502
2NNNNNN 20402
1.0 Translucent black "smoke" Release version in Japan that came with serialized key chain with a number from 1 to 50,000. 50,000 produced, estimated 10,000 sold on launch week. ^[2] Skeleton.jpg
Translucent Blue (CAN) ? ? Translucent Blue 50 given away in The Chronicles of Riddick DVD sweepstakes ^3 , given away by a traveling Holiday Game Squad ^3 , or with purchase of 12-month Bell Canada's 'Sympatico High-Speed' contract ^3 . Came in box with Halo 2 and a headset, unlike the Canadian Halo 2 edition. Halo-2-Canada.jpg
Translucent Green (NTSC) 1NNNNNN 40705
1NNNNNN 40905
1.0?, 1.2, 1.4 Translucent green Sold in Canada. Green.jpg
Translucent Green (PAL) 2NNNNNN 30805
2NNNNNN 30905
1NNNNNN 40705
1.2, 1.4^? Translucent green Released for one year anniversary for the European release of the console. 20,000 manufactured. 5,000 sold.
Translucent Orange Prototype 1NNNNNN 21503 1.0 Translucent orange Color mock up consoles. Two known to still exist, gifted to an internal marketing employee and a friend which was later stolen from their house. ^[2] Orange-Prototype.png
Translucent Orange Halo Prototype N/A 1.0 Translucent orange Color test prototypes. "Halo" written on front, one has a silver jewel, possibly added later on, and one has a black jewel. Three known to exist. ^2 ^3 Halo-Prototype.jpg Halo-Prototype-2.jpg
Other Color Samples N/A N/A N/A Opaque candy apple / fire engine red (sample on table), glow in the dark, burgundy/dark magenta crystal, metallic gold, and a unit filled with color shifting beads. All likely destroyed. ^[2] (no pictures of full units exist)

 

Third Party Special Editions

Edition Serial Number Revision Color Features Picture
50 Cent Pure White Edition 4174113 50505 ? White Given away by Australian television channel Channel V. Has "50 Cent Bulletproof" written in gold on top near the middle, and 50 Cent's signature. One made. 5C1.png
50 Cent Pure White Edition 2 ? ? White One given away in Australia, and one in New Zealand. Has "50 Cent Bulletproof" written in gold on top in the bottom left, black swirl designs on it, and 50 Cent's signature. Four made. 5C2.jpg
50 Cent Pure White Edition 3 ? ? White Larger "50 Cent Bulletproof" written in gold on the top in the bottom left, 50 Cent's face airbrushed in the top right, and 50 Cent's signature. One made. 5C3.jpg
Atari Edition ? ? Orange A black Xbox painted orange with an Atari logo on the jewel, and "Atari" written on top. Given away at the Leipzig Game Convention in 2004. Five made. Atari.jpg
Conker Edition ? ? Black Has an image of Conker on top, with camouflage prints, bullet holes, and "Conker" written on it. Three made for a Conker's tournament in Sydney, Australia. Conker.jpg
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball 1039744 21503 1.0 Black Has a full volleyball beach scene airbrushed on top. 20 sold in Germany. DOAP.jpg
Halo Airbrushed Edition 2NNNNNN 21403 1.0 Black Had an image of Master Chief with the sky and Halo ring in the background to celebrate Halo's launch in the UK. Given out in one case by Microsoft employees at training event competitions. 5-10 made. Halo-Airbrushed.jpg
Halo 2 Airbrushed Edition 4073214 41605 1.6^? Black/Orange Commissioned by Microsoft to have an airbrushed top shell, these could be won from Media Markt for the Halo 2 launch. Painted by Peter Tronser. 100 made. ^3 H2A.webp
Hello Kitty Crystal (PAL) 2NNNNNN 42805
2063163 42805
1.6^? Translucent Sold in a unique box with an undefined Samsung TV from Best Denki in Singapore. Has pink Hello Kitty Mission Rescue artwork painted on top. Came with a crystal controller with a unique gold and silver sparkle in the jewel. 550 made. ^3 Hello-Kitty.jpg
Playboy Edition ? ? Translucent Has sticker artwork on top of Penelope Juarez and a written letter, as well as artwork on the front. One unit made and given away in Australia in an unknown contest. ^3 Playboy.jpg
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Edition 4NNNNNN 43405
5102303 43505
1.6^? Orange Painting sanctioned by game publisher. Given away to winners of skateboarding competitions. Graffiti-style art on top on of crystal edition Xbox. Possible matching skateboard deck. 10 made. THUG-2.jpg
World Racing 3138913 20703 (Yellow #18) ? Black Given away during a competition in Germany. Airbrushed car artwork on top and TDK logo. (pictures below)
World-Racing-1.jpg World-Racing-2.jpg World-Racing-3.jpg World-Racing-4.jpg World-Racing-5.jpg World-Racing-6.jpg

Development/Debug Kits

Edition Serial Number Revision Color Features Picture
Alpha I Development Kit N/A Intel VC820 Silver Used for developing Xbox games. Large aluminum desktop tower. Alpha-Tower.jpg
Alpha II Development Kit N/A Intel VC820 Silver Used for developing Xbox games. Large aluminum desktop tower.
Debug Kit 3NNNNNN 13202
6NNNNNN 20602
6NNNNNN 30202
6NNNNNN 32805
6NNNNNN 35005
5NNNNNN 41505
6NNNNNN 43905
1.0, 1.3^? Translucent Green "Debug Kit" written on bottom stickers. Often times "Debug Kit" written on front, though not always the case. Also may or may not have "Dolby Digital" and "Compact Disc" logos etched above the fourth controller port. Debug.jpg
Debug Kit ? ? Black Used by game developers to hide the fact that games are running on a debug kit at trade shows. Identical to retail.
Development Kit Beta N/A DVT3 Translucent Used for developing Xbox games. "Development Kit" written in green on front, and early to mid-production units have a green jewel with metallic lettering and later ones had a dark green jewel with standard lettering. USB port exposed on the back. On the bottom, it is referred to as a "BETA" and prototype system. Development-Kit.jpg
Development Kit 6NNNNNN 22002
6NNNNNN 31625
DVT4 Translucent Used for developing Xbox games. "Development Kit" written in green on front. USB port exists but is blocked by the casing on the back. On the bottom, it is referred to as a "FINAL" and prototype system.
Development Kit N/A ? Black Used for developing Xbox games. "Development Kit" written in green on the front. Two known to exist, but an advertisement seems to show a third one. One was shown in a NVIDIA Twitter post.[1] Black-Development-Kit-1.jpg Black-Development-Kit.jpg
GDC 2000 Keynote Prototype ? ? Chrome Aluminum A giant X-shaped unit with developer hardware inside for the Xbox reveal at GDC 2000 by Bill Gates and various other showings. Two functional units made, with extra spare parts. GDC-Front.jpg GDC-Back.jpg
Microsoft TechNet Edition ? 1.1 Black Microsoft TechNet logo on top of console, boots to XDK dashboard. PAL only. One known to exist. ^3 TechNet.jpg
Retail Prototype ? DVT1 Black Used internally at Microsoft to test new system configurations. 3 DVT1.png
Retail Prototype ? DVT2 Black Looks identical to a retail console with stickers. Sticker with "QT DVT2". Appears to be for testing the speed of some function. DVT2.jpg
Retail Prototype ? DVT2 Black Looks identical to a retail console with stickers. Sticker on the front labelled (XB DVT2) with a config and test ID and appears to have a unique 4604.1 BETA live kernel used internally at Microsoft to test Xbox Live. ^3 DVT2-2.png
Retail Prototype 0NNNNNN 12902 DVT4 Black Pre-release Xbox. Some are known to have CPUs clocked at 750MHz rather than 733MHz.
Retail Prototype 6NNNNNN 13102 DVT5 Black Pre-release Xbox. Has a ribbon cable running from the LPC header, through the vent grille, and out the back. Likely used to flash and test new kernels.
Retail Prototype 4125522 32505 DVT6? Black "Prototype" and "LIVE ENABLED" written on bottom stickers, otherwise identical to retail unit. Only one known, claimed to be a DVT6 and internally called "Xbox console Xmode3 w/genealogy" by owner. ^3 DVT6.jpg
Retail Prototype 1NNNNNN 13602 DVT7 Black Made a month before release, a final build prototype. DVT7.jpg
Xbox Live Beta Kit 6NNNNNN 22902 ? Black "Debug Kit" written on bottom stickers. "Debug Kit" written on front, covered by a BETA sticker, and "LIVE ENABLED" stickers on bottom. Also comes with a Xbox Live beta tester kit including an orange memory card.
Xbox Live Beta Kit ? ? Translucent Green "Debug Kit" written on bottom stickers. "Debug Kit" written on front, covered by a BETA sticker. Also comes with a Xbox Live beta tester kit including an orange memory card. XBL-Beta-Kit.png

Kisekae X

In late 2003, Microsoft of Japan ran a sweepstakes for up to 2,000 winners to win one of six "X" overlays designed by popular Japanese illustrators (in order) Jun Miura, Katsura Wakano, NIGO, Moyoko Anno, Tadanobu Asano, and Naohiro Ukawa. These overlays are essentially a plastic shell that covers the large X on the top of the Xbox. This page contains the original advertisement on Microsoft’s website for the sweepstakes.

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References

Source Key
[1] Official website source
[2] Marco Micheletti - 1, 2, 3, 4
[3] Third party source (linked inline)



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