On the heels of the Halo 3 Edition black
Zune, Microsoft is introducing a new brown version of the Halo-themed
player for military service members. After receiving feedback on the popularity
of the Zune players from U.S. soldiers, teams from Microsoft Zune and
Microsoft's U.S. Federal business joined together to develop a special Zune -
Halo 3 Military Edition, which will be available exclusively at military retail
stores in August.
The new version of the Zune player will be packaged in a
collectible Halo 3 box, and will come pre-loaded with artwork, trailers, and
music from all three Halo games – presumably with similar content found on the Halo Zune found at
A group of soldiers leaving for active duty yesterday from
the Baltimore Washington International airport were the first to receive the
new Halo Zune devices. Working closely with the USO, a non-profit organization
focused on improving the quality of life of service members, Microsoft
contributed 300 of the new Zune players to the USO of Metropolitan Washington
to be part of a special USO care package the soldiers received.
"Microsoft has been a great partner to the USO of
Metropolitan Washington for several years, supporting both our U.S. soldiers
and the USO's mission," says Elaine Rogers, president of the USO of
Metropolitan Washington. "From Zune devices and Xbox 360 gaming consoles
to new computers with the latest Windows Vista and Office software, Microsoft's
technology has helped service members stay connected and entertained."
Microsoft is offering the Zune - Halo 3 Military Edition to
military personnel and their families at discounted rates through military
retailers, including AAFES, and Navy and Marine Corps commissaries, beginning
in early August.
Special Zunes are not the only Halo promo item on
Microsoft’s list. Last month at the E3 conference, Microsoft revealed a special Halo 3 edition
Xbox 360 dressed in Spartan Green with HDMI
and other extra features. In June, retailer GameStop revealed special Halo
3-themed Xbox 360 controllers featuring Todd McFarlane artwork and Spartan
green wireless headset.
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