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Xbox 360 Slim Gaming Accessory Review

Gears of War 3 Vault


Format: Xbox 360 Slim
RRP: £69.99
8 048792 73561
Available 16 September 2011

Partnering with Epic Games, Calibur11 has released an exclusive Gears of War 3 Vault. This is a high-end, interactive case for the Xbox 360 Slim that features a high-definition “Bleed-Out” finish, controller cradle and an LED Crimson Omen that glows red every time a player is downed by an opponent.

For those that take their Xbox 360 Slim with them everywhere a Calibur11 Vault is pretty much an essential purchase. It adds stability and protection to the console as well as increasing airflow to the fan (as the console is lifted off the floor). They're of meaty design and add that extra level of protection while in transit. You can also hang your controller and headset on the handy shelf too (if you chose to add this when you put everything together. But mostly people should buy this because they look damn cool and can be customised to suit your needs (with name plates available to buy separately).

The Gears of War 3 Vault glows red when you bite the bullet, which is done through sound cues. This means that if you use the USB to plug in headphones then the Vault won't work as intended.

I have to admit that I do find Calibur11's Xbox and PS3 Vaults incredibly sexy (there's one on the horizon for Battlefield 3 which includes a 3D smoke grenade and claymore design embedded into the Vault. But I'm also aware that with a retail price of £70 these are an expensive luxury.

You certainly get value for money though. Everything from the packaging to the final item is lovingly presented.

For those that take their gaming seriously, this is a cool product that will give you instant street cred with your mates. It requires a tiny amount of assembly, but it's so simple it practically erects itself.

The only two sticking points are the fact that it only fits an Xbox Slim and the RRP. If you've got the cash and love Gears of War 3, then this is a no brainer.


Darren Rea

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