xbox pearl

Most Xbox consoles look the same, even those special edition versions for certain games are pretty widely produced. However, Microsoft has occasionally made official, very limited edition versions of its gaming consoles. For example, this really lovely mother of pearl-embellished Xbox One that was just given away by Microsoft in South Korea. There are only two of them in the world.

The smooth panels of the console have been replaced with custom panels with intricate mother of pearl engravings in traditional Korean style. This isn’t the first time Microsoft has done something like this. Back in 2008 Bill Gates gave a similar Xbox 360 with mother of pearl designs to then-president of South Korea Lee Myung-bak.

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As for this new Xbox One, one of the people who won the device is YouTuber BDC, so we got a good look at it in a full unboxing video. It is reportedly quite good-looking in person, but the edges of the lacquered panels are somewhat more rough than the regular plastic ones. This is just a consequence of the way the engravings are applied in layers. A small price to pay for having one of the rarest game consoles on the planet. Inside it’s the same Xbox One hardware you’d get for a few hundred dollars. If BDC did decide to sell it, I imagine he’d get a good deal of cash for it.

Check out the video above if you like, but it’s in Korean. You can still drool over a console that you will never have in any language.