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Microsoft Announces Yet Another Redesigned Xbox 360 at E3

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An Xbox 360 designed to look more like the Xbox One.

The main attraction at Microsoft's E3 keynote yesterday was the company's upcoming Xbox One, and while Redmond certainly devoted an awful lot of time and attention to its new horse in the console race, the company also took a little time for the Xbox 360.

Despite the fact that the Xbox One is due out later this year, Microsoft yesterday announced a new version of the Xbox 360 as well. The new console takes its design cues from the Xbox One but is exactly the same under the hood.

 

"Xbox 360 offers unrivaled value — with more great games, an Xbox Live community with 48 million members, and a compelling lineup of apps, sports, movies, TV and music," said Yusuf Mehdi, marketing and strategy, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft.

"We’ve taken all we have learned these past eight years and engineered a new Xbox 360 console that is elegant and accessible to anyone. There’s never been a better time to experience everything Xbox 360 has to offer."

The new Xbox 360 will be priced at $199.99 for the 4GB console, $299.99 for the 250GB edition or $299.99 for the 4GB Kinect Bundle and is available to buy now. In addition to the new Xbox 360, Microsoft is offering new and existing Xbox Live Gold members two free Xbox 360 game downloads per month starting July 1 and continuing through until December 31, 2013. The offer will include popular titles like Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II. To celebrate E3, XBL Gold members will receive a free download of Fable III in June.

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    jaber2 , June 11, 2013 9:08 AM
    Why would you buy some outdated xbox? the PS4 is only few months away.
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    stevejnb , June 11, 2013 9:37 AM
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    Why would you buy some outdated xbox? the PS4 is only few months away.


    Jaber... I'm guessing by the time the PS4 or XBOX One come out, you'll be able to get a 360 for less than half the cost of a PS4 and that's probably with motion controls. On top of that there will be a staggering game selection for PS3/XBOX 360 compared to the new consoles for quite a while. Price + game selection is a compelling reason to buy a machine... Heck, look at the Wii - outdated hardware, few games, and a gimmicky motion control system and it outsold the PS3 and 360 combined for a good long time last gen.

    Short version? Not everything is about "ZOMG I got the 1337est new gaming console with my one game!" Mature consoles have notable advantages.
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    brandonjclark , June 11, 2013 9:53 AM
    Those "advantages" fade very quickly.
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    boju , June 11, 2013 10:24 AM
    A notion would assume they're wasting their time considering the new consoles are almost among us but this is also good news for those doing it tough.

    Not saying only the unfortunate would benefit, just saying some kids out there have to wait.
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    ojas , June 11, 2013 11:09 AM
    Someone actually called this on Tech Report. They must have surplus chips and game CDs they want to sell.
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    ojas , June 11, 2013 11:09 AM
    But wait, i hope this doesn't mean that we're STILL GOING TO BE HELD BACK BY THE OLD GENERATION?!
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    TheMadFapper , June 11, 2013 11:16 AM
    I hope everyone boycotts the Xbox One release. I'm pretty sure I could run Microsoft better than Ballmer.
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    josejones , June 11, 2013 11:31 AM
    God damn this new fucking update by Tom's - Once again my short post won't go through & keeps saying "an error has occurred" - bullshit.
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    livebriand , June 11, 2013 1:23 PM
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    God damn this new fucking update by Tom's - Once again my short post won't go through & keeps saying "an error has occurred" - bullshit.
    You can't have any line breaks if you post from the article side. (if you track down the article in the forums and post, it works fine) What the hell toms?
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    hixbot , June 11, 2013 1:46 PM
    This is just a way to de-value eveyone's current 360 and hurt the second hand console sales just as many people would want to be selling.
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    Hellbound , June 11, 2013 1:56 PM
    What some people don't realize is that you cant play 360 games on the xbox one.. So for continuity sake, they made a 360 that looks similar to the xbox one.. Eventually this will be cheaper, and an inexpensive way to play the old library of games.
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    somebodyspecial , June 11, 2013 4:03 PM
    "The new console takes its design cues from the Xbox One but is exactly the same under the hood."

    So this thing comes with a bluray drive and AMD apu? :)  I mean, it's EXACTLY the same right? So I save a few hundred? Does Tom's guarantee this? I see you are trying to force connections to my other accounts (I had to log in even though I was in another tab...LOL). And I had to block a new ad you forced on me in the lower left...oh well, adblock+ FTW! :) 
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    captaincharisma , June 11, 2013 5:26 PM
    boycott? you really expect the xbox fanbase who kept buying a console that had a 50% fail rate to boycott this?
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    John Hadley , June 11, 2013 7:36 PM
    Any console manufacturer will release new models of the console at least every few years if they want to get sales, otherwise a lot more of the sales than they would like will go to the used market because the price is much less. Even if they only change the design of the faceplate and nothing else they need something for people to look at and recognize a new model from the old in order to make sure they get the sales from the part of the population who will only settle for the latest model which very has few used units available on the market.
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    frank the tank , June 11, 2013 8:34 PM
    They Had to release a new 360. as far as the Xbox One goes. Microsoft Went Full EA and ended up shooting themselves in the foot.. with a rocket launcher. Microsoft I hope you learn from your mistakes... Never go Full EA
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    jerrspud , June 12, 2013 7:16 AM
    How long did the PS2 co-exist with the PS3 and still beat it in sales numbers? Heck Sony made the PS2 until this year. I think it's a good thing that M$ will still support the 360.