Thursday, June 13, 2013

Microsoft announces a refreshed XBox 360

At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft unveiled a new design for the Xbox 360. Expected to ship this week to retailers across the U.S., U.K., Canada, Ireland and Australia, the new Xbox 360 will continue to roll out worldwide over the coming months, extending the life cycle of the console that has already sold 76 million units worldwide. The Xbox 360 has been the best-selling console in the U.S. for the past 28 months.

Microsoft has given the Xbox 360 a new design that resembles the Xbox One, in an attempt to give a similar look and feel to the entire family of Xbox products. The new Xbox 360 will retail for the same prices as the existing console: $199.99 estimated retail price (ERP) for the 4GB console, $299.99 ERP for the 250GB edition and $299.99 ERP for the 4GB Kinect Bundle.

Microsoft also announced that every qualifying Xbox Live Gold member — new or existing — will receive two free Xbox 360 game downloads per month starting July 1 until Dec. 31, 2013, including popular titles such as "Halo 3" and "Assassin's Creed II." And to celebrate E3 in the month of June, Xbox Live Gold members will receive a free download of "Fable III." In addition, for a limited time gamers can get a Day One 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership and play "Killer Instinct: Round One," with the exclusive Shadow Jago character, on Xbox One. Players will also receive a commemorative Day One membership card.

In terms of new games, developer announced a new exclusive installment of the game "World of Tanks" is coming exclusively to Xbox 360 later this year.

In addition, the following games will also be available for the Xbox 360: "Call of Duty: Ghosts," "Grand Theft Auto V," "Battlefield 4," "Madden NFL 25," "FIFA 14," "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," "Watch Dogs," "Batman: Arkham Origins" and "Fable Anniversary.


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