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Microsoft reveals Xbox 360 transition strategy, console redesign
Microsoft reveals Xbox 360 transition strategy, console redesign
June 10, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

June 10, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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Kicking off the festivities of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft hit the ground running with its morning press conference to a packed, green-drenched audience hall.

Following an opening look at Kojima Productions' Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain, the stage was handed off to Yusuf Mehdi to unveil the redesigned Xbox 360, boasting a "smaller, sleeker" design that is "available today."

Mehdi also announced that Xbox Live Gold members would be offered two free games per month up until the launch of the Xbox One, taking off a similar model offered by PlayStation Plus. Critically, Mehdi stressed the words "yours to keep," a not-so-veiled comment on PSN users losing access to Plus games with the suspension of their subscriptions.

Mehdi then unveiled Wargaming's free-to-play World of Tanks for Xbox Live. Wargaming's Victor Kislyi called the 360 the "perfect match" as a console platform for the title, adding that the game had been significantly retooled to take advantage of the platform.

Press Play's Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and FromSoftware's Dark Souls II were also teased for the 360 platform, capping off Microsoft's 360-One transition strategy.

From there, Phil Spencer took the stage to transition the conference to what we can expect on Xbox One. We'll have that for you next.


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TC Weidner
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500 bucks, uninspired games, winner this round.. the PC. PS4 you are up, lets see what you have..

Doug Poston
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It's Sony's game to lose now.

Bob Allen
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I'm guessing you had that comment typed and ready to go before the press conference. You can't seriously look at all the exclusives Microsoft just showed and think Sony has a significantly better hand. Knack? Please. If someone told me that was a Wii game, I would have believed them. Killzone 4? The latest iteration of Sony's attempt to knockoff Halo- although lately it at least looks like they've given that up and decided to knockoff Gears of War.

Dane MacMahon
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Bob, I didn't see much that excited me which was truly Xbox One exclusive. The Witcher 3, Titanfall, Battlefield, etc. are all on PC and most on PS4.

I'm not saying they can't make exclusives, and that exclusives won't sell the system despite the DRM and price, but if Sony can announce some actual exclusives to compete and a lower price with less DRM, well... theirs to lose, as said above.

TC Weidner
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Right now the most interesting and inspired games I see are coming from PC and mobile designers.

Groove Stomp
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I am hugely disappointed in the revamped 360.
I've been eyeing a 360 or PS3 for well over a year now, but have held on; waiting for a price drop.
While the new 360 looks nice, it's launching at $300 which means no price drop.
We'll see what happens with the PS3.

Kujel s
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I wonder how hard it might be to whipe one of these new 360's and install linux on, just for the fun of it. It might be interesting to see what the redesigned model can really do once unchained. I understand there is a software delay in the new models to compinsate for the physical delay in the older models and it would be interesting to compare the first gen chipset to the last gen chipset.

/end ramble


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