Regardless of one's opinion of the Microsoft press event at E3, one thing for sure: Xbox was still committed to its 360 users. To prove this, they announced a huge variety of new Xbox 360 titles that will be releasing over the next 12 months, plus a bunch of free content, games and other exclusive offers. To round out their emphasis on the 360 before jumping into what everyone wanting to hear (and bash) about, the Xbox One, Microsoft also announced a brand new, redesigned Xbox 360.
In keeping with the look and feel of the Xbox One, the new Xbox 360 E model takes on a more box-like body, as opposed to the Xbox 360 S, which tapered off in the center from both sides. The Kinect also got a slight rehaul, and while it is nothing like the Kinect 2, the minor tweaks made to the frame really bring the full look together. Best of all, the new 360 is slimmer, quieter and does look a little sleeker than the previous one. Upon announcement, Microsoft made the console immediately available, although some retailers may take up to a week to get the product in-store.
On the commitment to the 360, Microsoft's Yusuf Medhi said,
Xbox 360 offers unrivaled value - with more great games, an Xbox Live community with 48 million members, and a compelling line-up of apps, sports, movies, TV and music. 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.
Considering that the Xbox 360 S had no major flaws with it, I'd have to agree that now is the best time to upgrade your 360 console. I know I already picked one up, and you should too, at The Microsoft Store. The only downside is that you cannot buy a 250 GB version of it, with the Kinect bundle. The redesigned Xbox 360 is available for the same prices as the existing console: $199.99 for the 4 GB console, $299.99 for the 250 GB edition and $299.99 for the 4 GB Kinect Bundle. Luckily, I'm moving my hard drive into a new one as soon as it gets to my door step. How about you?