As promised, Microsoft is not going to let the Xbox 360 whither as it prepares to launch the Xbox One later this year. The soon-to-be little big brother console has been redesigned with a boxier aesthetic that puts it closer in line with the Xbox One.
So, um, hopefully it's made with that hot "liquid black" that Microsoft is so proud of on the Xbox One? In all seriousness, Microsoft says the new Xbox 360 is "smaller, sleeker and as quiet as ever." Quiet? I don't know about you, but my Xbox 360 S is loud as heck. And as you can see from the photo below, the Xbox 360 power button ring is now much smaller. Microsoft last redesigned the Xbox 360 in 2010 with the Xbox 360 S.
The new Xbox 360 is available starting today for $200 (4GB), $300 (250GB) and $300 (Kinect + 4GB model).
In addition to a new Xbox 360 design, Microsoft promises "hundreds of games" will still be published on the console. Three new exclusives include World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, Max: The curse of Brotherhood, and Dark Souls II.
Microsoft is also throwing a bone to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Starting on July 1, Microsoft's gifting its faithfuls two free games a month. The first two games this summer: Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3.
(Posted on location at E3 2013 in Los Angeles, California.)