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Microsoft has announced a "slimmer and quieter" model of its Xbox 360 console at E3 2013.

 

The revised version of the current-generation system appears to feature the same internals as its predecessor, but sports an improved design.

 

Microsoft has pledged to continue supporting the Xbox 360, with "hundreds of new games" still to be released during the remainder of its lifecycle.

 

The company also confirmed that Xbox Live Gold subscribers are to receive two free games per month, bringing the service in line with the rival PlayStation Plus platform.

 

Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3 have been named as the first free titles for Gold members.

 

World of Tanks, Dark Souls 2 and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood were also announced for Xbox 360 at E3.

 

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XBox One has a price. $499 in the US, £429 in the UK.

 

In case anyone's wondering, $499 is £320. If you're in the UK and thinking of getting one you're being ripped off.

 

It's coming in November as well, so they'll most likely get the jump on Sony.

 

EDIT: Just been confirmed for Europe as €499, which is £424. Microsoft are going to need to explain why the US have it so much cheaper.

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No technology is really. A new iPhone in Britain is about £400 more than the exact same model in America.

 

Britain tends to be at the higher end for average prices of things, especially in relation to America, where technology tends to be super, super cheap thanks to the fact that they tend to be "making" it all (wink wink) and have very low taxes.

 

EDIT: Slightly less ridiculously, an iPad in America is £65 less expensive than one in Britain, so, whilst Britain tends to always be more expensive, there's not real pattern to exactly how much more expensive.

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That'd explain the "log in once a day" thing, I don't like it still and probably will get a PS4 only but I have a bit more sympathy for Microsoft's position.

 

Sympathy? They didn't have to put the online required in their console, bit more security to stop them being flashed rather than making silly things like this.

The Xbox fanboys will still buy it, but Sony has owned this E3 and certainly the PS4 is looking a much better prospect for the future and next gen console race.

 

I did find the digs in the Sony conference pretty funny though, they knew what they were doing. I've got a PS4 preordered.Xbox emailed me to preorder a Limited Edition Xbox One. I deleted the email.

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Sympathy? They didn't have to put the online required in their console, bit more security to stop them being flashed rather than making silly things like this.

The way I see it is the main thing that companies do for security is run checks on machines when they log on to the online service and brick ones that have been modified (which sucks for people who want to do legit homebrew stuff with machines but serves the thieves right) but that obviously hasn't made too great of a difference. So now it's a case of "log in with a modded machine you get bricked, don't log in, you get bricked" which is really heavy handed and hurts people without a good internet connection but presumably they think the piracy is that big of a problem, though I hope that they make reactivation easy and free of charge.

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Microsoft know the business model by now. PS3 made amazing gains in terms of sales in the latter life cycles of both consoles. Microsoft know 360s can be flashed and they know how. They should simply ensure this doesn't happen again. Ps3s never got flashed.

People don't want to have to connect to the Internet by force. They certainly want to be able to sell or trade their games and they don't want to feel like their privacy is violated by an always on, always recording and connected to the Internet camera. Microsoft is alienating their customers in a big way. The starting RRP alone is going to lose them ground in a big way.

Then of course they're billing it as an entertainment machine and showing off everything from music to tv, but the gamings on the back foot. The quote from them pre-e3 telling people if they don't want to connect to the net or don't have it can play 360 was incredibly shortsighted of them.

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