A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced Xbox One, and mostly highlighted the non-gaming features because E3 was on the horizon. Today, it was all gaming at the Microsoft conference with new trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, Deadrising3, The Witcher 3, Battlefield 4 as well as non-sequels such as Ryse, Sunset Overdrive, Project Spark, and Titanfall. And, unsurprisingly, a new Halo game will arrive in 2014. Most importantly, the price and release were finally announced. The Xbox One will cost $499 when it launches in November.
Personally, that price is far too steep especially when you consider the system’s major drawbacks: It needs to be connected to the Internet once a day or you can’t play games offline, you can only loan it to one person ever, and there are restrictions on the re-selling of games. These are terrible and unnecessary features that negate any shiny new games that will come along. I’ll happily stick with the 360, which has received a new design that ditches the “implode” look, and will also run quieter. Hit the jump for other brief reveals from Microsoft.
Microsoft announced that Xbox Live Gold will finally function like PS+ and give subscribers a couple of free games a month. Next month, subscribers can download Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3 for free. It’s a savvy move since newcomers who like those games will be motivated to pick up the sequels. However, two free games a month will only be released until Xbox One hits shelves.
Xbox One will also be ditching Microsoft Points and going to a cash system. I don’t know why this wouldn’t apply to 360 as well, but I’ve never really understood the reason for MSP in the first place.
Finally, here’s a look at the redesigned Xbox 360, which will be available starting today. It’s purdy: