Xbox One Priced at $499 and Will Be Released This November, New Design for Xbox 360, and More

     June 10, 2013

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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.

Update: Amazon is now accepting pre-orders for the Xbox One Console – Day One Edition!

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:

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