Microsoft announces redesigned Xbox 360 console, available today [Update]

Microsoft announced a redesigned version of its Xbox 360 at its pre-E3 press conference today, though little information was released about the console beyond the fact that it is available for purchase immediately.

Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, said the console mimics the "modern" appearance of the company's upcoming Xbox One console. Mehdi added that the console will be extremely quiet despite having a slimmer profile than the current Xbox 360 console.

Despite being a nearly decade-old device, Medhi recently said that Microsoft hopes to sell another 25 million Xbox 360 consoles. Medhi said Microsoft will be "hitting new price points" with the console. The Xbox 360 has been the top-selling console in the U.S. for 28 consecutive months, though sales have continued to dip; the total U.S. gaming revenue this April was just $495.2 million, down 25 percent from April 2012.

A recent rumor indicated Microsoft would release a version of the Xbox 360 that plays downloadable titles but has no disc drive, though that isn't the case with the redesigned console announced today. Pictures of the new console shown at the press conference indicate the device will still have a disc drive, though the company didn't announce whether it will have a Blu-ray drive found in the Xbox One or the current DVD drive of the Xbox 360.

Update: Microsoft has confirmed the console will cost the same as current versions of the Xbox 360: $199.99 for the 4GB version, $299.99 for a 250GB version, and $299.99 for a 4GB version with a bundled Kinect sensor.

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cleverclogs said,
"Despite being a nearly decade-old device"
Nearly? How is 7 years nearly a decade?

A decade is 10 years. 7 is more than half, so they're rounding up. No need to get ****y over details.

Anyone know if the WiFi radio in the new model supports 5GHz? They really screwed the pooch with the first 'slim' model by making it 2.4GHz only.

You do know that 5GHz is only referring to a different frequency band. It has nothing to do w/ the "Speed" of the wireless connection. In this case, 2.4Ghz is better than 5Ghz (which is a weaker band) The only reason to use 5Ghz, is if you have a lot of 2.4 Ghz devices and you notice that there is interference w/ these devices. I have like 5 wireless devices besides my 360, and haven't noticed any interference from them.

I don't really care HOW or WHAT it looks like. Just ensure that it is RRoD proof and set the price at $100 or lower.

este said,
I don't really care HOW or WHAT it looks like. Just ensure that it is RRoD proof and set the price at $100 or lower.

Really? 100 dollars or lower? For an Xbox 360? Tell me what you're smoking.

Oh and btw, RROD doesn't exist anymore since 2010 with the redesigned Xbox.

Jarrichvdv said,

Really? 100 dollars or lower? For an Xbox 360? Tell me what you're smoking.

Oh and btw, RROD doesn't exist anymore since 2010 with the redesigned Xbox.


I need to replace my old white xbox but I will wait until a price drop. Im not spending more then $100 to replace it right now.

neufuse - since when is a console (any console) a fashion statement? Besides, considering the issues with RROD, could the rather atypical design used by the XB360 (and the original XBOX) have been part of the problem? Odd case designs are a GPB to keep cool (ask any PC case modder) - a minimalist design is all about function. It's not supposed to call attention to itself. Sony's PS2 was a classic minimalist design (when laid flat) - it only looked different when stood on-end. (The same applies, in fact, to most wireless routers and broadband modems - typical is an either/or design that can be either stood on-end or laid flat.) The XB360 (new design) can also be stood on-end or laid flat (like the design it replaces) - notice that it's shown on-end (like the previous design) - basically, it's aesthetics that are different (and price) - the functionality didn't deteriorate any.

PGHammer said,
neufuse - since when is a console (any console) a fashion statement? Besides, considering the issues with RROD, could the rather atypical design used by the XB360 (and the original XBOX) have been part of the problem? Odd case designs are a GPB to keep cool (ask any PC case modder) - a minimalist design is all about function. It's not supposed to call attention to itself. Sony's PS2 was a classic minimalist design (when laid flat) - it only looked different when stood on-end. (The same applies, in fact, to most wireless routers and broadband modems - typical is an either/or design that can be either stood on-end or laid flat.) The XB360 (new design) can also be stood on-end or laid flat (like the design it replaces) - notice that it's shown on-end (like the previous design) - basically, it's aesthetics that are different (and price) - the functionality didn't deteriorate any.

sarcastic comment based on Microsoft saying it was "modernized"........