While everyone's flipping out over the Xbox One, for one reason or another, Microsoft has slipped this bit of news out the door. Starting today a brand new Xbox 360 SKU will be available at stores. The new box take a lot of style inspiration from the Xbox One, but should otherwise be similar. Coming in two forms, the 4GB version retails for $199.99, while the 250GB costs $299.99 which is also the price of the 4GB versions packaged with a Kinect.
Considering that the Xbox One will have no backwards compatibility, I suppose this is Microsoft's way of creating a box that can share self space without looking odd. You'll be able to have your Xbox 360 and Xbox One right next to each other, united in sexiness, at least until they catch fire from the heat between them.
Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing and strategy officer, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft said the following:
"Xbox 360 offers unrivaled value — with more great games, an Xbox Live community with 48 million members, and a compelling lineup of apps, sports, movies, TV shows and music. We’ve taken all we have learned these past eight years and engineered a new Xbox 360 console that is elegant and accessible to anyone. There’s never been a better time to experience everything Xbox 360 has to offer."
If you're looking for a new 360, or think Microsoft will be abandoning the thing after the Xbox One's launch, here's something to think about. Also, as a bonus to current Xbox 360 owners who continue their Xbox Live Gold accounts from now through the end of the year, Microsoft has a special promotion. Enjoy two free Xbox Live games each month starting July 1. For E3, Fable III has been made freely available for download. Just... don't go to PlayStation. Please?