New Xbox 360 Model Announced; Xbox Live Offering Free Games Every Month

By Ishaan . June 10, 2013 . 9:52am

Microsoft announced a new model of the Xbox 360 this morning, which is available now in North America. The console’s design is inspired by the new Xbox One Console.


Additionally, Microsoft announced that Xbox Live Gold members will receive two free games per month . Microsoft revealed two games this morning—Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II.


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  • Given how these guys would still be paying for a sub to get these games in the first place…?

    Yeah, Sony’s way of doing things still feels like it makes more sense, and it has greater volume.

    Though hey, at least they’re trying to give some value to how Live is…

  • Anime10121

    Images anybody, my stream crapped out when they announced it.

  • Chris Yuen

    Sounds like what Playstation Plus had already done for a long time…except with games that are more awesome. The PS3 got a blu-ray drive? Welp, we should get one too for the XBone! Well..imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…so can’t really blame the Microsoft guys for that.

    • yo1234

      I like how the guy from Microsoft announced that it had a bluray player like if it was some kind of big accomplishment during the unveiling. Well i guess it is since the 360 didn’t have one.

    • Mr_SP

      …More awesome? More AWESOME!? What about Uncharted 3 and XCom: Enemy Unknown, free on PS Plus next month!? What about Ico, Shadow Of The Colossus, and Demon’s Souls, out now!? AC2 and Halo 3 aren’t even the most recent games of their brands, unlike Mass Effect 3 was a couple months ago!

      • The difference, I’m guessing, is that you are owning Microsoft’s offerings, unlike the PS+’s “rented” offerings. Then again, I couldn’t care less about Microsoft. No, really! Look at the chart!

        • Mr_SP

          “Rented”? As long as you’re subscribed to PS Plus, you keep the games forever… or as long as you have the appropriate console, at least. I do not doubt that your free Xbox games come with a “as long as you have Gold” tag attached. Even if it doesn’t… It’s not as if you can suddenly *not* have Gold, when you need it for online play. You either play online and have Gold, or you don’t.

          • And regardless of Access Level, you still need to be connected to the interned to even play “pseudo-offline”. I understand. And yeah, PS+ Free games are “rented”. You keep paying to keep those games “forever” in your Downloads List (or whatever is your definition of it).

        • 324234

          While we won’t know until it’s explicitly stated..there’s no way in hell you’re keeping the games off subscription. We’re talking about a system in which you’re forced to subscribe in order to access any of the basic features of competitors systems (Netflix, Online MP, etc), so no way are the free games not subscription-dependent.

  • TrannyMagic


  • Awesome, games I either own or don’t want.

    • Sounds kinda like Plus, now, don’t it?

      • It took Plus awhile to get good. Sadly Microsoft has had a decade to make Live worth owning. In that time it hasn’t changed since it was launched.

        • Fair enough of an argument. I’ve got nothing.

      • 324234

        This month PS+ doesn’t get 2 games in a month. It gets -6-. On PS3. It gets 8 total if you count Vita (and the PSP). Halo 3 is 6 years old, AC2 is 4 years old.

        Uncharted 3 is 2 years old, xcom is 1 year old, LBP:Karting is 1 year old, deus ex is 2 years old, saints row 3 is 2 years old, machinarium is 4 years old.

        Xbox’s are around 5 years old on average, PS+ (retail games) varies between 1 and 2. So by comparison it seems like games you clearly weren’t ever going to buy vs. games you might not have gotten yet. I’d also like to point out that for every single franchise listed on the Sony side, it is the newest released installment in that series, whereas Halo 3 and AC2 are both old installments.

        Extra point: PS+ is cheaper in smaller quantities. You’re only charged ~$6 a month at base (3month), where on xbox they try and hit you with $10 to buy a month, breaking even at year-longs, or $6 (PS+) a month vs. $8 (xbox) a month for 3 months. You’re charged more for worse offerings on xbox, and I’m not going to be surprised if they try to up the cost of Gold later to compensate.

  • cant afford an Xbox One. Guess I’d better buy a 360 that looks like one!

  • Zonic505

    So it’s PS+ for 360. Hey, makes the Gold I have more worth it, hopefully.

    • 324234

      Well no, it’s mimicking it but offering nowhere -near- the value of it. 20% PS+ maybe. Shame you aren’t taking the next-gen opportunity to switch to PS4 instead.

  • heartless141

    not gonna guess anything, but isn’t xbox market place has a tons of dumb indie games as well? surely once in a while they could just throw one of those out.

    • But they were made for the XBOX 360. And they are actually throwing aside the XBLA Market! And they were clear about how “If you’re thinking Backward Compatible, then you’re Backwards!”

      • heartless141

        i don’t get what you are saying, may be we are on the wrong page.

        what i meant is Halo 3 and ACII isn’t that good of a deal, and there might be even chances of you getting one of these for one of the free games:

        • I know what you meant before. And all I am saying is that they are practically shooting great Indie developers in the kneecaps if they keep doing the same stunts they are still doing in the 360 Marketplace.

  • Skode

    Giving away the older games for free as downloads, well i cant knock getting something extra for what im already paying. I suppose this is why Fable 3 is currently free to download

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