At E3, Microsoft unveiled an update to its Xbox 360 gaming console, originally launched in 2005. The new Xbox 360 is "small, sleek, and quiet" and mirrors the look and feel of the Xbox One.
Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi said, that Xbox 360, which has sold more than 76 million consoles worldwide, will continue to be a mainstay in the Xbox lineup for years to come.
Along with a new appearance, the new Xbox 360, will also get host of new games including: "World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition," "Max: The Curse of Brotherhood" action-role-playing game (RPG) "Ascend: Hand of Kul."
"Xbox 360 offers unrivaled value - with more great games, an Xbox Live community with 48 million members, and a compelling line-up of apps, sports, movies, TV and music," said Mehdi. As a gesture of thanks, "every Xbox Live Gold subscriber will receive two free Xbox 360 games per month until the release of Xbox One."
The Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3 will be among the first titles to be available for Gold subscribers, as well as a free download of "Fable III."
Microsoft also announced new title to the current 4,500 Xbox 360 titles including "Call of Duty: Ghosts," "Grand Theft Auto V," "Battlefield 4," "Madden NFL 25," "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," "Watch Dogs," "Batman: Arkham Origins" and "Fable Anniversary."
The new sleek Xbox 360 is available today for the same old price and editions across the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and Ireland, and will continue to roll out across all Xbox regions over the coming months.
Microsoft also announced that it has integrated live streaming site Twitch with Xbox One. The integration will allow Xbox Gold Live customers to instantly broadcast their game streams to Twitch channels, as well as view the streams as others.
In addition, users will also be able to view those streams within the Xbox One as well. And, can also stream games from the pros.
Twitch already has more than 35 million unique viewers a month, who watch about 1.5 hours of video play each day on average. Part of the reason for that viewership is that it has more than 600,000 unique broadcasters per month, of which 4,000 are part of the company's partner program.
Update 06/18: Xbox 360 marked the 29th consecutive month that Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in the U.S. last month, selling more units than any other platform, according to new data from the NPD:
- "Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in May (hardware, software and accessories) reached $149.8 million, the most for any console in the U.S.
- During the month of May, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles including: "Dead Island: Riptide," "Injustice: Gods Among Us," "Metro: Last Light," NBA 2K13," Call of Duty: Black Ops II," "BioShock Infinite" and "Halo 4"."