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E3 - 2013 Coverage: New Xbox 360 and Free Games Service

Microsoft have unveiled a newly designed Xbox 360 that fits with the new Xbox branding led by the One. They've also revealed a new free game service for all Live Gold members that will compete with Sony's instant game collection.

The new 360 is smaller and quieter than the current slim model and, as mentioned, features the matte black finish of the new Xbox on-console logo. The console will be available from today in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

The new console will be priced at the same rate as the previous console. That's $199.99 for the 4GB edition and $299.99 for the 240GB model. You can view the new console below.

As well as this, Microsoft also revealed that Xbox Live Gold will now include a selection of free games that can be downloaded from the Marketplace. The service will begin with only two games, Assassin's Creed II and Halo 3. However, 'hundreds' of games have been promised for the future.

RGDfleet | 10th June, 2013
Fat Tony's picture
Fable III today. I am a happy Fatty.
Platinum's picture
Free games? Time to fire up the 360!
Fat Tony's picture
It's a very transparent attempt at damage control but hey, I'll reap the rewards happily. Fable III is pretty fun!
Platinum's picture
Indeed ill take em!
Dead Alive's picture
I actually liked Fable III. Not as good as Lost Chapters, and the holding hands simulation at the start amused me and the stuff at the end annoyed me, but the middle part of it was really fun.
djdawsonuk's picture
Definitely damage control, but still - better than no free games.

There's been an upheaval of people cancelling their Gold accounts in reaction to the DRM system on the One, so it looks like a way to claw some of them back.
Fat Tony's picture
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Originally Posted by Dead Alive View Post
I actually liked Fable III. Not as good as Lost Chapters, and the holding hands simulation at the start amused me and the stuff at the end annoyed me, but the middle part of it was really fun.
I really disliked Fable II, the first Fable I played, because it felt like "baby's first RPG." Fable III seems a lot more self-aware. John Cleese is helping a lot, lol.
Platinum's picture
If I had a 360 and a Xbox one, would I need two gold accounts or just the one?
Dead Alive's picture
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Originally Posted by Fat Tony View Post
I really disliked Fable II, the first Fable I played, because it felt like "baby's first RPG." Fable III seems a lot more self-aware. John Cleese is helping a lot, lol.
I don't remember much of Fable II, so I guess that goes into how much I liked it. But I loved Fable: The Lost Chapters. Nothing at all like Molyneux promised but a good game. I loved Albion in that time period and Jack of Blades was brilliant. All the systems in place were better than what came after, too. Fond memories of trying to get the Sword of Avo (it did have a better name...) from its pedestal.
Fat Tony's picture
Just finished Fable III. It is extremely funny and tbh that's the major sell for it. It's still incredibly easy, particularly if you take the time to invest in properties, and I managed to get the perfect ending in a single playthrough.

There are lots of exploration based quests for the end-game, mind you, so it probably still has some playtime left in it.

Also, I wish I had Stephen Fry's voice.

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