E3 2013 – Microsoft Says Farewell To MS Points, Xbox One Price And Launch Window Revealed, New Xbox 360

The Microsoft E3 2013 conference has finally ended and, with it, an onslaught of new details concerning the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Xbox Live service has been released.

In a move that comes to no surprise to many, Microsoft is finally saying goodbye to the slightly confusing Microsoft Point currency system, which is currently the economic system the Xbox 360 runs on. Microsoft’s own Marc Whitten announced during E3 that all Xbox One items will be priced in your local currency.

Marc has also reveled that the Xbox One will allow users to share Xbox Live gold features with multiple people among your household, something that previously required multiple Gold memberships. Along with this announcement, Microsoft also revealed that the Xbox One will be available in North America sometime this November for a somewhat steep price of $499 USD and €499 (no that’s not a mistake for you European readers).

If you reserve the console now you’ll be able to get a free upgrade to a limited edition commemorative bundle, which comes with a premium edition black box, controller, and a Day One Achievement. Another exciting announcement is that Twitch TV integration is coming to the Xbox One and will allow gamers to record and live broadcast their games directly to their Twitch TV channel.

In other news concerning the Xbox 360, while no price-cut was announced, Microsoft did reveal that they’ll be launching a brand-new redesigned model of the Xbox 360.

Xbox360E_4GB_Console_ST2013_US_Groupshot-610x427Besides the new look, nothing is different with the redesign. The pricing will remain unchanged from the current models that are on store shelves right now.

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