Microsoft presented the future of the Xbox today at Los Angeles, with tons of new games for the Xbox One and even some for Xbox 360. Starting off with an impressive new gameplay trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Microsoft also had a few other surprises besides games. First off was the announcement of a brand new model of the Xbox 360 that is redesigned to fit the aesthetic of the Xbox One. It will be available starting today, but for now we don’t know many details regarding pricing or improvements. It is, however, slimmer and quieter than the previous Slim model. The company also announced a brand new addition to Xbox Live Gold, free games.
Taking a page out of Sony’s playbook with PlayStation Plus, Microsoft will now give Gold members two free games every month. The first two games will be Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3, the program starts July 1 and the games are yours to keep. Fable III is free too right now, even though it wasn’t part of the announcement. Go grab it quick while you still can. Microsoft says players can expect “hundreds” of new games that are still coming to the Xbox 360, which sounds about right. New titles include World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition (free-to-play) and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Dark Souls II was also confirmed to be coming to the 360 in March of 2014.
On the Xbox One side of things, there are 13 exclusives coming to the console and plenty of multiplatform titles. Some of the big exclusive announcements include Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct (woah!), Sunset Overdrive, Minecraft Xbox One Edition, D4, Project Spark, Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, Below, an unnamed shooter by Black Tusk Studios, a brand new Halo game coming in 2014, and Respawn’s new game Titanfall. We also got new looks at Forza Motorsport 5 powered by the cloud, Quantum Break, as well as Battlefield 4 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Microsoft also announced that they are ditching Microsoft Points in favor of local currencies, you can have more friends on your friend’s list, and that you can now share Xbox Live Gold with your whole family instead of needing multiple accounts. SmartGlass will also be integrated into the Xbox One and will allow you to constantly see your own progress, as well as your friend’s. They also showed off a new feature called Upload Studio that lets you record, edit and share gameplay clips to the internet, and that the Xbox One will allow users to instantly stream their games through Twitch.tv.
Finally, the last major announcements were the price and release date. The Xbox One will retail for $499 and will be available in November 2013. We’ll be posting all the major trailers and gameplay demos shown at the event soon, so stay tuned.