Microsoft Surprises E3 Conference Atendees With A Free Xbox 360 (New Model)

How will Sony top this? Microsoft has just surprised everybody attending the Microsoft press conference by giving every single one the attendees a brand new modeled Xbox 360.

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AliTheBrit192627d ago

Pretty awesome, lucky SOBs!

deadreckoning6662627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

It was a well deserved gift for sitting in that awful conference. With the exception of Dance Central game...every other game was just underwhelming.
And no price drop? The 360 should have been $200 since last year for the simple fact that it came out ONE WHOLE year before the PS3 and its has no Blu-ray.

All fanboyism aside...that conference from a gamers perspective wasn't good.

@Guntrol- Okay, gamer to gamer, was there anything you saw that blew you away? I'm still in shock of what just happened right now so I'm srry if I seem angry.

For me, Gears 3 and Reach only looked a LITTLE bit better than previous games. Rising was WAAAAY to slow paced for an action game when compared to Bayonetta and GOW3.

The best game they showed IMO was Black Ops..and that to me, is not cool. I will NEVER eva, eva eva eva buy a 360 after the s**tfest I saw today.

@cgoodno- But the thg is, the 360 isn't a casual console. The wide majority of Wii owners will NOT pay $400-450 to make the Move to Kinect..not gunna happen. Personally, I think Kinect will be the biggest entertainment flop this generation. What happened to the hardcore games we were supposed to see?

Hideo_Kojima2627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

scrap that...

reading bellow made me realize...

MS went casual dam it they have this thing that always makes me want to buy a 360 after their conferences though

@deadreckoning666 yeah sorry I got pulled onto the hype train... but you guys lassoed me off.

ATLGAMER2627d ago

u will hear about this for days to come....and it was very bad

Christopher2627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

Far from a bad conference. The only problem I had was some of the scripted Kinetic events, but otherwise they delivered a very well-rounded conference that tackled pretty much every current target audience member and the new casual market.

1. Only a few third-party items and got them out of the way quickly.

2. Hit right into hardcore gaming with the big titles and a completely new reveal from Crytek.

3. ESPN is a huge win for them. People spend hundreds of dollars a year for this sort of programming via Cable or Satellite. Now it only costs them $50 a year and they get additional social functionality.

4. Casual market gamers were not bad. There were some annoying scripted elements, but the Ubisoft display itself showed why your wife might take over your living room. Most hardcore gamers may not be interested in it, but that was a very well done showing of doing a hands-free exercise game. The first-party titles were generic and not that exciting, but third-parties like that since it means they won't have additional competition.

5. New Xbox slim for $299. Old elites now $249. Old arcades now $149.

They touched on everything.

Edit: I expect a lot of disagrees for this because people here are so focused on hardcore gaming, but from a business perspective, this was about as solid as you can get for conferences. Sony has their work cut out for them.

omi25p2627d ago

it was aimed at casual gamers like microsoft said a bazzilion times

Gamerbee2627d ago

They started this. MS is playing catch up.

pxpxp2627d ago

they knew it would be the only way to surprise the crowd

zeeshan8102627d ago

Can't wait for Sony Conference. :P

hoops2627d ago

It was not great either.
MS did this conference for the casual crowd only.
This was done for shareholders and to increase the base of sales. Thats it. Natal or whatever they call it will sell like boat loads to the Woo crowd. That was their intention.
Sony's conference is going to be so much better without blinking

Information Minister2627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

@ ATLGAMER - The conference was terrible, but you will not hear about it for days to come. The free Xbox Slim will make sure of that.

Kahvipannu2627d ago

There is price drop, 50 dollars off to old models.

Brewski0072627d ago

Its the first one ive ever seen live and if that wasnt a bad conferance i'd hate to see what a bad one is then. I thought they shouldve got kinect out of the way FIRST , then focused on halo , gears and forza after that. Kinect went on too long and by the end it was boring.
The conferance call between 2 "sisters" was terrible to watch and i muted it. The gift at the end was a light at the end of the tunnel for them I bet. Very nice to be in the audience no doubt.

HBK6192627d ago

So what was it? That was a terrible conference. It started well (if unspectacularly, shoving Kojima off stage was the first sign of WTF are they doing?) and then they brought on Kinect and the show turned to drivel. Was truly terrible from that point on and it really did downgrade the rest of the show.

If that wasn't a bad conference for you. Then you're going to be amazed at the others...

talltony2627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

Now the press is going to give biased reactions just because they got a free xbox. Still I wouldn't mind to be in that audience right now.

If I could describe that confrence in one statement it would have to be

"smoke and mirrors"

did you see that dance game or that scripted star wars game? You can fool the dummies but you cannot fool me!

Pennywise2627d ago

Deadreckoning... for the first time ever from me: +Bubbles. Thank you for speaking the truth.

Gamers lost big time today. MS went casual.

Its almost like the 3 usual suspects only showed up to appease us Hardcore... Other than that, I will see you guys on the PS3.

_vx2627d ago

it was the only move to counter the negative side of the epic fail conference..

Trollimite2627d ago

that dance game was rigged. those people dance reguardless of how you dance.

kinda like that wii game.

captain-obvious2627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

the WORST E3 I've ever see in my life
the only thing that I kinda liked is
1- that crytek game but we still need to see more
2- the new xbox
which I was disappointed when they announced the price
and i wont call it a slim since its not
its about the same size of the old one

i mean there is already a wifi and 250 GB bundle
all they do was remake that bundle

everything else was Gears 3 . halo reach and fable3
along side NATAL games that we alredy know about since yesterday

the only thing that's new is that ubisoft sportgame
by the way when I saw ubisoft's logo
i was like OMG here comes a NATAL hardcore game
and then again I got disappointed

and yes there was lag in NATAL demo's
that was a weak E3 from MS's side

im not American so I don't care about ESPN but it dose sound cool
and the new NATAL dash bored is straight up wii interface rip-off

the ONLY thing i really liked was the NATAL voice command and movie control demo
which show that this kind of device is more suitable for those kind of things more than gaming

CryWolf2627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

WHAT THE HELL!!! a 360 slim why would MS make a slim version of a mass up console for didn't a lot of people just buy a 360 that still calling big problems overheating now we have to deal with a new RROD slim now.

And the Microsoft E3 Conference was very disappointing using Natal for most of there games, O wait I mean kinect and that Star Wars game looked out of date in the graphics department.

WhittO2627d ago

Dance central wasn't live, she was making moves that it just ignored, like when she lifted her head up and down and it didn't do anything.

Feel like I'm hating in every thread, but I was expecting big things from MS, especially since they have been so quiet before the conference!

I didn't expect a bunch of fake game-play videos, 80% of the conference to be Kinect, Gears 3 (already knew), Fable 3 (already knew), Halo Reach (already knew), Metal Gear Rising & COD - multiplats...

I would also bet money that most of them "Kinect" games wont be playable on the floor, so it will be the Dodge-ball game with another random haha.

jakethemuss2627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

It is all outsourced. Therefore would require an extra margin on top. In console production Sony as the cost advantage due to manufacturing being internal and combined with their other electronics have economies of scale.

IMO the ps3 probally costs sony less to produce than the 360 does for MS.

Snakefist302627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

Dude last u told tat god of war 3 sucks and gayonetta is best and ur telling tat god of war 3 is

NY_State2627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

"With the exception of Dance Central game"

That game has to be the gayest thing ever created by man.

"Look kids now you too can learn how to dance like a drunken sweaty gay man at a bar looking for a one night stand. All thanks to MS, the Xbox, Natal and Dance(Gay) Central."


Lifendz2627d ago

but I gotta agree. No price drop for the 360? (new model should've been 199.99). C'mon MS. You can't be the same price as the PS3. You just can't. And MS is already charging 50 bucks per year for online. That alone should allow them to sustain a 199.99 price point.

Kinect wasn't horrible but where's the price? Outside of the Ubisoft game (which I may be partial to because they bumped Poison), all the other games looked unimpressive at best. They could've allievated all of that by stating Kinect is 99.99.

Gotta make you a little nervous about how much Kinect is going to cost. They're really pumping this thing up big. I wouldn't be surprised if they went for 199.99 and up.

And why are people jumping for joy when a feature is "free for gold members?" Shouldn't that go without saying?

loslonelyman2627d ago

Bubble 4 You...for once we are in total agreement!

Crystallis2627d ago

that was one of the most respectable comments you made thus far. Bubbles up for that.

Christopher2627d ago (Edited 2627d ago )

***But the [thing] is, the 360 isn't a casual console.***

In Microsoft's world, it is now. I'm not agreeing with the direction they're taking it, but their conference spoke very well to all of their intended audiences in one way or another. At least IMHO.

ThanatosDMC2627d ago

So they bribed them with a new console?! Wow, that's an awesome way to get them on their good side. HAHAHAH!

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Imperator2627d ago

LOL, just like always. MS had a horrible conference so they give away "gifts"

Independent_Charles2627d ago

how can they win lol. if microsoft didnt give anything your lot would say that their greedy and dont deserve support. when they give stuff away they are desperate. stupid whinos

pxpxp2627d ago

wow they just screwed all the ppl who bought an xbox in the past 2-3monts cus they had to buy wifi adapters and other sh!t. Thats the problem with unveiling and making it available right away. Expect a lot of xbox returns in the next week. They were greedy and screwed consumers so their weekly sales would not go down (not that they were that high anyways).

dirthurts2627d ago

Don't like it? Don't buy anything...
I paid 300 dollars for my video card.
Now it's 129 with a free game. You don't see me complaining.


You misused the term "whino". A whino is actually a drunk, not a whinner as in someone who whines or complains.