updated 08:05 am EDT, Thu October 9, 2008
MS X360 Exp and Bundles
Microsoft today at the Tokyo Game Show set an official launch date for its New Xbox Experience. The revamped interface is now due to go live as of November 19th and is the first major change since the Xbox 360 was introduced in 2005. As shown at E3, the new design uses a much simpler panel interface instead of the usual blades and introduces Nintendo Mii-like avatars that represent users both in the friends list and in newer games. It also adds Netflix support and the ability to create parties of players that can chat and ensure they stay together through games.
Coming with the new update are new Xbox 360 bundles that add games to each of the existing trim levels: the Xbox 360 Arcade receives Sega Superstars Tennis alongside its existing five Arcade titles, while the Pro and Elite both get Kung-Fu Panda and Lego Indiana Jones as an incentive to draw in younger audiences. The new packs will be available this month and are unchanged from their newer $200, $300 and $400 prices.