Swan song at E3: Microsoft's Xbox 360 gets a new look and free games

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LOS ANGELES—Rest assured, the Xbox 360 isn’t done just yet.

While the Xbox One took center stage at this years Microsoft E3 presentation, Microsoft's Yusef Mahedi took the stage at the start of the presentation to assuage any fears that the company would abandon the aging console.

First up: there's an entirely new Xbox 360. It's a sleeker model stylized after the Xbox One, and, while details are currently scant, it's available, well, right now.

Games for Xbox 360

And there'll be plenty to play on your brand new revamped Xbox 360 in the coming months.

Microsoft will introduce a reward of sorts for Xbox Live subscribers: starting July 1st until the launch of the Xbox One, anyone with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to download two classic Xbox 360 games, free of charge.

First up are Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3. Folks who've subscribed to Sony's PlayStation Plus program have been getting these sorts of freebies for ages, so it's nice to see Microsoft offering something extra for those willing to pony up their $60 a year.

Dark Souls II. (Click to enlarge.)

We're also been assured that there'll be plenty of new games coming for the console in the next few years, including Grand Theft Auto V, Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood (which looks rather terrifying), and Dark Souls 2.

We also got a glimpse at the upcoming World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, which brings the free-to-play tank combat MMO to consoles for the first time.

We'll be spending some time getting our grubby little mitts on all of the titles later this week—stay tuned!

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