At E3 2013, Microsoft not only introduced new games for Xbox One but also released a new redesign of the Xbox 360 E to make it slimmer and more silent than before. The company recommends it to those who do not have the ability to connect to the internet constantly.
Microsoft’s marketing and strategy officer, Yusuf Mehdi announced
“Xbox offers unrivaled value – with more great games, a Xbox Live community with 48 million members, and a compelling line-up of apps, sports, movies, TV and music,” “We’ve taken all we have learned these past eight years and engineered a new Xbox 360 console that is elegant and accessible to anyone. There’s never been a better time to experience everything Xbox has to offer.”
Repair manual website iFixit has already managed to buy a unit and dismantled piece by piece. The website claims that the design has changed, but the internal components are more or less same as the Xbox 360 S.
iFixit notes that apart from its purely aesthetic updates of the new Xbox 360 E, there is very little difference in this release and the previous one. It seems that the design changes have been implemented to save the cost of manufacturing of the console. In fact, A/V and S/PDIF ports have been removed including one USB port from the back panel cutting the numbers down to just four.
Apparently, Microsoft has used the same heat sink and cooling fan as in the previous model. In addition, the hard disk of the new Xbox 360 E is easier to remove than before, but Microsoft has chosen to close and seal it inside a plastic bag.
From the point of power consumption and efficiency, the new Xbox 360 E behaves exactly same as the previous model. It follows a console which is easier & cheaper to produce and Microsoft has opted this for a price cut, especially in the version with storage of 4GB.