Update: The new Xbox 360 will be coming to New Zealand on July 9th, with an RRP of NZ$499.

Microsoft has released photos of the new Xbox 360 console revealed at E3. The new model is slightly smaller, and appears to have been modeled on Darth Vader's helmet, with striking angles and a glossy black finish. Under the hood it comes packing a 250GB hard drive and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11N.

It's shipping now in the States for US$299 (compared with US$249 for an Elite or US$149 for an Arcade).

Also shown here is the Kinect sensor bar, which has had a mild redesign from last year's Natal concept photos.