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Microsoft is kicking off the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game conference in Los Angeles today with a press briefing, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Microsoft’s You can also watch it live here.
E3 is where the video game industry reveals its big announcements, and the show should draw 45,000 to 50,000 professionals. Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft’s game business, will take the stage with others to tout the company’s upcoming Xbox One console that comes out this fall.
Look for Mattrick to reveal details such as the system’s launch date, but we’re not sure if he’ll also disclose the price. He’ll also talk about big titles under development.
Microsoft revealed the Xbox One on May 21. The machine is a technical wonder with its advanced Kinect room-sensing system. The upgraded Kinect can detect the movements of up to six people at the same time, and its sensor data is granular enough to detect facial expressions, body movements, and even your heart rate.
But Microsoft stirred the pot on consumer rights issues, creating concerns centered on privacy (the company says you can turn off Kinect), used-game sales (apparently, you can resell your games without paying a fee), and an always-on Internet connection (Microsoft says the console has to log in once a day to update content). Those issues created so much fuss that Microsoft made a special announcement on Thursday to try to clarify its position and defuse the issue.
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