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Continued: A closer look at the 3 new video game consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony after E3

  • Article by: BARBARA ORTUTAY , AP Technology Writer
  • Last update: June 14, 2013 - 2:45 PM

— Xbox One (Microsoft)

Microsoft's new console seeks to deliver the Holy Grail of home entertainment — an all-in-one device that lets you watch television, play movies, listen to music and browse the Internet as well as play video games.

The Xbox One lets you use voice commands to switch between watching TV and playing "Call of Duty," or ask "What's on HBO" to view a TV channel guide. Simply connect your cable or satellite set-top box to the game machine with an HDMI cable.

A new version of Microsoft's camera-based Kinect controller offers better motion and voice detection than the one currently available. Unlike the Xbox 360, the Xbox One will require Kinect, which will come with the package.

The company said the Xbox One will have to be connected to the Internet at least once every 24 hours and ideally would always be online. During its E3 presentation, Microsoft showed off games such as "Ryse: Son of Rome," ''Killer Instinct" and "Titanfall." ''Titanfall" is the first game from Respawn Entertainment, which was founded by the creators of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare."

Although Nintendo's Wii was the most popular of the three at first, the Xbox 360 has outsold its rivals in recent years largely because of its robust online service, Xbox Live, which allows people to play games with others online for as much as $60 a year with annual plans. Activision Blizzard Inc.'s "Call of Duty," has been a driving force behind Xbox Live, and Microsoft said players will be able to download new content for upcoming titles in the series on the Xbox One before any other system.

The new console will also add the ability to play Blu-ray discs, matching what Sony has in its older PlayStation 3. What it won't play are games for the Xbox 360.

Microsoft said the system will launch in time for the holidays.

Price: $499.

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