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NY1 Tech Reporter Adam Balkin and blogger Develon Douglas of NY1 sister station YNN Austin cover the 2013 E3 video game convention in Los Angeles.

Microsoft Showcases Upcoming Xbox During First Day Of E3

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The big E3 video game convention out in Los Angeles has kicked off and as usual, Microsoft was the first to show off its lineup. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Monday’s presentation was all about showing what the new system can do. Less than a month before E3, Microsoft told us what its next generation Xbox ONE will be able to do.

Developers showed off how the power of the system will lead to new capabilities, like a feature in the new Forza Motorsport that'll allow you to play against friends—even if your friends aren't playing. Your so-called “drive-atar” learns how you drive and then can play as you when you can't.

“Forza Motorsport 5 will redefine the expectations of racing fans and gamers alike. By logging and processing your decisions in the cloud, your ‘drive-atar’ learns to recreate your speed and style it learns how you attack the corners, and where you cut, it learns how you use the car, how you drive in traffic and where you play dirty,” Dan Greenawalt with Turn 10 Studios said.

Built into the Xbox ONE will also be new ways to show off your skills. For starters, you get video editor for saving and sharing your virtual accomplishments.

“Epic moments are captured with Game DVR and all new options for editing, sharing, and broadcasting your gameplay,” Microsoft’s Marc Whitten said.

And yes, you read that correctly, broadcasting. A new agreement with a service called Twitch allows players to live stream games they’re playing to the entire Xbox Live community.

Microsoft also addressed the two burning questions most people likely have for any new product launch. The new system will launch in November and will cost around $500.

Though grumbles in the crowd hinted at what seems to be a widely held view among insiders here that's just too pricey—especially at a time when consoles are under serious attack from mobile devices that offer games for a just a few bucks if not free.

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