LOS ANGELES (
) -- The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, annual video game conference continues Tuesday, and the pressure is on
blowout presentation Monday.
Microsoft showed off its newly dubbed
motion-controlled device on Monday, saying it will be available on Nov. 4.
Web site lists the Kinect controller with a $150 price tag. Microsoft said that 15 game titles designed specifically for the Kinect will be available at launch.
In addition, Microsoft took the wraps off a slimmed down version of its Xbox 360 console, which includes a wireless connection, a special port for the Kinect controller, and a quieter new design. Microsoft also said it has teamed with ESPN to bring live broadcasts from the sports entertainment channel to its Xbox Live platform.
Now, it's Nintendo and Sony's turn to counter. Nintendo will address the E3 crowd Tuesday at 12 a.p. ET. The company is expected to introduce the glasses-free 3D version of its popular DS handheld. There are high expectations for the 3DS, as all incarnations of the DS outsold the Wii last year by more than 2 million systems -- which is roughly the amount of units sold by Sony's competing PSP handheld -- and outsold the Xbox, PlayStation 3 and PSP combined in April.
However, Nintendo has been tight-lipped on what software it will introduce. While third-party developers have seen sluggish sales on the Wii console, Nintendo's own software has consistently performed well.
Mario Kart Wii
have frequently made research firm NPD Group's monthly list of top-selling software.
Sony will follow Nintendo's event with its own presentation at 3 p.m ET. Sony debuted its colorful PlayStation Move controller-and-camera system at the Game Developers Conference in March, and this time around gamers will likely see more software titles that employ the new technology.
Software makers stocks will also be in focus Tuesday.
held its media event Monday, demoing titles like
EA Sports MMA
Medal of Honor
Star Wars: The Old Republic
. EA also introduced a "Gun Club" rewards program for gamers, which entitles members to early demo access and other perks.
held E3 presentations late Monday. Activision showed footage of
DJ Hero 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
, the latest in the popular first-person shooter series. Meanwhile, Ubisoft introduced a new
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
and a Michael Jackson-themed title.
will be live blogging the keynote presentations from Nintendo and Sony on Tuesday. See below.
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