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Microsoft aims at gamers in opening E3 shot

Published on Jun 10, 2014 6:24 AM
Gamers play the game 'Halo' during a demonstration at the Xbox media briefing where new games were introduced on the eve of the annual E3 video game extravaganza in Los Angeles, California on June 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Microsoft aimed squarely at hard-core video game players on Monday, opening fire with “Halo” and a barrage of other titles for play on its new-generation Xbox One consoles.

Unveilings of blockbuster and enticing exclusive content came during an Xbox media briefing on the eve of the opening of the annual E3 video game extravaganza here.

Microsoft’s opening salvo in the battle to dominate E3 and invigorate Xbox One sales was to be met with return fire from Sony, which had its own grand event touting PlayStation 4 titles planned for later in the day.

The US tech giant announced the release for later this year of a new game in its popular science fiction Halo series called Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as well as other exclusive titles Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, Fable Legends and Dance Central Spotlight.

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