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Microsoft to Reveal Next Gen Xbox May 21

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- The next Xbox is coming, or at least some information about it is. On May 21 at 1 p.m. ET -- exactly three months to the day after the PlayStation 4 was detailed by Sony -- Microsoft will hold a press event to reveal the “new generation” gaming system. The unveiling will be held at Microsoft’s Xbox campus in Richmond, Washington.

Larry Hryb, director of programming for Xbox Live, also penned a blog post with a countdown clock and a promise to reveal more of the game line-up at E3, a large video game conference held in June in Los Angeles. The event will also be live streamed on Xbox LIVE, and on Spike TV, according to Hryb’s post.

So what will the next Xbox look like? Recent reports say the console will put connectivity front and center and focus not only on games but on media content. According to The Verge, the box will look to take over the jobs of your cable box or at least integrate with it. Other rumors have said that the console will have voice recognition capabilities, or require constant Internet connection.

The Xbox 360 was launched in 2005.

The console wars are going to heat up in 2013. Nintendo released its Wii U at the end of 2012 (though sales in the United States have been disappointing so far,) and PlayStation is gearing up to launch its PS4 before the end of the year.

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Microsoft to Make ‘Major Announcement’ Monday

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Microsoft has just invited press to a media event in Los Angeles June 18 for a “major announcement.”

Microsoft recently demonstrated a near-final version of its next operating system Windows 8, which is on schedule to release later this year. The company has also been rumored to be in talks to buy Yammer, a social networking tool for business, for $1 billion.

According to Bloomberg, that deal is expected to be announced Friday. Additionally, the company announced updates to its Xbox gaming console earlier this month and Bing search engine.

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Microsoft Announces XBox SmartGlass for Tablets, Phones at E3

Microsoft(LOS ANGELES) -- Microsoft’s XBox is jumping into this year’s big gaming shift, using touch screen devices to interact with and control media through your game console and then display content on your TV, Windows 8 PC or portable device. The announcement was made Monday in advance of E3, the giant Electronic Entertainment Expo.

But don’t expect to pick up an Xbox-branded tablet controller for the experience…yet. The new functionality, dubbed “XBox SmartGlass,” is being touted as an app for existing smartphones and tablets.  This is in sharp contrast to Nintendo’s move forward this week, reintroducing its new gamepad controller, which will feature a touch screen display right in the center of the device.

XBox also plans to use the app to foray into Web browsing on your television, hoping that touch screens can make for a smooth and enjoyable navigation experience.

Many were hoping to see the announcement of an XBox 360 successor at E3 this year, but as the machine is currently the No. 1-selling console worldwide, Microsoft seems in no hurry to usher in a 720. Instead we’ve seen tweaks to Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system, as well as user interface and now apps, improving and adding to the existing experience. No word on when the apps will begin to roll out just yet.

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Microsoft to Bring Kinect Gaming Device to PCs

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft is set to bring its popular Kinect to PCs. The company is letting software developers create apps for Windows computers that take advantage of the controller-free system designed for the Xbox.

The first apps are scheduled to be released in late June.

Microsoft sold eight million Kinects in its first months on the market.

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Microsoft Plans for Windows Phone 7 Upgrade

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft is the latest company looking to turn smartphones into video game remotes. Microsoft says it hopes to connect phones running on its Windows Phone 7 software to its Xbox video game console.

The company showed a video of one player using the Xbox Kinect while two others joined in on their phones.

The new feature is expected to be added later this year.

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