Microsoft has unveiled the next stage of its plans for the Xbox One at the E3 conference in Los Angeles.

The company gave the gaming world its first glimpse of the console last month, focusing particularly on its multimedia features including live TV and Blu-Ray integration. But it used E3 to show off what the new console can do for gamers, and unveiled several new franchises.

And the price - the new Xbox One will cost £429 at launch, Microsoft said.

Video games expert Daniel Krupa, who writes for entertainment website IGN, said: "At £429, the Xbox One will be an expensive investment when it launches in November - but Microsoft's wide array of games was a clear statement of intent for those who worried it might focus too heavily on the entertainment features.

"They have significantly invested in a wide range of gaming experiences, from triple-A blockbusters to quieter indie titles, and games for kids.

"From what we've seen so far, both Microsoft and Sony want to make next-gen gaming a more social experience, even allowing you to broadcast your gaming session live to the internet.

"The price is high, but the Xbox One right now has bags of functionality and promise. All eyes are now on Sony to see what they have up their sleeves for round two."

Sony is due to offer gamers a first complete view of its new PS4 at E3 later in the day, following a sneak preview revealed some details earlier this year.
It is the first major game machine the Japanese firm has built since the PlayStation 3 went on sale in 2006.

The biggest news from the Xbox event included:


Hardware

  • A new Xbox One-influenced 360 box, available "today", with a smaller, "sleeker" design
  • A new programme for Xbox Live Gold members which offers two free game downloads a month, to keep, per member


Games

Halo - an all-new Halo FPS built for the new console which will "truly evolve" the series in a new direction (though little was shown)

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - an open-world reimagining of the MGS universe, set partly in Afghanistan, complete with Red Dead Redemption-style horses and quite stunning visuals.

Ryse: Son of Rome - an exceptionally violent God Of War-style third-person action game focusing on a Roman centurion and his travels through the Empire. Incorporates elements of strategy and Call of Duty style gameplay, with lots of quick-time events and other mechanics familiar from similar games.

Killer Instinct - the fast-paced megacombo fighting game is back on Xbox One.

Forza 5 - new details about the upcoming racer, including how it will generate races automatically from your ghost data so that you're 'racing' your friends and family even when you're not at your console.

Dead Rising 3 - an open-world, fast-paced anarchic zombie killing sequel, with the emphasis on massive numbers, smoothly scrolling massive environments and ridiculously violent weapons.

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt - a deeply tactical combat game, with a "dark mature and epic, non-linear story". Set in a "vast" open world environment with more than 100 hours of gameplay

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    The Crytek game 'Ryse: Son of Rome' which will be released exclusively for XBox One is seen at the Microsoft Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing in Los Angeles on June 10, 2013. The press conference precedes the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) which takes place in Los Angeles June 11-13. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Dan Greenawalt, developer of the video game Forza Motorsport, standing next to a McLaren sports car speak after unveiling Forza Motorsport 5 video game for Xbox during Microsoft Xbox news conference with a at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Attendees watch a presentation on video game Battlefield 4 at the Microsoft Xbox E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Microsoft focused on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during its Monday presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Microsoft announced last week that the console must be connected to the Internet every 24 hours to operate, and the system would ideally always be online. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Phil Spencer of Microsoft Game Studios speaks at the Microsoft Xbox E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Microsoft focused on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during its Monday presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Microsoft announced last week that the console must be connected to the Internet every 24 hours to operate, and the system would ideally always be online. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • A McLaren P1 is showcased during a presentation on the Forza Motorsport 5 video game at the Microsoft Xbox E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Microsoft focused on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during its Monday presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Microsoft announced last week that the console must be connected to the Internet every 24 hours to operate, and the system would ideally always be online. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Attendees watch a presentation on the Dead Rising 3 video game at the Microsoft Xbox E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Microsoft focused on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during its Monday presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Microsoft announced last week that the console must be connected to the Internet every 24 hours to operate, and the system would ideally always be online. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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  • This product image released by Microsoft shows the new Xbox One entertainment console that will go on sale later this year. Microsoft is seeking to stay ahead of rivals in announcing that new content that can be downloaded for the popular "Call of Duty" game will launch first on Xbox One. Microsoft says more games will be shown at next month's E3 video game conference in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Microsoft)

  • Microsoft Corp.'s next-generation Xbox One entertainment and gaming console system is shown on stage Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at an event in Redmond, Wash. It's been eight years since the launch of the Xbox 360. The original Xbox debuted in 2001, and its high-definition successor premiered in 2005. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A controller for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One entertainment and gaming console system is on display after its unveiling Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at an event in Redmond, Wash. The Xbox One, a next-generation entertainment console that promises to be the one system households will need for games, television, movies and other entertainment, will go on sale later this year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • This Tuesday, May 21, 2013 photo shows a rear view of Microsoft Corp.'s next-generation Xbox One entertainment and gaming console, on display at an event in Redmond, Wash. The Xbox One, a next-generation entertainment console that promises to be the one system households will need for games, television, movies and other entertainment, will go on sale later this year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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    The Kinect motion-sensing device for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One entertainment and gaming console system is on display Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at an event in Redmond, Wash. The Xbox One, a next-generation entertainment console that promises to be the one system households will need for games, television, movies and other entertainment, will go on sale later this year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • The new controller for Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One entertainment and gaming console system is shown front and center with older-generation controllers behind it, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Redmond, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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