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Gaming superpowers go head to head

CNET News.com's broadband team talks to the players at E3, the annual gaming conference. Some highlights: Microsoft challenges Nintendo, Sony for gaming crown.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show has kicked off in Los Angeles with players Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony all competing for a share of the $6 billion-a-year video game industry.

Nintendo introduced a new game console, Microsoft divulged a price and release date for its highly anticipated Xbox, and Sony announced a number of significant content alliances for the PlayStation 2.

CNET News.com was in Los Angeles to check out which products lived up to their billing.

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Xbox: Putting community into gaming?
John O'Rourke, Xbox director for Microsoft, says the company added broadband and voice to the hyped console to promote gaming between players.

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Sony fires back at Microsoft
Kaz Hirai, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, explains how partnerships with America Online, Macromedia, RealNetworks and Cisco Systems will enhance the PS2.

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Sneak peek at GameCube
Nintendo Executive Vice President Peter Main discusses the company's new console, the advantages of catering to a young market, and why Nintendo chose not to offer DVD.

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Microsoft aims at Sony with Xbox
Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer of Microsoft, annnounces the Nov. 8 launch of the company's video game console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show in Los Angeles.