Microsoft Xbox E3 press conference: Join us Monday, June 9, at 9 a.m. PT (live blog)

On June 9, at 9 a.m. PT (12 p.m. ET), Microsoft holds its annual E3 press conference, announcing new Xbox One games and features. Join the CNET live blog for real-time coverage.

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The annual E3 video game trade show traditionally starts with a series of preshow press conferences by the major hardware makers. This year, Microsoft kicks it off Monday morning, followed by Sony that evening, and an online-only presentation from Nintendo the following day.

Catch CNET's E3 Xbox live blog on Monday, June 9, at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)

For Microsoft, its E3 press conference, marked in past years by celebrity cheerleading from the likes of Halo's Master Chief to Paul McCartney, takes on a special sense of urgency. Despite an overall successful launch for the new Xbox One game console just over six months ago, the perception is that Sony's rival PlayStation 4 has taken the lead position in this generation of living room game hardware.

Microsoft has already hinted at some of its E3 announcements, including more details on Halo 5, which follows a $100 price cut for a Kinect-free version of the Xbox One, a new free games promotion for Xbox Live Gold members, and moving several multimedia apps, including Netflix, out from the Xbox Live Gold paywall.

The CNET Live preshow starts at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET, with hosts Brian Tong and Eric Franklin taking your questions via phone and Twitter. (Use this time zone converter to compute the time in your area.) After that, you can watch the press conference streamed live at the link below, along with our expert live-blog commentary.