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Microsoft plays it safe, maybe too safe, at E3

What media player? What Kinect? Microsoft focuses on upcoming games for the Xbox One during its big presentation at the annual E3 conference. Could that have been a mistake?

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Microsoft kicked off the 2014 E3 video game conference on Monday. But perhaps the most interesting part of the Xbox One presentation was what Microsoft did not talk about. There was no mention of any Xbox One system features -- not even talk of the Kinect motion-sensing camera accessory. Microsoft only highlighted upcoming games, and most were not exclusive to the Xbox One.

Today's Update episode explains why Microsoft may be afraid to venture beyond game talk. Sony is next to present, and it won't take much to outshine Microsoft. Get your fill of E3 coverage all week long at cnet.com/e3.

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Microsoft plays it safe, maybe too safe, at E3