E3 roundup (Day -1): Nintendo and Microsoft

E3 roundup (Day -1): Nintendo and Microsoft

David Katzmaier Editorial Director -- Personal Tech
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David Katzmaier
The massive gaming convention begins in earnest a few hours from now, but yesterday saw two important press conferences from the two other game console manufacturers (Sony went Monday). Nintendo chose to demonstrate its Wii with the next Legend of Zelda game, including an in-depth demo of the controller, while Microsoft trotted out Bill Gates to discuss how Xbox Live will interact with Vista. But the biggest news of the day was a coup of sorts for Gates's side: When Grand Theft Auto IV arrives in 2007, it will appear on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 simultaneously. Check out the highlights below, including a couple of videos from Monday's Sony event. And for our latest coverage, turn to e3.cnet.com.

  • Blog: Nintendo is in the race
  • Video: Nintendo Wii in action

  • Blog: Microsoft's Grand Theft
  • Blog: GTA IV, Halo 3, HD-DVD, and a little Bill Gates
  • Blog: Microsoft shows off second wave of next-gen
  • Video: Bill Gates announces Xbox Live Anywhere
  • Video: Microsoft's Xbox 360 HD-DVD player and Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Video: PS3's motion-sensitive controller demo
  • Video: Sony president Kaz Hirai anounces the PS3