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How Microsoft decided to play its poker hand at its E3 press event

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We caught up with him on Tuesday, a day after Microsoft s press event at E3.He told us why Microsoft announced its Project Scorpio game console so early ahead of its holiday 2017 launch, the convergence of PC and Xbox gaming, and the battle of the press conferences.

Here s an edited transcript of our conversation.GamesBeat: What sort of strategy would you say was behind your different announcements – what to say when, whether to focus on hardware or not?David McCarthy: The decision specifically on Project Scorpio was predicated on giving our developers enough time to be able to react to things overall.GamesBeat: Sometimes people just get that going secretly.

Those considerations, making sure we have a price point that customers can enter on, that s important for us.GamesBeat: What other decisions come into play here?

Kinect does work on Xbox One S. It does require an adapter on the back to do that, but if you re an existing Kinect owner, we ll supply with one of those.GamesBeat: Do you think there s an upgrade market as well as a new purchaser market?

Xbox Play Anywhere is such a great opportunity for us to say, Why don t we have shared progress and achievements and saves across all these things?

I will say, regardless of what gets out there, our excitement around being able to tell that story end to end—to tell the story of playing without boundaries, you have to have all the component pieces together.That goes across our content lineup in terms of features we re delivering, and features like Xbox Play Anywhere.

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