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Microsoft: 'We expect this to be a special E3' -

With E3 just days away, Microsoft has said that it expects this year's show to be particularly "special".

The platform holder hyped the show during a statement discussing its US sales performance for May, where corporate VP of Xbox Marketing Mike Nichols explained that the company is "excited to share more details on what Xbox fans can expect this year and beyond. We expect this to be a special E3."

Rumours about a new Xbox console have been circulating since March, when Xbox head Phil Spencer dropped hints at a new, more powerful console. Later rumours claimed that Microsoft has plans to reveal an Xbox One Slim at E3 for release later this year, with a more powerful Xbox (reportedly codenamed Scorpio) due to follow in 2017.

The slim model could ship with a larger 2TB hard drive, one report says. The new console, meanwhile, is expected to remain backward compatible with Xbox One titles, although it isn't yet clear whether it will be revealed during next week's show.

As well as new hardware, Microsoft is also expected to reveal multiple new titles, including a new Forza game and Dead Rising 4. You can tune in to its press conference live from 5:30pm BST next Monday, June 13.

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