Microsoft announces a 2014 release for the next-gen vidgame and a $499 price for the console
It's official, gamers: Microsoft released the “Halo 5” teaser trailer Monday at E3, the video game industry's annual conference and show being held at the LA Convention Center.
The 1 minute 49 second clip — which drew applause from the crowd — shows a cloaked Master Chief trekking across a rocky desert wasteland, clutching Cortana's interface. Then a giant mech (gamer talk, we're told) rises through the ground at the new system's impressive 60fps.
The fifth installment of Xbox's signature series — which is in development at 343 Industries — will be released in 2014.
Microsoft also revealed the highly-anticipated price of its next generation console. Xbox One — set to hit the stores in November — will cost $499. Sony is expected to reveal the price of its PlayStation 4 at E3 Monday evening.
A slimmer and quieter Xbox 360 console was also introduced at the event. The options: $200 for a 4GB model, $300 for 250GB and $300 for a 4GB bundle with Kinect.
The three-day industry-only event wraps on Wednesday.