View photosFILE - In this June 15, 2015 file photo, Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division and Microsoft Studios, opens the Xbox E3 2015 briefing ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles.

From virtual reality to the latest installments of "Gears of War" and "Battlefield," the newest hardware and software will be hyped by nearly 300 exhibitors at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry's annual trade show kicks off Sunday, June 12, 2016.

Microsoft unveiled during its Monday media briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo a new, slimmer version of the video game console coming later this year and a more powerful one that's due in 2017.

Other changes include moving the USB ports to the front of the console, adding a built-in infrared blaster and eliminating the port for the motion-detecting Kinect camera system.

Microsoft says the console will go on sale in August for $299 to $399 depending on the hard drive size.

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