Video-game consoles get ready for HD

By Dean Takahashi, Mercury News Mon May 23,11:01 AM ET

LOS ANGELES – The “HD era” is coming as a new generation of video-game consoles gives gaming a dose of high-definition cinema. Or at least that’s the party line from Microsoft and Sony, repeated at every opportunity during the E3 trade show in Los Angeles last week.

Left unsaid is the risk that video games on high-definition TV won’t be accessible or satisfying for many people. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo’s new consoles will still play games on old analog television sets. But Microsoft in particular is pushing its Xbox 360 as a natural accessory for a high-definition TV.

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