By Justin Hun • June 13, 2014
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, best known as E3, had its annual event at the LA Convention Center from June 10 to 12. Every video game junkie and console enthusiast made their pilgrimage there to get a first-hand look at what’s to come. Huge names like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft unveiled nerdtastic and geekworthy products that got gamers frothing at the mouth. Here are a few highlights from the event.
What happened at E3?
With the newest Spiderman movie spring in success earlier this year, Sony came out with their guns a blazin’ to reveal what they’ve been developing. To back up their huge trilogy of PlayStation consoles, this year Sony opened the blinds to what the new PlayStation 4 will look like and how it will be like no other gaming system before it.
Slimming into a new sleek white design, this new PlayStation looks almost like a mash-up of Nintendo Wii with the size of a PlayStation 3. Sony has every intention to hold onto their top spot as best gaming console, and it looks like they have no time to give it up anytime soon. Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO, said: “We know what best means; it means the best visual quality, it means choice, it means not being a lone gamer but part of an extensive community of rivals and friends.”
Still, we can’t neglect the upcoming release of Destiny, Far Cry 4, Dead Island, and Mortal Kombat X. These games are bound to look amazing on the Blue-ray quality visuals Sony offers. The PlayStation 4 is set to release on September 9th this year.
Sony also showcased their new Sony TV system, which allows gamers who have their PlayStation connected to one TV to be streamed to another. For instance, if you live with family and your parents want to watch their shows in the living room where your console is hooked up, all you have to do is have your PlayStation TV connected to another TV and you’ll be able to continue your game while your family watches in the living room. They are saying the system will start at $99 or $139 with no controller; no release date is set.
Dubbed “Project Morpheus,” Sony gave E3 guests the privilege of experiencing the new virtual reality headset. Though it’s still in testing, the new headset looks amazing while giving users the chance to immerse themselves into their favorite games, creating a brand new gaming experience that we could only image were possible on The Jetsons. With the recent purchase of Oculus Rift by Facebook, we can only imagine what competition this might stir. Win or lose, gamers will have something new to look forward to in the coming years.
Nintendo has upped their game, offering a few of their classic favorites in a newer light. With the release of Wii U in late 2012, they have created a newly interactive way to play and experience games. Nintendo has always targeted a younger audience, but it doesn’t stop those diehard fans that grew up with Pokémon and Super Mario from buying their products.
amiibo is the newest development that will be incorporated in the Wii U’s gamepad. amiibos looks very much like plain collectible figurines of your favorite Nintendo characters, but each one contains their own chip to transfer and save data. For example, if you wanted to play a tag-team match against a friend and only have two players, placing the amiibo on the gamepad scanner transfers the character’s data and creates an artificial intelligence that will assist you in your match. You can save the character’s data simply by placing it over the gamepad scanner. This makes every amiibo unique in how they play in your games.
Most importantly, Nintendo has some new features to some home favorites. Super Smash Brothers has been a huge hit since N64 and is even bigger now in its grand arrival to the new platform. In addition to new characters, as well as the old ones, you can create your own Mii character you can fight with. We can’t forget the new Spaltoon, Bayonetta and Legend of Zelda coming to Wii U, as well as the Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby for the 3DS. All will be available in the new few months.
After the disappointing original release of the Xbox One, Microsoft has been undergoing some setbacks. After receiving feedback from fans and reassessing the gaming consoles’ capabilities, Microsoft has been taking some footsteps in the right direction. The highlight of Microsoft this year is simply the games. With the main focus being reverting to what made Xbox so insanely popular in the beginning, they are putting emphasis on detailed graphics and fun-filled games. With rarely any mention of the Kinect or any other new high-tech device this year, it seems Microsoft really wants to make the games the main reason why you should get an Xbox.
The Xbox’s most popular games are coming back with some new additions. Opening up the Microsoft debut at E3 was the trailer and gameplay for the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Known for its epic storylines and visuals, the trailer didn’t disappoint. Set in the distant future, the developers did not shy away from designing amazing weapons and high-tech gear. If the last few versions are any indication of what’s to come, the online gameplay should be a real experience as you find yourself closer to the game than you realize.
Microsoft is also releasing the Master Chief Collection. This is a dream come true for Halo fans. It contains re-mastered versions of Halo’s 1-4 in 1080p with 60 frames per second so you can relive those missions against the Covenant. Additionally, the collection comes with a feature that allows you to string multiple missions through different together; it also has the movie Halo: Nightfall and a beta key code that will give you a speak peek into the gameplay of Halo 5.
In summary, this barely scratches the surface of what E3 has presented this year. You can find out more about games, devices, and the newest updates here.
Justin Hun Justin Hun has an obsession with food and books—especially books about food. His favorite past times include watching the Food Network and researching for ways to save money and be cheap.