While we've come to expect a host of new and exciting games from E3, this year saw focus shift a little. The big, glossy new games were still there, but certain companies, Microsoft in particular, offered a second focus – one of augmenting the gaming experience with meaningful peripherals.
With big press events from Sony, Microsoft and a raft of third party publishers, and with Nintendo's unique Direct broadcast approach, it's all too easy to get lost in the tidal wave of announcements that hit in the first few days of the E3. All three big console makers presented a vision of what consumers can expect from their systems in the coming year, but whose showing was the strongest, and whose left a bitter taste in the mouth? Read on as Gizmag assesses this year's E3 offerings, and provides musings on what the announcements might mean for the current and future landscape of console gaming.
Many game publishers use E3 as a golden opportunity to showcase their biggest and best gaming offerings. From the next Mass Effect to brand new franchises, read on as Gizmag picks out the biggest announcements from Bethesda, EA, Ubisoft and Square Enix.
As always, Nintendo's E3 showing was a little different from what we saw from both Sony and Microsoft.
Taking a light-hearted approach to the whole thing, the company
announced a handful of new titles, and revealed a couple of key release
dates. Read on for the biggest game announcements from the E3 Nintendo
While Microsoft used its E3 press event to make some big reveals, like backwards compatibility and an all new controller, Sony stuck firmly to the games. There were a lot of familiar faces on show, as well one or two new and intriguing titles. Read on as Gizmag picks out the biggest game reveals from Sony's E3 2015 press conference.
Even after the unexpected reveals of Xbox One backwards compatibility and a new Xbox Elite controller, Microsoft had a lot left to show at its E3 press event. From Gears of War to Rise of the Tomb Raider, read on Gizmag highlights the biggest and best reveals from Redmond's conference.
While the standard controller for Microsoft's current-gen system is certainly no slouch, the company is keen to offer enthusiasts something a little special, announcing the Xbox Elite controller at its E3 press event.
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will receive backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games, starting later this year. Owners of both physical and digital copies of last-generation console games will be able to play them on the current hardware, and there's no work required on the part of developers, meaning we'll likely see a whole lot of titles become compatible.
Contributing to a crowdfunding campaign is inherently risky. Even when the intentions of those responsible for the projects are honorable, a project can easily fall over, potentially leaving contributors out of pocket. But in its first legal action against a crowdfunded project, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has gone after the project creator of a Kickstarter campaign who pocketed most of the money contributed by backers.