Nintendo raised eyebrows when it bowed out of holding a traditional live press conference in favor of a pre-taped video at E3 this year. This was doubly shocking because of the importance of this particular E3, where its competitors in the home console market would be pulling out all the stops to showcase their new hardware
and games. Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U
, stumbled out of the gate and has been under-performing in virtually all regions. If ever there was a time to make a splash, this was it.
E3 is always an exciting time for gamers, but this year's show proved particularly enticing with two new video game consoles mere months from release. The Xbox One and Playstation 4
have handed game developers a much more advanced piece of kit to deliver some truly groundbreaking experiences. Each company's presentation revealed titles both familiar and brand new, but these are the ones that have us most anxious for the upcoming generation of console gaming.
Scosche may have a reputation for crafting unusual gadgets, from roll-up keyboards
to mobile phone blockers
, but its upcoming device seems strange even by those standards. Recently at E3 2013, the company revealed smartROLL, a set of electronic gaming dice that connect to tablets and smartphones via Bluetooth.
The E3 floodgates are open, and attendees are getting their hands on upcoming games and unreleased consoles. We've already given you our quick impressions of the PlayStation 4
, but we also worked in a little time with the Xbox One
. You've seen the pictures, and maybe watched the event. But what's it like to use?
Nintendo's Wii U
hasn't exactly set the world on fire. But if there's any genre that can take it off of life support, it's a 3D Mario game. Nintendo told us a while back that one was in the works, but today the company took the cat out of the bag (in this case, quite literally). It's called Super Mario 3D World
, and we got a chance to play it today at E3.
In two days, the PlayStation 4
has gone from a faceless list of features to something we've actually played. Gizmag just got some quick hands-on time in Sony's E3 booth. Interested in our first impressions?
When looking at the two big next-gen consoles, you could easily argue that the Xbox One
has the more compelling feature set. Improved Kinect, TV integration, seamless multitasking ... it's a tantalizing offer sheet from Microsoft. But the Xbox One also has a not-so-compelling list of restrictions
. Today Sony cleared up several questions about the PlayStation 4
, announcing that it's both more liberated than the Xbox One, and a bit easier on the wallet.
As one of the world's largest video game publishers, Electronic Arts (EA) arrived at E3 2013 with a slew of new titles, almost all of which are slated for the Xbox One
and Playstation 4
. The company's press conference revealed something for almost every gamer, from fantasy RPGs to sports games and even a shooter based around murderous plants.
All eyes are on Microsoft at E3 today, where punters are eager to learn more about the gaming potential of the Xbox One
. Imagine their surprise, then, when the company seized the opportunity to first announce a new-look Xbox 360, very much styled after its future heir.