The biggest games expo of the year is almost here again. The Los Angeles-based E3 kicks off tomorrow night (Monday 10th June 2013) at 5:30pm BST with the Microsoft press conference followed by EA, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo’s offerings. The main show begins Tuesday and runs until Thursday.
It’s an important year for the games industry with the arrival of next-gen consoles from Microsoft with their Xbox One and Sony with the PlayStation 4. Here at EF we’re eagerly anticipating the press conferences for the big two while Nintendo seem to be keeping out of the way this year. We’ve already had a sneak peek at the new offerings from both Microsoft and Sony.
Sony seem to be focusing more on games this time around and trying to please everyone. So far it looks like they have looked long and hard at their mistakes with the PS3 and are listening to feedback from developers and the gaming community. The PS4 will be the most powerful console we’ve ever seen and the PS3 cell-based architecture has been discarded in favour of a much more developer friendly setup.
As well as a focus on games Sony seem to be pushing the social aspects of PS4 with their fancy new share button, streaming technologies, video capture and remote play via PS Vita. E3 will be the first time we get to see the actual PS4 hardware too and of course plenty of new games.
Microsoft recently unveiled their Xbox One system with a strong focus on entertainment. It’s the next step in their strategy to be the only box you need under your TV. So far there has been plenty of backlash from the community towards Xbox One due to the lack of clarity in their announcements and very little games information.
However showing off the entertainment features and hardware design first may prove to be a smart move for Microsoft. They promise they are listening and won’t mess up so expect their E3 conference to be all about the games. With a powerful console, incredible Xbox LIVE cloud infrastructure and Kinect 2.0 we’re not writing Microsoft off yet.
So you don’t miss anything here’s a list of the big press conferences coming up this week:
- Microsoft (Monday, June 10th, 5.30pm BST)
- EA (Monday, June 10th, 9.00pm BST)
- Ubisoft (Monday, June 10th, 11.00pm BST)
- Sony (Tuesday, June 11th, 2.00am BST)
- Nintendo Direct (Tuesday, June 11th, 3.00pm BST)
Stay tuned to EF all week for all the important news, trailers and screenshots in our E3 2013 section.
Will Xbox One support indie developers? Will Killzone go multiplatform? Will we see Halo 5 or The Last Guardian? Will Battlefield 4 have a dog?
Let us know your predictions and what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below!