The annual Electronics Entertainment Expo (more commonly abbreviated to E3) held in Los Angeles, California is one of the world’s biggest showcases for video games. It’s the big stage for developers, publishers, and game companies to show off their newest titles, what they’re currently working on, and entice the consumer with plenty of surprise announcement, unexpected blunders, and everything between. This year was no exception, with handfuls of huge announcements, not the least of which concerning the newest video game consoles, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. In case you missed it, here’s a breakdown of all the biggest and best stories, news, and headlines from day one of this year’s E3.
Microsoft and Xbox One
- Microsoft’s new console is looking to release this November, priced at $499
- Twitch.tv will be available at launch. This means you can upload gameplay sessions online easily.
- Early adopters of the Xbox One receive a special edition controller and achievement
- A direct response to Sony’s PlayStation Plus perk, Microsoft Gold Membership now offers two free games a month until the release of the Xbox One.
- There will no longer be Microsoft Points. Instead, the company will sell goods digitally using local currency.
Sony and PlayStation 4
- The PlayStation 4 console was officially revealed.
- It will cost $399
- The PS4 does not have DRM restrictions, meaning used games are playable on the console.
- PlayStation Plus membership (which is a paid membership) may be required to play multiplayer online titles.
- Sony absolutely burned Microsoft
- World of Tanks (Xbox 360) (FREE download this summer)
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One)
- Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One)
- Killer Instinct (Xbox One)
- Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
- Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One)
- Minecraft (Xbox One)
- D4 (Xbox One)
- Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One)
- Crimson Dragon (Xbox One)
- Halo (Xbox One)
- Titanfall (Xbox One, Xbox 360?)
- Project Spark (Xbox One)
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
- Star Wars: Battlefront
- Need for Speed Rivals (Xbox One, PS4)
- Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
- Mirror’s Edge 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Below (Xbox One)
- The Crew (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Just Dance 2014 (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U)
- The Division (Xbox One, PS4)
- The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC
- Gran Turismo 6 (PS4)
- The Order 1886 (PS4)
- Transistor (PS4)
- Dark Sorcerer (PS4)
- Final Fantasy XV (PS4)
- Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4)
Odds and Ends
- There is a new redesign of the Xbox 360, which is available today!
- South Park: The Stick of Truth will be out this holiday season
- Final Fantasy Versus XIII is no more. It has become Final Fantasy XV.