What can we expect from E3 2016?

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo takes place on June 14-16. Here we round up the main predictions for Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation…

09 Jun 2016


E3 2016

Credit: Associated Press

Nintendo – the Legend of Zelda takes centre-stage

Just like the previous 3 years, Nintendo has opted not to host a formal press conference at E3. Instead, it’ll be live streaming a selection of its new games at special one day Treehouse Live event.

This time round their focus is firmly on the Legend of Zelda, which gets its long-awaited release for WiiU later in the year. During the event we’ll get see what Nintendo is calling ‘the world’s first in-depth look’ at the game. In an interesting move, it’ll be the only game from the company available to play on show floor.

It’s not just Zelda on show, though. We’ll also see 3DS games Pokémon Sun and Moon in action at the livestreaming event. 

The second day of E3 will be all about Nintendo’s other upcoming games. Some of the titles we can expect to learn more about include:

  • Action-packed role-player Monster Hunter Generations
  • The latest in the Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, a crossover between Nintendo’s Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem

But what’s really sending rumour mill into overdrive is speculation of a new console that could be on the way – the ‘Nintendo NX’ as it’s being dubbed. We don’t know too much about it right now, other than that Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima says it’ll offer gamers ‘a new experience’. Although it looks unlikely that Nintendo will be revealing any details of it at the event.

Credit: Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

Sony – PS4 gets an upgrade and new titles join the VR line-up

It’s not just Nintendo – Sony could be bringing out a new console of its own. There’s been a lot of talk the gaming giant will announce the PS4.5, or ‘PlayStation 4 Neo’ as it’s otherwise known, at E3.

Sony’s upgraded version of the PS4 comes 3 years after the original was released. It’s thought to be a lot more powerful and support 4K content – both of which will enhance your gaming experience when it’s paired with a VR headset. That’s partly what’s causing speculation it could be announced now to coincide with PlayStation VR, which is launching in October this year.

Speaking of PlayStation VR, we can probably expect to see some more of the games that will be available when it launches at E3. Think VR-compatible versions of some of your favourite PS4 games including Horizon: Dawn Zero, God of War 4 and Gran Turismo Sport.

There’s also a small chance of we’ll finally get to see the new game from Hideo Kojima. The man behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise recently set up a new studio and is working on an exclusive game for PS4.

E3 2016

Credit: Associated Press

Microsoft – is an Xbox Slim on the way?

Completing the line-up of new hardware, could Microsoft be releasing a virtual reality (VR) Xbox console as well?

It’s supposedly working on a brand new console that incorporates an element of virtual reality. There’s also a chance the new console will work with the Oculus Rift headset – which could be likely, given that there’s a new VR game said to be in development for Xbox.

There are also lots of rumours flying around about a possible ‘Xbox Slim’ – a thinner, more affordable version of the Xbox One. This seems to be the more likely of the two right now, with the new console to follow in 2017.

As for the games, there’s plenty on the way from Microsoft in the next year. Here’s what could be on show at E3:

  • The latest instalment in the Horizon racing franchise – as part of Forza Motorsport’s partnership with Lamborghini
  • A brand new open-world multiplayer game called Sea of Thieves
  • More details on Crackdown 3 – after the sandbox shooter was first revealed at last year’s event
  • Live demos of the campaign and multiplayer modes featured in the new Gears of War 4
  • A first-look at Halo 6

See our full range of console and PC games