What is E3?
The world’s biggest gaming event, E3 is held each June in Los Angeles. It’s where new consoles and major games debut. In recent years both Xbox One and PS4 landed at E3. This year’s event takes place between June 13 and 15. Here’s what to expect…
Xbox Project Scorpio
Project Scorpio is Microsoft’s follow-up to the Xbox One, and it’s going to be launched at E3. We already know a bit about Scorpio. It was first talked about at E3 2016, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that Microsoft unveiled details and showcased it in action. Microsoft calls Scorpio ‘the most powerful console yet’.
Promising true 4K gaming, it’s the console for which your 4K TV has been waiting. A stress-test demo of Forza Motorsports 6 with cars speeding round a rain-sodden track looked sensational when shown off earlier this year. To run games in proper 4K, it takes some serious oomph. The Scorpio is, perhaps unsurprisingly, 30% faster than Xbox One with 4.6 times more graphics power. It’s also faster and boasts more graphic power than the PS4.
‘We’re excited to unveil Project Scorpio and the amazing game experiences it powers at E3 this June,’ says a post on the Xbox Wire.
There’s not going to be a new console from PlayStation this year. It released its PlayStation 4 follow-up, the PS4 Pro, in 2016. Like Project Scorpio, the PS4 Pro is designed for 4K gaming.
But with no new console, what can we expect this year from Sony? We’re predicting there will be lots of games for PS4 and PS4 Pro. God of War is a huge PlayStation exclusive franchise, and a first-glimpse demo of God of War for PS4 was one of the biggest stories of E3 2016.
Now at E3 2017 we’re expecting the completed game to take centre stage. Santa Monica Studio in this latest instalment takes gamers in a new journey which ‘delves deeper into the emotional journey of Kratos (the protagonist)’. The story is said to find Kratos in redemptive mood, atoning for some of his past decisions and embracing fatherhood.
Other big titles will include The Last of Us Part 2, Days Gone and Detroit: Become Human. Expect all-singing, all-dancing demos of these new games.
PlayStation also launched its virtual reality headset, PlayStation VR, last year. Perhaps there will be more VR-friendly games?
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Nintendo has had a big year, launching its first new console since the Wii U – the Nintendo Switch. We loved the Switch when we got our hands on it – a living room-style console that can also be unplugged and used as a handheld without missing a beat in your gaming session.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the standout launch title, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe made us smile as the retro racer always does. But now we’re hungry for more. Hopefully E3 can deliver.
Super Mario Odyssey is one of the most eagerly anticipated games of E3. Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto suggested it would pay lip-service to classic titles like the N64’s Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 3D World – a real treat for nineties and noughties gamers. Another potential title will see Mario tie up with cult gaming character Rayman in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
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