The tech and gaming world is once more abuzz with exciting news from the ongoing Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2015 happening now until June 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center ? and these will surely keep us happily wearing our geek hats in the coming months.
Gaming giants Microsoft and Sony got first dibs of the audience pie in separate press conferences showcasing what?s new and what?s cooking in their own playground.
Microsoft: Game on
Fans of Xbox clearly can?t decide which game to be more excited for as Microsoft confirmed the return of three game changers: Rise of the Tomb Raider; Halo 5: Guardians, and Gears of War 4. Arguably, the latter stirred more excitement from fans, thrilling them as its first-ever game play footage played onscreen. Gears of War 4 is slated to be released next year.
Surprisingly, kiddie game Minecraft proved to be a crowd-drawer during the Microsoft presentation, as the game took on a more dynamic dimension courtesy of VR console, HoloLens.
In the demo video released by Gamespot, the HoloLens showcased outstanding immersive capabilities ? creating a virtual world that looked so real, it actually got participants older than seven-years old to enjoy playing Minecraft. Unbelievable.
In other news, Microsoft is also expected to shake-up the game console competition as they hinted on the possibility of a cheaper Xbox unit. Currently, Xbox One costs $100 more over Playstation 4, but with the new prices, the Microsoft console is expected to be sold at $50 less in the US market sometime this Q3. And with the Xbox One?s ?backward compatability,? meaning games from older brother Xbox 360 can now be played with the newer console, the competition will give Sony a definite run for its money.
And lastly, Microsoft?s digital assistant app, Cortana, will soon be working on Xbox One ? helping players ?look? for a friend online, and record games via voice command. The feature is also expected to be available in Android and iOS phones sometime this year.
Sony: Return of the classics
After years of speculation, Sony finally announced that The Last Guardian is finally returning, and will officially launch sometime next year. The comeback has been anticipated to return in the past E3 events, so it was definitely a welcome surprise when Sony announced the game?s launch date.
Classic games like Street Fighter V is also expected to return via Sony?s PS4, along with games like the highly entertaining Firewatch by Santo.
The company also shared more details of their cloud-based TV service called PlayStation Vue. According to Sony’s Andrew House, users can get individual channels instead of subscribing to multi-channel packages.