E3 Highlights: 4 Major Takeaways
Recently, a few members of our Hitcents team had the opportunity to attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3. This yearly trade fair for the video games industry brings together publishers and manufacturers to showcase their hardware, games, technological advancements, and more. For many companies, E3 is a pivotal moment to launch the newest products and innovations. Here are the four big things we saw:
1) The Return of the Consoles:
After having a relatively low profile at E3 for the last few years, the consoles made their big return. Sony featured its PlayStation 4 while Microsoft exhibited its Xbox One. In an effort to gain a competitive advantage over one another, they both released exclusive games. Sony announced PS4-exclusive titles Uncharted 4 and LittleBigPlanet 3, while Microsoft announced Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, and the much anticipated Halo 5 for its Xbox One. With consoles that offer fairly similar specs and capabilities, and numerous 3rd party game titles that can be found on multiple platforms, Sony and Microsoft know that the best way to differentiate themselves is through exclusive game offerings.
2) Virtual Reality:
Back in March, Facebook acquired Oculus Rift for two billion dollars. After this purchase, many were speculating whether virtual reality headsets were a risky speculative investment or the future of gaming. Predicting a potential trend, Sony announced Project Morpheus at E3. Sony’s announcement of its own virtual reality headset suggests that future games may heavily use this technology.
3) Giants Don’t Dominate:
In mobile gaming and even console gaming, independent companies are making an impact. In the past, giant corporations often controlled the gaming industry, but now there has been a substantial shift towards independent game developers and companies creating a strong impression in this industry.
4) Never Count Out Nintendo:
Often considered a third wheel to Sony and Microsoft in the next generation console battle, Nintendo used E3 to announce its highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. title for both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. The game boasts several new characters and features, such as the ability to create and play with your own custom character. Nintendo’s focus has heavily been on innovative gameplay and entertainment, often drawing from its roster of classic, beloved characters and games.