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E3 2016: Xbox One S, PlayStation VR, Legend of Zelda and other announcements

A lowdown on everything that was annnounced this year at E3 2016 in Las Vegas

By: Tech Desk | Published: June 16, 2016 7:31 pm
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E3, as its been a tradition for years now, was packed with gaming announcements. Right from game studios like EA, Bethesda to console makers like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo didn’t leave any stone unturned to entice their gaming enthusiasts.

Here is a lowdown on everything that was annnounced this year at E3 2016 in Las Vegas.

EA: Electronic Arts, the popular game publisher behind franchise like Battlefield, Need for Speed, NBA Live etc took on to VR bandwagon with its Star Wars teaser. The video game publisher teased three forthcoming games set in the “Star Wars” universe. The video also featured imagery of a game developer using a PlayStation VR to pilot a virtual version of an X-Wing vessel.

For those not yet obsessed with VR, EA did have quite a few game announcements. EA is bringing grappling-hook enhanced “Titanfall 2,” the World War I-set shooter “Battlefield 1,” the story-focused soccer simulator “FIFA 17” and the space-exploring saga “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” which is set in an all-new realm.

Bethesda: VR was the buzz word at E3, which is quite obvious thing and Bethesda didn’t want to be left behind. At E3, Bethesda announced plans to surround gamers with 360-degree visions of an intergalactic hell and a nuclear wasteland.

Bethesda announced VR versions of Fallout 4 and Doom with Fallout 4 for HTC Vive coming out in 2017. The company didn’t specify when the virtual reality version of “Doom” would be released.

Microsoft: The Redmond-based software major’s gaming console leaked ahead of E3. Nonetheless, Microsoft went ahead with its announcement and gave details on its future console.

First out of the bag is the Xbox One S, a spiritual successor to Xbox One. Xbox One S is now slimmer and much powerful than the outgoing Xbox One. Xbox One S is nearly 40 per cent slimmer than the original Xbox One and has support for 4K ultra high-definition video playback. Microsoft says the console will go on sale in August for $299 to $399 depending on the hard drive size.

The company also detailed Project Scorpio, a more powerful Xbox One that will feature 4K gaming and support for virtual reality. The new console will feature six teraflops of power.

Sony: Well, Sony didn’t announce any update to PlayStation 4, which has been doing pretty well in the market, but announced gaming titles that would entice every gamer out there.

Sony finally announced the price of its gaming VR headset. Sony PlayStation VR will be priced at $399, and it seems Sony is assuring the VR headset attracts many buyers with big titles available in virtual reality.

Sony is bringing PS4 exclusive Spider-Man title, a comic game developed by Insomniac Games. It also announced new Resident Evil 7, Call of Duty: Infinite War and God of War titles.

However, the show was completely stolen by Hideo Kojima’s newest gaming title, Death Stranding featuring Norman Reedus. Kojima, a former Konami executive, is developing this title under Kojima productions. The game plot revolves around an alien environment. One thing is assured, it is going be exciting because it comes from Kojima himself.

Nintendo: It isn’t a secret anymore that the next Nintendo console would be quite an evolution but the Japanese game developer had “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” to show the world at E3.

After delaying the title from last year, “Breath of the Wild” is set for release next March for the Wii U console. It will also be available for Nintendo’s yet-to-be-revealed NX system, scheduled to debut in 2017.

You can read more about the next Legend of Zelda here.

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