Talks About Tech Weekly 104: E3 2014

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e3primer6E3 2014, one of the biggest gaming events of the year took place last week in the Las Vegas convention centre. Although last year was the year of the next generation consoles there have been some interesting new announcements this year too.

Microsoft at E3
Microsoft took a different approach this year. Last years Microsoft presentation completely focused on the Xbox One hardware. This year they dedicated their presentation to games. These games include the Halo Master Chief Edition for all of you Halo fans, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2 and Halo 5 coming next year. People who order the Halo Master Chief Edition will also get early beta access to the Halo 5 game.

Sony at E3
Sony decided that they were going to put out some new hardware this year and it looks quite impressive. The Playstation TV is a serious competitor to the Roku, Apple TV and the newly released Amazon Fire TV but it has something else to offer. Gaming. You can play PS Vita games and PS1 games, stream PS2 and PS3 games using Playstation Now and stream PS4 games using remote play. At $99 you can’t go wrong and if you pair that with a PS4 it could be a really useful device.

Sony also released a somewhat limited edition White Playstation 4. Games included in the Playstation presentation include Entwined, InFamous First Light, Little Big Planet 3, Bloodborne, Dead Island 2, Magicka 2, Uncharted 4 and more.

Sony’s project Morpheus also made a debut at E3 this year. Project Morpheus is a competitor to the critically acclaimed Oculus Rift. Virtual Reality is looking very promising. It looks like it isn’t quite ready yet but it’s nearly there. I’m just afraid that it will turn into another gimmick like the kinect.

Nintendo at E3
Nintendo has been known in recent years to have somewhat gone out of fashion. Their latest attempt at the living room console, the WiiU, hasn’t had much success. However, this year they tried to gain back some of the old school Nintendo fans. They launched new titles such as Yoshi’s Woolly World, Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker, Super Smash Bros on the 3DS and the WiiU and Mario Maker.