E3 2011 Preview

Basic information:

(According to the official web site)

 

The E3 exposition will take place June 7-9, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011                    12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, June 8, 2011             10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday, June 9, 2011                  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Who will be attending?
The most prestigious video game companies of the industry, business partners, media, and analysts from all over the world. Additionally, many major and independent developers, retailers, distributors, representatives, programmers, journalists and researchers will also be at the expo.

What can expect from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo:

E3 has always been considered the most important annual show in the video game industry, probably because companies spend much more time on this presentation than on any other major convention. Also, the event is covered by thousands of professional writers around the globe, as it allows them to see a little preview of what everyone will be playing during the next few years.

It should be noted, though, that most of those prestigious journalists will be attending an exclusive pre-E3 show, which shows them more than half of the announcements. Still, most of the things seen during the pre-show will be under embargo for some weeks. This seems like a really reasonable thing to do, as it allows journalists to prepare for what’s coming some weeks before the show itself. In any way, here’s a little list of what we’ll see during the show along with some personal predictions:

 

Next Nintendo Console:

There have been many rumors about the Wii’s successor (also known as Project Café) for the past few weeks. Though, there aren’t many details about it, some say it’ll have a new and more powerful AMD graphics chip processor capable of supporting 1080p. Another rumor states that it’ll include a revolutionary controller which will have dual analog sticks, D-pad, shoulder buttons and more importantly a six-inch screen. What’s really weird about the rumors is that they sound like this is actually going to happen and soon we’ll have all the details about it.

Unanswered questions: How will the screen be used? Will it be a touch screen like the one in the DS? Will it be able to interact with the 3DS portable system? Will the console be backwards compatible? What about “casual gamers”? Will my grandmother want to play with this new console?

 

Sony’s new portable system:

We heard a lot about the Next Generation Portable (or the PSP2), but it seems we’ll learn much more at E3. Apparently, the device will include dual analog sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, 3G capability, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. Allegedly, the graphics processor unit has also been completely redesigned for a better performance and the interface has been replaced by a more polished one. It’s almost sure we’ll know when the upcoming system will be released in America and which service will be in charge of the 3G connectivity it presumes. In the meantime, I sincerely hope they change its name to something much more convenient and let’s just hope the tentative release for holiday 2011 maintains after E3.

 

Unanswered questions: When will it be available in America? Which games will be exclusively released for the system? How well will developers implement the touch pad?

 

Microsoft:

It’s really difficult to predict what Microsoft will do this year during its press conference. Still, there are many rumors related to the company, one says that a new Kinect-based game set in the Gears of War universe will be presented. Another rumor states that both Forza 4 and a new Alan Wake game will make an appearance during Microsoft’s presentation.

Unanswered questions: Will Microsoft present many more Kinect titles? Will the rumored Gears of War Kinect be a downloadable or disc-based game?

 

Sony:

PSN is finally back online, but unfortunately there have been some important issues during the past weeks. I’m personally really interested to know how Sony will handle this sensitive issue, as it has affected millions of people over the world. One of the best things to do would be treating customers with the respect they deserve, clearly explaining the real situation, instead of just joking about it. Furthermore, it would be very reasonable to expect an explanation of how the company will protect people’s personal information from now on.

Unanswered questions: Will they change something about the store in the near future? Will the free games offered as compensation be enough for the people affected? Will Sony present many new games or at least a new IP?

 

Closing comments:

Soon enough we’ll be have some clear answers to all these questions, so the only thing we can do is wait a little bit longer and hope that E3 2011 blows our minds.