This week in gagagadget:
The annual E3 Expo was held in Los Angeles. The three-day gaming exhibition included the introduction of a number of new games, consoles, and more.
Microsoft was the first company to give their annual E3 presentation. The company was all about Xbox 360 software: they opened with a demonstration of the highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and showed off a number of other titles, including the latest installment of the Tomb Raider series, EA Sports with Kinect support, Mass Effect 3 with Kinect, and Ghost Recon: Future Solider. The company also announced the inclusion of YouTube and Bing to Xbox Live, and Xbox exclusives, including a new Halo trilogy, Gears of War game, and Fable.
Sony presented next. They introduced some pieces of exclusive software as well; Uncharted 3 is coming this fall in 3D, as if God of War. Many big-name future games will support the PlayStation Move as well, including Resistance 3, Infamous 2, NBA 2K12, and BioShock Infinite. Trailers were shown for Dust 514, a new Sly Cooper game, and a Star Trek game that will launch with the new J.J. Abrhams film. They also demonstrated some new hardware: the PSVita, a new iteration of the PSP portable gaming console. Some games will support saving to the cloud and resuming play with a PS3. Some of the 80 other PSVita games planned so far include a new Uncharted, ModNation Racers, Little Big Planet, and Street Fighter X Tekken. The PSVita will sell for around $250 for the Wi-Fi version, and around $300 for the 3G-enabled version.
Nintendo was more about hardware this year. The company debuted their new console, the Wii U. The new gaming console will use a wireless controller with a touchscreen (and much more) built in. The on-controller screen will add another dimension to gaming. The company had software to show off as well. Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is now available for download on the 3DS, and Ocarina of Time 3D is coming with revamped graphics. Mario Kart will be released in 3D, as will Star Fox, Super Mario, Kid Icarus, Luigi’s Mansion 2, and more.
Outside E3 and the gaming world, Apple held its own event – WWDC – this week. The company demonstrated the new version of OSX: Lion. The new version of the Mac OS will include new gestures, an update to FaceTime, the addition of sandboxing and autoupdates to apps, a new version of Mail, and more. Lion will be available for $29.99, with a developer edition already released and a standard version coming in July. iOS 5 is also coming, and will include an update to notifications (including a new UI), a News Stand app for newspapers and magazines, Twitter integration, and update to Safari, Camera, and Mail. The company also introduced the anticipated iCloud service, allowing storage of media wirelessly, including free 5GB of storage, and wireless syncing of iOS devices, one of the most requested features.