Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 Preview
Electronic Entertainment Expo Preview 2017
Within a few days, the Electronic Entertainment Expo will kick off in Los Angeles, California, and all of the tech world will be shifting their gaze to the L.A. Convention Center for the largest trade show in the industry. The 2017 “E3” Conference is shaping up to be one of the most influential and ground-breaking conferences in it’s brief history.
The gaming industry as a whole has expanded significantly in the past decade, becoming a significant part of the US entertainment sector, actually outpacing the sales of movies in the entertainment industry. (Video games are ranked in 3rd place, only behind broadcast and cable television.) One the key places where we get to see the foundation of many of this industry’s success’ is at E3.
E3 is one of most important entertainment trade shows in the world, as this is usually the place where new hardware and games are announced. This is where publishers and developers come to make their presence in the world known. Many of the companies are recognizable to most: Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo. But, a wide ranging group of third-party developers use this conference as a way to showcase the things that are going to shape this industry.
E3 2017 looks to be influential, because of many new pieces of hardware and game franchises that have already started making waves throughout the tech world.
Microsoft stole the show last year, with the surprise announcement of both the XBOX One S, but most importantly Microsoft’s Scorpio Project. More details about this console are to come at the Press Briefing on Sunday, June 11th at 2pm PDT, and many people are speculating that this might be the most influential console, for a number of reasons.
First, the Scorpio is touted to be the thing that replaces everything else in your living room. From 4K resolution on games and television, to being able to seamlessly blend with your computer with Windows, the Scorpio is slated to be the most powerful gaming console ever created. That alone should make the tech world take notice.
Sony is not in anyway going to be left behind this year, even if the XBOX Scorpio might attempt to steal the spotlight. While Sony does not have a new console to talk about, the company is pivoting to having touting some of the strongest games from 2016-2017, and also focusing on VR with it’s newer Sony Playstation 4 Pro. Sony’s Press Conference begins on Monday, June 12, at 5pm PST (7PM CDT)
Nintendo has not traditionally done a large press release at E3, instead favoring smaller showcases and events that allow them to hone in on their biggest advantage. Name recognition, and brand. Everyone who knows gaming knows the Mario Bros., and most know The Legend of Zelda franchise. With the whirlwind success surrounding the release of the variable form Nintendo Switch back in the Winter of 2016, many are looking to see whether Nintendo can put their own spin in the competition with Sony and Microsoft. The Switch came out with the ground-breaking Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, arguably one of the best in the series. However, at the time of release, the Switch had very few games available, and E3 looks to be the place where Nintendo can sharpen up their games library.
We’re looking forward to seeing some of the new games already announced, like Super Mario Odyssey, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. All of these games are really marketed towards younger audiences, so parents should take note!
There are a whirlwind of games that are always brought to light at E3, and this year looks to be no exception. Some of the games we are looking forward to are:
Call of Duty: WWII - The rebranding of the once blockbuster series, looking to regain its throne.
Destiny 2 - The sequel to arguably one of the most successful, yet games of the past three years.
Fallout 4 VR - A version of the game moved to be playable in VR, one of the first of it’s kind.
The Last of Us Part II - The sequel to one of the most popular and highly rated games on Playstation 4.
Super Mario Odyssey - One of the new Nintendo Switch titles, looking to expand the new consoles reach to younger audiences.
Red Dead Redemption 2 - The Follow up to the successful Wild West shooter.
Resident Evil: Biohazard: One of the first to be able to be played in VR.
E3 looks to continue to the trend of the last few years, where more consumers buy consoles and games to be played at home, rather than spending money on going to the movies or other sources of entertainment. 2017, with the number of new consoles, and shifting platforms to mobile and VR looks to be ground-breaking year for everyone in the world.