As the gaming community collectively exhales and the dust can finally begin settling on E3, it’s time to start looking at what news about the next generation of game consoles from Microsoft and Sony has come out of expo. Time to gather all the information that has been vomited into every corner of the internet into one place and make sense of it all. This year’s E3 was marked by an especially tumultuous series of events, even in comparison to previous installments that played host to the reveal of new consoles. Amidst the chaos and swarm of news stories it can be hard to get a grasp on things, but solid facts are always a good place to start before forming an opinion.
What We Know
Unfortunately for the ESA, host of E3 and psuedo champion of the gaming realm, the convention they whipped up to spark interest in the world of video games back in the 90s is no longer the end all, be all that it once was. Thanks to that, the questions about next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony were answered well before setup at the convention center had even started. The result was little new info about the consoles themselves and an all out blitz of games on stage. More than any year before it, E3 2013 was focused on the players as much as the business. The idea that calling the convention’s handful of large stage shows “press conferences” might be a dubious use of that label was a sentiment echoed by many members of the gaming press proper over the four day event, most notably after Sony’s press conference during which the crowd gave reactions that would be entirely unexpected from members of the press.
That isn’t to say that useful information wasn’t gleaned from these events. Regardless of how the two forces that dominated the headlines of E3 2013 were received, this year’s player focused approach has rounded out the consoles’ images, made them into something that can be examined, and more importantly for the companies, something that a purchasing decision can be made based on. The image of these pieces of technology are now likely as complete as they will be until they are released to the general public this fall. Or at the very least until PAX Prime or Gamescom.