What to expect from E3 2010, check out what the announcements made at E3.
Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010 had loads of new game announcements and new console gaming gear to offer. While last year's E3 was mostly about demonstrating gaming console gear, this year Microsoft officially launched Kinect for Xbox 360 (previously, Project Natal) and a brand new slimmer Xbox 360 console just a day before E3 started. Sony on the other hand announced the availability of PlayStation Move, a motion controller pair for PlayStation 3 console. But what really stole the show was Nintendo's new 3DS handheld console. Let's take a quick look at major announcements related to gaming consoles at this year's E3.
Microsoft's Ball-game: New Xbox 360
Microsoft finally displayed their "killer" controller-free gaming device that was earlier known as Project Natal. This device is branded as Kinect and we presume it has been inspired from Microsoft's KIN smartphones. Nevertheless, what we're really interested is the new slim Xbox 360 that has 45nm fabrication process integrated microprocessor and graphics unit. As of now we don't have the exact detail on what hardware is inside the new, slimmer, angular, glossy black chassis. The buttons on the face of the console are touch-sensitive.
Microsoft has paid attention to the noise and heat levels of the gaming console. At the sides, one can notice the vents. Instead of two small fans, the new Xbox 360 comes with one large fan. The new Xbox 360 console is quieter (call it 'Whisper quiet') than its predecessors despite having a smaller enclosure. Microsoft has added smaller 135W power supply that consumes 1W in standby mode. For storage a 250GB HDD is located at the bottom of the console below the vent. We wouldn't term it as a design marvel but this new Xbox 360 is surely a refresh over the previous generation model.
Major improvements are noticeable in connectivity options as Wi-Fi (802.11n) module is integrated inside the console and no longer a separate accessory. This Wi-Fi module is capable of establishing single band 2.4GHz wireless connections. Apart from that the new Kinect for Xbox 360 device connector port lies on its back and also integrates HDMI for the first time. However, Microsoft hasn't included HDMI cable in the gaming console bundle.
Microsoft has removed memory card ports, so no more buying those cards separately. However, you got to dump previously saved data on to a portable hard drive or flash drive to transfer on new Xbox 360's hard drive.
Now Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg noted at the E3 Expo that the new Xbox 360 is "fully 3D capable". However, the HDMI port on the back isn't an HDMI 1.4. Even the rival PlayStation 3 Slim has an HDMI 1.3 port. But we certainly believe that Microsoft Kinect will take most of your time instead of 3D games. On November 4, Microsoft Kinect will hit stores and so will the library of compatible games.
We know what your main concern with Xbox 360 is - the Red Ring of Death. That being a specific hardware issue, Microsoft has taken good care of that in the new Xbox 360 console. As per the info sheet provided to Joystiq, the new Xbox 360 is physically incapable of RRoD, but even if it does, you won't see a red light. Instead, the console will show a green light by default. We really hope Microsoft's Xbox hardware team has taken uttermost care with the new 45nm integrated CPU-GPU chipset. Still, we've our fingers crossed and the console is already on sale for $299 (Rs. 14,000 approx.) in US.
Rival Sony did show PlayStation Eye with motion sensing last year at E3 but the company went overboard with their new lollipop stick like gaming motion controller - PlayStation Move.
PlayStation Move: Sony's new jive
Yes, we've already heard and read about PlayStation Move, Sony's motion sensing controller for PlayStation 3 gaming console. Sony had unveiled this motion gaming controller at the Game Developers Conference 2010 earlier in March this year. It's like Nintendo Wii's Nunchuck+Wiimote for PlayStation 3 gaming console. However, technologically PlayStation Move is different.
Sony has equipped Move motion controller with two high-precision sensors, three axis accelerometer and three axis gyroscope. Hey, doesn't that three axis gyroscope sound familiar? Yes, the new iPhone 4 comes with a three axis gyroscope in it. Do note that the PlayStation Move controller pack comes with two controller sticks. The one with the sphere is the main controller and another one without a sphere is the sub-controller. At the most up to four PlayStation Move controllers can connect to the PlayStation 3 Slim gaming console or pair of two sphere bearing controllers with two sub-controllers.
At E3 2010, Sony announced that the full PlayStation Move Champions bundle would be available for $99 that would include PlayStation Eye, Move controller and a game. One could also go for Move controller separately for $49 and navigation or sub-controller for $29. To attract kids and amuse teens, Sony has also released a gun-like attachment for the move controller.
Nintendo 3DS: Gaming 3D on the move
Great updates and looking for the Nintendo 3DSWhile CES 2010 entirely focused on 3D display, Nintendo had some other plans back in their labs. At the E3 2010 convention this year, Nintendo finally announced the new 3DS handheld gaming console, a successor to DSi. Note that this 3D handheld console has just been announced and would be made available between April 2010 and March 2011.
The new Nintendo 3DS is one heck of a handheld console that will offer 3D graphics without the need of 3D glasses. Not only that, this new gaming console would be backward compatible and has one inner and two 0.3 megapixel outer cameras.
The main screen is a 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display with 800x240 pixel resolution support. While the secondary screen is a 3.02-inch touchscreen LCD with 320x240 pixel resolution support. The handheld console will offer 3D Depth Slider to adjust the level of 3D effect and can be even turned off. Apart from that the console has a 360 degree analog stick, face buttons with control pad, motion sensor and a gyroscopic sensor. Yes, again gyroscopic sensor in handheld console. We don't have to tell you that besides accelerometer based games we'll get to see games making the best of gyroscopic sensors too!
Apart from that the 3DS handheld console would be capable of 2.4GHz band wireless Internet access and will also allow multiple 3DS consoles to connect over Wi-Fi. So you can now have your own 3DS LAN party. However, we are not yet aware of how many consoles can be connected over Wi-Fi.
Certain details like battery, language support, and final design are yet to be announced by Nintendo. Also, there was no word on whether Wii would get any refresh or HD upgrade.