I have been having quite a few sleepless nights lately. Yesterday I went to sleep at 3:30 am and the night before that at 4am because I was too busy watching the E3 2010Press Conferences LIVE at e3.ign.com
This year’s E3 IMHO was one of the best E3s ever. Loads of new stuff was introduced, new sequels, new hardware and new concepts like the Kinect and PS Move. Here is a summary of E3 2010;
The main announcements (not particularly in this order);
The Nintendo 3DS
Finally, the 3DS was officially announced at this year’s E3 and it is just EPIC.
As you can see in the picture, the 3DS now features an analog stick which is termed as the ‘Slide Pad’ by the people at Nintendo. 2 cameras on the outside instead of one as in the DSi and needless to say, 3D support.
The main WOW thing about the 3DS is that one can play in 3D without wearing glasses! (yup, you read that right). Also there are 2 cameras in the front so that one can take pictures in 3D and view them on the DS. There’s also an integrated microphone, a motion sensor and a gyroscope (basically senses movement in all six axis, just like the iPhone 4). Stereo speakers are on either side of the top screen, and the game card slot accepts DS cards in addition to the new 3DS cards. Interestingly, the pictures that you’re seeing right now may not be what exactly the Nintendo 3DS will look like when it hits the retail shelves as the company says that the “final design is TBA” and may infact change before its release.
The new Xbox 360
The new Xbox360 undoubtedly looks much better than the present one. With a glossy black finish like the one which the PS3 has. It is a finger print magnet but still looks very good. The new Xbox also has in-built Wi-Fi, 250GB internal Hard-drive, 2 fans, capacitive buttons and is also 15% smaller than the old Xbox. You have to admit that it is indeed a good successor to the old 360.
And also, it is Kinect ready! I don’t think that there are any big performance changes except that the power button doesn’t have any red LEDs around it , so I think we can all say goodbye to the RROD for good.
The new 360 will be is available for $299 and another model will be coming up to replace the Xbox 360 arcade which will be placed at $199.
After months of rumor, the PlayStation Plus service was officially announced at this years E3.
I always thought that free online gaming and PSN is a big plus point for the PS3 as compared to the $50 an year XBox Live. But Sony announced that PSN will continue to offer the services being offered right now for free and people who want some extra features can get the new Optional upgrade for $50 an year or $18 for 3 months.
So, people can still continue to play online and do all the stuff they do right now on PSN for free.
PlayStation Plus will feature exclusive unique Avatars, custom themes and some discounts for both PlayStation 3 and PSP video games. Also, the subscribers will get full game trials allowing them to experience games for free with all the features turned on for a limited amount of time before being asked to actually purchase them.
Most of the people reading this would already know everything about the Kinect but still I will mention that the Kinect (Codenamed Project Natal) is an add-on for the Xbox 360 which allows users to play games or do other stuff on the 360 using hand gestures, movements and their voice without any controller or input device.
The Kinect will be available in November for $150. But people with the original 360s need to have a separate power connection for the Kinect while the new 360, as written above, will be Kinect ready.
For me, this was the main reason that I didn’t sleep for 2 night and was watching E3. The PS Move is an upcoming add-on for the Playstation 3. The Playstation Move is a motion-sensing controller for the PS3 with 1:1 tracking (full body movement tracking) unlike the Nintendo Wii.
The controller on the left is called the Navigator (spoilsport, I know) and is basically used for movement (duh!) and is optional is many games,. The controller on the right is the main Move ‘wand’. The ball on top is called the ‘orb’ and can glow in any colour as it has RGB LED’s on the inside. The orb is made of a rubbery, little squishy material which is a plus point incase the controller goes flying toward your precious HDTV.
The Move controller is also pressure sensitive so if you are playing a bow and arrow game (like the sports champions package) and if you loosen your grip on the wand then the arrow will be released (EPIC).
The PS Move will be available on September 19th in US for a surprisingly low cost: only $50 dollars (about Rs.2500) for the Move and $30(about Rs.1500) for the optional Navigator (The move costs even less than a PS game which usually costs $60). Although with this you would only get the controller and not the PS Eye camera which is necessary. If you want the full bundle it costs $100 with which you get the Move controller, the PS Eye camera, Sports champion game for the move and the move demo disc.
According to me , the Move is much better than the Kinect (not because I own a Ps3) but I believe Kinect has its limitations. Imagine playing an FPS with it, or even any other action adventure game in which you have to run around. The voice recognition is also a big problem, as reported by ign.com, the Kinect fails to recognise words spoken in different accents and that is a big problem.
Now, to the Playstation Move. The main thing that makes the Move click is the one-to-one tracking. In the Wii, everything was preset , if a person flicks his wrist the right then something will happen and if the person flicks it upward then another…you get the drift. This is not the case with the Move, in which nothing is present and the game character will do exactly as you do. Imagine how fun it would be to play a boxing game this way (The Fight :working title).
Watch out for a post on the Games that were announced at E3!