TECH TALK

5 things we learned from the gam­ing expo in Los Angeles

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he Elec­tronic En­ter­tain­ment Expo (E3) is fully up and run­ning in Los Angeles with all the ma­jor play­ers in the gam­ing world mak­ing big an­nounce­ments. We pick out five things we have learned so far…

IT’S ALL ABOUT VR FOR SONY

Sony an­nounced that its PlayS­ta­tion VR will be launched in Oc­to­ber. The vir­tual re­al­ity head­set, which re­quires a PS4 con­sole, will have at least 50 games avail­able at launch. One of the big ti­tles will be Rock­steady Stu­dios’ Bat­man: Arkham. The role-play­ing game Fi­nal Fan­tasy XV, hor­ror se­quel ‘Res­i­dent Evil VII and sci-fi shoot-’em-up Star Wars Bat­tle­front will also all have VR modes.

As well as VR, Sony also an­nounced de­tails of an all-new Spider-Man ad­ven­ture from In­som­niac Games for PlayS­ta­tion 4.

A SMALLER, FASTER XBOX ONE

Xbox One is shrink­ing in size and growing in power. Mi­crosoft un­veiled a new, slim­mer ver­sion of the video game con­sole com­ing later this year and teased a more pow­er­ful one that’s due in 2017.

The com­pany says the white Xbox One S is 40 per cent smaller than the orig­i­nal black Xbox One and will fea­ture sup­port for high-def­i­ni­tion 4K video.

Other changes in­clude mov­ing the USB ports to the front of the con­sole, adding a built-in in­frared blaster and elim­i­nat­ing the port for the mo­tion-de­tect­ing Kinect cam­era sys­tem.

EA TEASES NEW STAR WARS GAMES

Elec­tronic Arts is lean­ing heav­ily on The Force with teasers for three forth­com­ing games set in the Star Wars uni­verse. The games in­clude a new edi­tion of Star Wars Bat­tle­front in­spired by the re­cent films from DICE and Mo­tive Stu­dios, an ac­tion-ad­ven­ture game with an orig­i­nal story from Vis­ceral Games and a third-per­son ac­tion game from Res­pawn En­ter­tain­ment.

Other games EA hyped dur­ing its one-hour E3 news con­fer­ence in­cluded the grap­pling-hook en­hanced Ti­tan­fall 2; the World War I-set shooter Bat­tle­field 1; the sto­ry­fo­cused foot­ball sim­u­la­tor FIFA 17; and the space­ex­plor­ing saga Mass Effect: An­dromeda, which is set in an all-new realm.

UBISOFT GOES ‘STEEP’

For its next open-world game, Ubisoft is com­bin­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive mul­ti­player ac­tion with snowy ex­treme sports. The video game pub­lisher capped off its pre­sen­ta­tion with a first look at Steep. The game will set play­ers loose on a vir­tual ren­di­tion of the Alps where they can ski, snow­board, paraglide and base-jump from moun­tain cliffs. It’s a topic the game’s cre­ators know well. The de­vel­op­ment of Steep is be­ing led by Ubisoft’s stu­dio at the base of the Alps in An­necy, France. Ubisoft also show­cased the su­per­hero-themed South Park: The Frac­tured But Whole, vir­tual re­al­ity star­ship sim­u­la­tor Star Trek: Bridge Crew, open-world tac­ti­cal shooter Tom Clancy’s Ghost Re­con Wild­lands, and hand-to-hand bat­tle game For Honor.

FLAGS AT HALF-MAST

The flags out­side E3 are fly­ing at half-mast in hon­our of the vic­tims of the Or­lando mass shoot­ing. How­ever, it will seem­ingly be busi­ness as usual inside the video game in­dus­try’s an­nual trade show this week. E3 kicked off with flashy pre­sen­ta­tions fea­tur­ing footage of up­com­ing games - many of which depict un­re­lent­ing gun vi­o­lence - from Elec­tronic Arts, Bethesda Soft­works, Mi­crosoft, Ubisoft and Sony.

WATCH YOUR STEP: A scene from Ubisoft’s new re­lease Steep

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