E3 started rolling today with the little Wii U premiere video, but with Dave Long having vacated the board, it looks like nobody mentioned that.
The Microsoft press conference is Monday at 9:30 AM, and will be broadcast live at xbox.com/e3, on Spike TV, and on Xbox LIVE.
Sony is at 6 pm on their site. What was that amazing looking game a couple of years ago that they showed with the boy and his giant pet DogDragonThing? That’s the one thing I want to see them show – it looked awesome, and I’ve heard nothing since.
I hate press conferences that are racist against people who sleep all day. I’ve spent the last week trying to adjust my sleep schedule so I’ll be up for the MS and Nintendo pressers live.
My last minute magaton prediction for this year’s E3: Diablo 3 for Vita (and PS3) with full Battle.net integration. Buy once, play on any of those systems, including PC. Character persistence across all versions, co-op between any and all versions. Special offline mode for Vita (just remember to sync next time you’re in range of wi-fi!), but co-op auction house access over 3G as well!
Actually, the current Xbox rumor is exactly that. There will be some kind of companion app for iOS and Android phones and tablets that can be used as a supplemental screen and controller. I think it will be about as usefull as Sony’s “use a psp as a rearview mirror” concept.
Yeah, as marginally useful as the WiiU tablet may be (I still think it has interesting design possibilities), a purely optional tablet add-on app is even less useful.
For supplemental gameplay, they can’t make any real assumptions about the ipad / android ownership, so there’s no motivation to develop features for it. Also, looking at the Nintendo slideshow, they’re still planning on supporting the TV-free mode where the main screen is on the WiiU controller, which may not be that useful, but is another feature that’s supported.
The most momentous thing about the Sony and Microsoft conferences this year is that both will finally be streamed live on the respective console services. It boggles my mind that it’s taken this long for them to do this.