If the video game world were following its normal cycle, console makers would be revealing details of their next generation systems in less than two weeks. This cycle is anything but normal, though – and so at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), game makers will instead chart a new path.
Rather than introducing new systems, Microsoft and Sony will both introduce motion sensor controllers that are intended to both attract a new audience to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – and extend the lifespan of those systems by at least another three years. Nintendo, which is still seeing great success with the Wii, will focus instead on once again innovating the portable world.
Independent video-game publishers, meanwhile, hope to energize their top franchises to boost sales, after a disappointing 2009.
Here’s a look at what to expect from some of the industry’s big players:
Microsoft: The motion sensor, currently code-named “Project Natal,” will have its debut three days before E3’s official kickoff, with an opulent coming-out party that will feature a performance by Cirque du Soleil. The retail name of the system, its full functionality (both gaming- and non-gaming) and several titles that will utilize it will be unveiled. The retail price might remain under wraps a bit longer, though, as ‘Natal’ isn’t expected to go on sale until late this year.