This year’s E3 was spectacularly mediocre, what with many people expecting PS4/Xbox 720 to be unveiled, and they weren’t. Not even Nintendo managed to hype its upcoming Wii U console that well. Nevertheless, a lot of stuff still happened, many new games were shown, and a lot of new information regarding already announced games was revealed. Even if it didn’t meet our expectations, it was still E3… If you’re a gamer, it’s bound to excite you at least a little bit.
Here’s a summary of the happenings at the five major conferences (Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony, Nintendo), along with my comments. The items in bold are the biggest announcements each company made in the respective conference.
Recently, pretty big rumours have surfaced regarding Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console from a Ubisoft developer in Italy. Surely, we’ll get a lot of actually factual information in just a couple of weeks at E3, but why not speculate today, too?
Here’s a list of the important stuff:
Launch date – November 23rd
Launch price – between $350 and $450
Radeon HD 6770 GPU
DirectX 11 support
Can run Unreal Engine 4
2GB RAM, 560 MB reserved for OS
Support for 2 touch-screen controllers
Trigger buttons won’t be analogue
“New button” has a link to the Wii Vitality Sensor
Multiple versions of the console given to developers – perhaps hardware is not completely finalised yet
There will be achievements
UI will be customisable
Launch titles from Ubisoft: Rayman Legends, The Avengers, Assassin’s Creed 3, Just Dance 4; Killer Freaks from Outer Space to arrive weeks after launch
Assassin’s Creed 3 to run at 60 fps at 1080p, compared to 720p on PS3/Xbox 360
Crytek, EA and Valve are working on Wii U
Valve working on a digital distribution platform and Portal ports
Most of this is very interesting. I highly doubt Nintendo will go for anything above $350 for the price. With the word out already that Wii U will not be THAT much of an improvement over the other two, a $400 price tag would be a certain recipe for a slow start, unless they manage to convince everyone that Wii U is truly full-fledged next-gen at E3.