Attention Gamers! Here's the Big News Out of E3 This Week

Here's what you need to know from the video gaming industry's huge show

The buzzy video gaming conference known as Electronics Entertainment Expo -- or, popularly, E3 -- rolled into Los Angeles this week with its annual frenzy of media attention (not to mention an array of costumed characters trolling the show floor). But you didn't need to get inside the industry-only event to know the biggest news to come out of the show program. Here, we bring you a roundup of the coolest new things announced this week.


You might say that Sony stole the show to start the week, not only revealing details of its gaming system PlayStation 4 -- but also announcing a price tag of $399. The company is billing a slim and light body for the system, which comes in jet black. The PS4 will be available this holiday season in North America and Europe if you want a piece of the action.


Microsoft revealed its Xbox One last month, but the brand used the E3 platform to announce more details for its newest Xbox and entertainment system. The new Xbox is meant to support games, music, live TV, movies, sports, apps and Skype, all personalizable and accessible with voice commands. It's launching in 21 markets around the world in November, but its $499 price tag compared to the PS4 could prove problematic, according to analysts.  


In past years, exhibitors at E3 have used the showcase to flaunt games that mark continuations of ongoing series -- but this year brought with it the debuts of many altogether brand new and notable titles. Among those are a slew from Microsoft including "Quantum Break," and 20 from Sony, including "The Order: 1886," according to the Washington Post.


Of course, in addition to all the original titles are tons of those updates to all the platforms' popular franchises we're used to seeing each year. The Washington Post reports that "Final Fantasy XV," "Forza 5," "Battlefield 4," "Assassin's Creed 4" and the newest edition of "Halo," expected out next year, all scooped up lots of attention.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter.

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