Well day one of E3 2011 is over, and the keynotes for two of the big three are in the books, and from what I saw from Microsoft and Sony, I am very excited. Which is strange seeing this is the first time I have been excited about Sony in years, which alone is worth getting…well excited over. Here is a recap of what stood out for me.
As predicted, Microsofts presentation and upcoming line up revolve around Kinect, and living up to the some of the promises of the system, and showing how Kinect plays with the hardcore games in the Xbox roster. For me the most interesting thing today was the new Kinect fun labs , which will allow all those neat Kinect hackers have at and finally let me have something to do with my Kinect. They showed off the object scan function and the avatar scan funtion which were very impressive. Xbox also showed off the new UI coming this fall which using bing and youtube. Oh I almost forgot….HALO 4 and HALO anniversary remake!
The entire Keynote can be seen here http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Community/E3
Upcoming Kinect(Kinect enabled) titles of intrest.
- Mass Effect 3
- Dance Central
- Fable : The Journey
- Forza 4
- Kinect fun lab ( available today)
- Star Wars Kinect
Sony really had to get over the elephant in the room. They handled the PSN outage well, and did not dwell but instead wowed us with what we really wanted to know about, the freakin NGP or PS VITA as it is now called. They revealed that there will be two price points for the handheld $249.99 for a wifi only and $299.99 for the 3g version. Which excites me because the PS vita impressed me earlier and like everyone was worried it was going to ( in Sony fashion) cost more than a high end TV, and after I spent $249.99 3ds that has been to this point underwhelming, the PS Vita looks like a very affordable alternative.Sony has been pushing 3d for a year to a less than receptive audience. So Sony announced a bundle that includes a 24 inch 1080 HD flat screen 3d Tv, Resistance 3 and an HDMI cable….which is still meh on the 3d front. But the PS Vita alone makes up for all that bundle wackiness.
Day two, its up to Nintendo to steal the show with detail of project cafe, and I will have details to fawn or yell over. We wait in the edge of our seats. Until then.