We’re excited, and so should you be – the world’s biggest gaming show E3 kicks off on Wednesday, when some of the best and worst kept secrets of the next-gen gaming war will be announced to the world.
Our gaming general Tom Dunmore will be out on the frontline to provide the best live updates on the web, but here are our top ten things to look out for from the show:
1. Nintendo Wii launch. It’s time to stop sniggering like schoolboys about the name (well, almost) – Nintendo will be talking at length about its gaming eccentric on Tuesday 9th May, with pricing and release dates likely, and demos of its ‘Wii wand’ controller.
2. PS3 details. Sony will be taking to the stands later today to talk up the PS3, with the new controller and pricing (will it break the $500 barrier?) likely to be the biggest news.
3. Halo 3 revealed. Bungie’s been posting tantalising hints of big news in the next few days about the next-gen Halo – rumours suggest there’ll not only be a trailer but also in-game footage.
4. Sony shows off Blu-Ray. E3 will be the explosive battleground for the Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD wars, so expect Sony to show off the high-def movie capabilities from its integrated player.
5. HD-DVD add-on for Xbox 360. Microsoft is likely to counter-punch Sony’s talking up of Blu-Ray with a separate HD-DVD drive for the 360.
6. Games, games and more games. This is when we’ll really get to see the true face of next-gen gaming – Splinter Cell: Double Agent, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Gears of War, Prey and possibly a new Grand Theft Auto are likely to be on show. Along with…
7. Madden NFL on the Wii. Electronic Arts are expected to show the Wii Wand in all its waving glory with this new version of its American footie sim for the console.
8. Sony and Ninty take on Xbox Live. Online gaming will take centre stage at E3, with Sony’s Playstation Network Platform and the Wii’s unknown zone ready to reveal themselves.
9. Nokia showcases next-gen N-Gage. Last year the Finnish giant revealed its N-Gage gaming platform for smartphones – will this year see some new devices? Its site suggests something is in the pipeline.
10. PC gaming holds its own. Call of Duty 3 and Command and Conquer 2 will show these young console upstarts how it’s done.