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E3 2019: What to expect from this year's gaming expo – The South African

Every year, hundreds of electronics manufacturers, game publishers and game developers gather in Los Angeles for E3; where they show off and brag about the greatest and latest developments in the gaming world.

With E3 kicking off this week, we can look forward to a ton of announcements about new game releases, trailers, product updates and news. And the best part? It will all be streaming.

Things are being done a bit differently this year. Two of the biggest names in the gaming industry – Electronic Arts (EA) and Sony – won’t be part of the usual press conferences, and won’t have a presence at E3.

When and where is E3?

E3 is taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in California this year. Nearly 70 000 gamers, manufacturers, developers and celebrities are expected to attend the biggest gaming event of the year.

E3 is short for “Electronic Entertainment Expo” and the official dates for this year are from Tuesday 11 June to Thursday 13 June. Yes, it’s short, but it will most certainly pack a punch.

The biggest names in the industry – from Microsoft to EA to Ubisoft – scheduled their keynotes ahead of the event. Check back soon; we will do a recap of the highlights once the last of the bunch, Nintendo, delivers their speech.

What to expect from E3 this year:

Gaming consoles

Nintendo is rumoured to make a big announcement at this year’s event. A Switch Lite perhaps? Unfortunately, Sony is one of the two big names who won’t present this year.

We already know that the PlayStation 5 is coming and that it’s going to be the next big thing. But we’ll have to wait for further updates from Sony. We’d probably only get our grubby hands on the PS5 towards the end of 2020.

VR everywhere

Virtual reality is hot on everyone’s lips since Oculus released the Quest and Rift S, and Valve has announced the Steam Index. We’re crossing all our fingers and toes that Valve has some interesting news to share this year.

The company sadly hasn’t had much hardware success in the past. Nevertheless, they are now offering their tethered VR headset with a price tag just shy of R15 000. We’ll have to wait and see how that pans out.

Google Stadia

Expect some announcement from Google about their new gaming endeavour called Google Stadia. According to Google, you’d be able to play games on different types of screens, but without a console.

It will be a streaming service, much like GeForce Now or PlayStation Now. They have released demos of the concept, but hopefully more details about the new gaming platform will be coming our way this week.

Games, games and more games

Both Epic and Tencent – the angels behind Fortnite – will be at E3 this year, giving Valve’s Steam some competition in the gaming department. We can’t help but wonder what the dangerous duo has planned.

Talks of new announcement for Battlefield, Call of Duty, Madden, FIFA and Assassin’s Creed are also doing the rounds. We also know that Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls will be introducing their sixth instalment to the game series.

Nothing is yet confirmed, and there is even greater speculation about new announcements for Rockstar and Red Dead Redemption 2. We’ll have to wait patiently for the esteemed game developers to throw some crumbs our way.

Watch: E3 Expo trailer

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