E3 features VR, Zelda, parties

The E3 games industry convention took over downtown this week, with more than 70,000 game industry attendees from around the world. PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Square Enix, WB Games, 2K and more showcased their new games, VR, and game services at booths on the show floor at the LAConvention Center.
Noticeably absent this year: no Activision, EA, or Konami on the show floor.
Instead, EA teamed up with Doritos for the #MixArcade, a six-story stand-up video game stage in the middle of the street with artist performances.
Show Floor
– Playstation demoed its new Farpoint VR game and new gun controller in an immersive display (photo right) that put viewers on a faraway planet. The VR is amazing, with little latency. The new VR gun works well. It’s light and easy to handle. Can’t wait for this game to come out!
Attendees also played VR demos for Batman Arkham, Robot Golf, Battlezone, Here They Lie, Final Fantasy XV and more.
– Xbox announced Xbox Play Anywhere allowing Xbox One and Windows 10 integration and the new high powered 4K Project Scorpio due Holiday 2017. Xbox profiled Forza Horizon 3 racing game, and several other games.

– Nintendo had the best booth display, with a complete takeover of its new Zelda Breath of the Wild role-playing game. For the first time, Nintendo’s entire booth was dedicated to just one game: Zelda. After a short introductory video, attendees entered the booth, which created an immersive game world.

The booth recreated scenes of a palace and forest, where attendees could take pics with Link battling a robotic villain. The booth featured dozens of game consoles for sample play, with prizes. Zelda Breath of the Wild will be released on Wii U and the new NX platform.


Parties included:
– Tue: Upload VR made a big splash with its first big party, that everyone in VR and games seemed to be at at the Exchange LA, with Hulu VR demo lounge. Xbox also held its party.

– Wed: The WIGI – Treyarch Unity party took over the Exchange LA (photo right). Also: IGN 20th Anniversary, Survios, Wiz Khalifa and Big Boi at the #MixArcade.