June 10 - Game makers tout updated games, and console tweaks to enthusiastic fans at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. Bobbi Rebell reports.
Playstation came out swinging at E3, the electronic entertainment expo in Las Vegas- unveiling a new white console- and a lineup of major new games- including first person shooter game, Destiny: Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment: SOUNDBITE: ANDREW HOUSE, PRESIDENT AND GROUP CEO OF SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "The 'Destiny' trailer that kicked off tonight's show is the embodiment of our vision, from its graphic fidelity, to its dynamic social experiences, to its deeply immersive gameplay, 'Destiny' will help define this next generation of gaming. Like so many of the world's biggest and best games you'll be able to play 'Destiny' first on PlayStation." Sony also said it's releasing a PlayStation TV set-top box for $99 this fall- which will tie into the company's cloud-based game streaming service- PlayStation Now. That will help it compete with players like Amazon- and its $99 Fire TV video and game streaming device. It's already taken a solid lead over Microsoft's Xbox One- selling more than 7 million PS 4s, a nice first-year lead over the more expensive Xbox One's 5 million. Microsoft has now slashed prices- to try to bridge that gap. They were at E3 too- hyping their game lineup- including Halo- which Xbox head Phil Spencer showed off to a revved up crowd SOUNDBITE: PHIL SPENCER, HEAD OF MICROSOFT'S XBOX BUSINESS, MICROSOFT (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Halo launched the original Xbox, Halo launched Xbox Live and Halo is the cornerstone on Xbox 360. Now Master Chief collections will allow gamers to allow the entire Master Chief story only on Xbox 1." Microsoft announced a line up of two dozen games- including a number of hard core shooting titles. Both Microsoft and Sony are both benefitting from Nintendo's struggles- whose Wii U has been a huge disappointment. But Nintendo has a new strategy to breathe some life into the two year old console- interactive figurines- called amiibos. And Mario gets an upgrade- now consumers will be able to put their own design on the game, with Mario Maker.