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Xbox One, PS4 Go Head to Head at E3 2013

By: Rich DeMuro
Jun. 12, 2013

Every year gamers head to Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to get a sneak peak at the new consoles and games that will be hitting the stores soon.

This year’s show proved to be one of the most exciting in recent memory because both Microsoft and Sony are launching new systems: Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4), respectively.

“This is a really big E3,” said Russ Frushtick, senior editor for game site Polygon.com. “New consoles [are] coming out and that doesn’t happen very often, it’s a big year!”

Though there have been minor updates in recent years, fully updated console take a few years to come to fruition.

Microsoft revealed details of the Xbox One a few weeks prior to E3, and the hardware looked impressive.

It combines gaming and entertainment with a powerful 8-core processor, Blu-ray player, and a better Kinect system that can even control live TV.

“[Microsoft] is really taking this home media approach,” said game blogger and editor, Ashley Esqueda. “They want the Xbox to be the center of your home entertainment system.”

The One is expected to sell for $500 come November.

Sony’s PlayStation 4, made it’s official appearance at this year’s E3, mirroring many of the same powerful features of the Xbox One: an 8-core processor, built-in Blu-ray player, and a motion detecting system with a camera.

But to its advantage, the PS4 adds more ram in the system.

The PS4 is set to launch $100 cheaper than the One and is slated for release this holiday season.

With the two new consoles neck in neck in the hardware department, the determining factor is what you want them to do.

“If you like watching TV and hanging out in the living room, Xbox is the way to go,” said Frushtick. “If you’re just looking for games, PS4 might be your best bet.”

Though not as splashy as in former years, Nintendo announced updates to many of their popular titles like Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U and 3DS to name a few.

“They wanted to have this really intimate tone,” said Esqueda. “They wanted to get everybody playing the games as soon as possible.”

All in all, it’s panning out to be an entertaining year for both casual and hardcore gamers.

“We have a new Halo game coming out, that’s always a big deal,” added Frushtick. “On the Sony side, we have Final Fantasy, we have Kingdom Hearts and more mature titles like, Kill Zone and Infamous. Definitely a mix of everything.”

For more pictures from E3, follow the link here.

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