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Posted June 10, 2013
Gaming fans play Playstation 3's Hitman Absolution on the third day of the E3 videogame extravaganza in Los Angeles on June 7, 2012 in California. Sony and Microsoft will be battling for the spotlight at the E3 videogame show with new consoles designed to put them at the heart of home entertainment.

Gaming fans play Playstation 3’s Hitman Absolution on the third day of the E3 videogame extravaganza in Los Angeles on June 7, 2012 in California. Sony and Microsoft will be battling for the spotlight at the E3 videogame show with new consoles designed to put them at the heart of home entertainment.

Sony and Microsoft will be battling for the spotlight at the E3 videogame show with new consoles designed to put them at the heart of home entertainment.

Both companies are expected to showcase blockbuster titles for high-powered machines that go beyond rich, immersive game play to expanded capabilities for socializing online and accessing films, music, sports, or television shows.

“There is certainly going to be a massive spotlight on the two next-gen consoles,” Bethesda videogame studio marketing vice president Pete Hines said ahead of the E3 expo that gets its unofficial start on Monday in Los Angeles.

“Certainly, games are going to look better, but not so dramatic in terms of differences,” he continued. “A lot of stuff is in the margins with changes you can’t wrap your head around easily.”

Sony unveiled a new generation PlayStation 4 (PS4) system in February and laid out its vision for the “future of gaming” in a world rich with mobile gadgets and play streamed from the Internet cloud.

At a press event in New York, computer entertainment unit chief Andrew House said PS4 “represents a significant shift from thinking of PlayStation as a box or console to thinking of the PlayStation 4 as a leading place for play.”

There was no glimpse of a PS4 at the launch event, setting the stage for its hands-on debut at E3.

Those attending the industry-only gathering will also be able to try the new-generation Xbox One that Microsoft introduced last month and touted as an entertainment hub that goes far beyond games.

Read more at: Phys.org

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