Some years E3 is full of excitement, wonder, and fun-filled announcements.
Some years E3 is like having a birthday party where everyone gets you the same present. You appreciate it, but it’s boring and disappointing.
But whenever there is an announcement for a new console, the energy of the conference seems to buzz in a uniquely intoxicating way.
Google’s Announcement for their cloud video game platform, “Stadia”
Imagine a world in which you don’t need expensive gaming equipment to play the next big release title. A world in which all you ever have to do to start gaming is open up your browser, select a game and start playing. You’ll be able to go from opening a Chrome tab to playing a 4K, 60fps game, in five seconds, no installation required.
- What is it? Google’s big move into gaming – a ‘Netflix for gaming’ streaming service that’s a true console competitor, one to rival (and potentially lead) the next generation of gameplay.
- When is it launching? At some point in 2019, with launch territories including the USA, Canada and UK. Latest rumors suggest another update, teaser and more details will be coming in June 2019.
- How much will it cost? $9.99 per month for full 4K HDR streaming via Stadia Pro, or you can purchase games a la carte with Stadia Base.
Xbox’s Announcement for their next console “Scarlett” –
- What is it? The console, which is yet to receive a final name, will be “four times” more powerful than the Xbox One X. Halo: Infinite will be a Scarlett launch title. Scarlett has a disc drive, allowing you to play physical discs. Scarlett was touted as a “bigger leap than any generation we’ve done before.” Xbox boss Phil Spencer also described it as the “most powerful and highest performance console we’ve ever designed.” Microsoft also made it clear the system is designed explicitly for gaming, a notable difference from how the Xbox One was originally unveiled.
- When is it launching? Holiday 2020.
- How much will it cost? Unknown
Not much is known at this time for PS5, but here is a comparison between PS5 and Xbox Stadia: https://www.techradar.com/news/xbox-project-scarlett-vs-ps5
Sources: techradar.com, ign.com, androidcentral.com