Previous year was a pretty big deal for Sony with regards to hardware.
Microsoft will be hoping to steal the cast majority of headlines at this year's E3.
Nintendo's recently-launched Twitch has been a victor, with fans snapping up the console and a "Legend of Zelda" game that has become a must-play title for fans. Phil Spencer announced a year ago that keyboard and mouse support was coming to the Xbox consoles. It'll come as no surprise that Nintendo will have a large focus on the device and games for it - as well as games for the 3DS. The company announced Thursday that it has made a decision to give game developers 9GB RAM and keep only 3GB for the system. Ubisoft is working on Rayman Legends Definitive Edition and a Monopoly game for the Switch, but there's no sign of Assassin's Creed or Beyond Good and Evil.
As for big game developers, according to the schedule posted by Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley, Bethesda Softworks is set to announce a new title that will be seen for the first time at E3.
"It's portable, you can kind of take it on the train, its got the kind of detachable controllers so you can play it with other people, it's fitted really nicely in that space between mobile gaming and console gaming", says Hicks. Enabling ultra-rich visuals also tunes into the budding trend toward virtual reality games.
In a Tweet from Mike Ybarra, the Corporate Vice President of Windows and Xbox Gaming Platforms revealed that the company has continued to fine tune and enhance the upcoming console since its hardware reveal a couple months ago.
"It's done so much better than we all expected", says Chris Dring from Gamesindustry.biz.
The new Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 will be running on the new engine Frostbite enabling to utilize the power of the new generation consoles and provide High Dynamic Range to supported television which will seem more realistic.
Nintendo will likely use E3 to show Switch has a strong lineup of games coming this year, including Super Mario Odyssey, the first proper Mario game for the system.
But the specifics can't be easily predicted.
But it might be getting harder for casual deals to spring up, given the show's splintering in recent years.
The next Call of Duty game, returning the series to a Second World War setting popular among fans, will be among the biggest games discussed at the three-day show. Stay tuned to PCMag.com for all the news.