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What do E3 attendees think of mobile gaming?


The smartphone has changed the gaming industry landscape dramatically. As our pocket computers advance, so too does the possibility of fully satisfying mobilegaming experiences.

Companies like Nintendo are blurring the lines between portable and console/PC gaming with the Switch. At the same time, big studios have largely moved away from attempts to integrate mobile content into the home console.

Casual games continue to dominate smartphones and tablets. And even as games that require more commitment have made a name for themselves on mobile (Pokémon Go, I’m talking to you), it’s hard to imagine an experience on mobile that rivals that of a console.

But at E3 this year, we had the opportunity to asks attendees (well, those who didn’t scoff at the words “mobile gaming”) what they believe the future of mobile gaming looks like. Here’s what they had to say:

HTC Vive’s second E3 finds VR gaining some AAA steam


HTC is back at E3 this year for its sophomore turn at the gaming expo, after its first show in 2016 following closely on the heels of the Vive VR headset’s consumer launch. I spoke to HTC VP of VR Dan O’Brien at this year’s E3, to find out a bit about how the company sees the market, its role therein and the state of VR in general now that it’s not the newest kid on the block.

We talked a bit about how important it is to see big games embrace the platform, including Bethesda’s Doom and Fallout VR titles (it wasn’t yet public that Mario Kart would also be making its way to the Vive via Tokyo arcades, but the same conclusions apply). O’Brien was candid about how despite strong indie support, which HTC continues to prize, big name games coming to VR are sure to help it continue to mature as an industry, and attract new gamers who might’ve been content to otherwise stay sat on the fence.

The Vive has also evolved from a hardware perspective, and O’Brien pointed out that both the new Deluxe Audio Strap, and Intel’s upcoming WiGig wireless adapter kit for Vive are going to be on display and available for testing this year at the show. The Vive Tracker, which brings other objects into the gaming world, is likewise on display with some new game integrations. The headset itself may not have changed since last year, but we’ve learned a lot about user experience, on both hardware and software fronts.

VR might not yet be a breakaway smash hit, even when it’s tied to a console and with a lower barrier to entry than the Vive, as with PS VR. But O’Brien doesn’t seem under any illusions about the work that still needs to be done in the space, and as proof he points to recent partnership announcements, including with Google, on different approaches to broadening the appeal of VR in general.

HTC didn’t get have anything as grandiose as its own Vive keynote at its second E3, necessarily, but it did see the VR pioneer incorporated in big announcements from Sony, Bethesda and Nintendo – not bad for a relative gaming expo novice.

Nintendo’s upcoming Switch titles include Metroid, Mario, Kirby, Xenoblade and an in-progress Pokemon RPG

Nintendo is back at E3, in much more successful spirits after the sales boom with the Switch’s launch earlier this year.

Some of the game titles announced include an unnamed and still-in-progress proper Pokemon RPG built by Game Freaks for the Switch. Metroid Prime 4, Fire Emblem Warriors, a new Kirby title and the much-awaited details on the upcoming Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC packs also were unveiled during the briefing.

Click through (desktop) or scroll down (mobile) to see what new games you’ll be playing on the Nintendo Switch starting this fall, up to a year from now.

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Nintendo’s upcoming Switch titles include Metroid, Mario, Kirby and an in-progress Pokemon RPG

Nintendo is back at E3, in much more successful spirits after the sales boom with the Switch’s launch earlier this year.

One of the game titles announced include an unnamed and still-in-progress proper Pokemon RPG, built by Game Freaks for the Switch. Updates to other franchises include Metroid Prime 4, Fire Emblem Warriors, a new Kirby title and much-awaited details on the upcoming Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC packs.

Click through (desktop) or scroll down (mobile) to see what new games you’ll be playing on the Nintendo Switch starting this fall, up to a year from now.

Sony updates its PlayStation franchises with new Uncharted, Gran Turismo, God of War and others

Sony has been in control of a solid games catalog, both exclusive and multi-platform for the better part of this console generation. This year’s E3 presentation was no different, with updates to famous franchises like God of War, Gran Turismo, Ace Combat and more.

Of course, there were also tons of indie and new studio titles announced for both the PS4 Pro console itself and the PS VR platform.

Click through (desktop) or scroll down (mobile) to see what new games you’ll likely be playing next year.