E3 2014

The video game industry is hoping to dazzle consumers at this years E3 expo.

It was all play for Microsoft at the E 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.  Phil Spencer, the head of the Xbox division gave a presentation on what’s next for the gaming console.  By the end of the year, gamers can expect a new titles including, “Halo 5: Guardians,” “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” and “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.”

Microsoft also highlighted a publishing platform for independent game-makers.  The motion sensing controller, the Kinect, hardly got a mention. Microsoft has just begun selling its new Xbox without the Kinect included.  That has brought the price of the console down in line with Sony’s Playstation 4.

Speaking if which, Sony talked up new games for its new console, the Playstation 4. Headlines include new titles in the best-selling series  “Uncharted”, “Assassin’s Creed” and “Mass Effect”.

And for its part, Nintendo showed off new titles for its 3DS and WII U consoles in a video presentation.  The Japanese gaming giant unveiled a toy figurine called “Amiibo” that will work in tandem with its video games like the toy-meet-game franchises Activision Blizzard and Disney.

The virtual histories of the characters will be stored on the plastic figures and transmitted through the controller for the WII U console that features a touchscreen and near-filled communication capabilities.’

Nintendo could use a boost –sales of its WII U have lagged behind the Playstation 4 and Xbox One systems.

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