The annual E3 Hype Train has left the station and is barreling along towards its inevitable conclusion at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 16-18th. The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the largest tradeshow in video games and is typically the outlet for the most exciting new gaming announcements. E3 is generally a good indicator of what the next couple years in gaming will look like, with most major publishers revealing their upcoming big titles and plans.E3 2015 is poised to be a very game-centric affair, as most of the new gaming hardware is now firmly established and now require significant software support. However, virtual reality is also poised to have a big showing, as hardware like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus are arriving on store shelves in the next few years, potentially launching a revolution in how we play games.
With the increasing popularity of many disparate niches in the gaming community (indies, VR, mobile, to name a few) there are many observers who want different things out of E3. These are the 10 announcements that we hope E3 2015 has in store for us.
10. Clearer Messaging Surrounding The Oculus Rift
Virtual Reality continues to be the gaming industry’s biggest buzzword and there is no doubt that the technology will have a strong presence at this year’s E3. The team behind the Oculus Rift, the most popular VR headset right now, has already confirmed that the Rift is coming in early 2016 and what kind of PC specs will be needed to run the device, but more information needs to be provided at E3. The main problem with the Oculus Rift — and VR in general — is that the majority of the consumer market still don’t care about it or are unaware of what it can even do. It would be great to see the Oculus team address this issue and outline their marketing plan leading up the device’s release. If they can get Rift demos in every major retail chain across North America, it would give consumers a much better idea of why they should care about VR.