As Microsoft shows off its new Xbox One X at this year's E3, Sony's presentation focused primarily on its lineup of games. That's because its own powered-up console, the PlayStation 4 Pro, already debuted last fall to good reviews (with one big caveat). While many players will base their purchases this holiday season on each system's titles and online services, there's still a lot to be learned in comparing the two system's specs -- especially if you want something to play on a 4K TV. Check out our chart below, and stay tuned for when we put the new Xbox through its paces closer to launch.
Every year at CES we build a stage, invite fascinating people to come chat with us, and take a closer look at what really matters at the show. It's a blast! In fact, we have such a good time that we decided to do it again, only this time at E3 -- the epicenter of the gaming universe for the next few days. Join us as we discuss the news of the day and issues facing the industry, accompanies by a mix of masterminds and developers. Oh, and don't worry: We'll have plenty of time to play some new games, too. You'll find our full stage schedule below -- be sure to stay tuned.
Nintendo doesn't just want you to download add-on content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild... it wants you to snap up more figurines, too. The gaming giant has unveiled four Amiibo designed with the DLC (most notably The Champion's Ballad) in mind. Each represents a champion from one of Hyrule's races: Mipha (from the zora), Daruk (goron), Revali (rito) and Urbosa (gerudo). Nintendo hasn't said when they'll arrive or what they'll unlock, but it's safe to say they'll be available in time to use with the DLC packs arriving this year.
Rocket League is coming to the Nintendo Switch. That alone is big news, but bigger yet? When it's released this holiday, you'll be able to play against folks on Steam and Xbox One. That's right: when developer Psyonix said that they had cross-platform multiplayer figured out, the studio wasn't bluffing. If it sounds familiar, that's because Microsoft announced that Minecraft would offer cross-play between Nintendo's portable/home console hybrid earlier this week. The port will have Mario and Luigi hats and a few battle cars exclusive to the platform as well.
When Nintendo announced Super Mario Odyssey alongside the Nintendo Switch reveal, it felt like a breath of fresh air. Sure, the Wii U had New Super Mario Bros U, Mario Maker and the excellent platforming of Super Mario 3D world -- but the open-world exploration mechanics of Sunshine, Galaxy and Super Mario 64 skipped Nintendo's last console. When Nintendo teased Odyssey as a refreshing return to form, it didn't give us a lot to go on. We knew Mario would explore a earth-like metropolis named New Donk City. We knew he could dance. We knew he had a magic hat. Now, we know when we'll be able to play it all: Today at E3, Nintendo announced that Super Mario Odyssey would launch on October 27th.
For months, Pokémon fans have been speculating about a possible 'Sun and Moon' port for the Nintendo Switch. A version called 'Stars' has been rumored since last November, promising new creatures and high-resolution graphics. Is it happening? Maybe. During Nintendo's E3 spotlight, Tsunekazu Ishihara from The Pokemon Company confirmed that developer Game Freak is working on a new, "core" Pokemon RPG for the Switch. "It may not release for more than a year, but we hope you'll look forward to it all the same," he added.