That's a wrap, folks--the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo is in the books.
The show produced a decent amount of hardware- and accessory-centric news--though you could be forgiven for thinking it was a rehash of the previous year's show, when nearly everything was first shown off (albeit under different code names).
Just before the show started, CNET editors Dan Ackerman, Jeff Bakalar, and Scott Stein took a stab at predicting the key announcements. How'd they do? Let's take a look:
"Sure bet, take it to the bank!" This category was aptly named--the boys nearly had a sweep here.
Microsoft's Project Natal named/priced/bundled: We got the new name (
), the release date (Novmeber 4), and plenty of demos and details. But still no confirmation on the price (though it's looking more and more like $149). Score this one a half point. PlayStation Move price, date, launch titles announced: Sony delivered full pricing, bundling, and launch date details
, along with a full slate of launch titles
. Full point. Rock Band 3 focuses on its new "keyboard" instrument: Behold the keytar
. Full point. Additional premium video partners for Xbox Live/PSN: Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get full access to ESPN3's online content
--if they're using a supported ISP
. However, Sony's PlayStation Plus
paid subscription service lacked the same sort of "killer app" video content--so I'm scoring this as a half point. PS3 3D firmware confirmed/dated, with Killzone 3D demo: A pre-E3 firmware update and some newly 3D-ified games
meant that the PS3 was firmly in the third dimension by the time E3 started. Sony sealed the deal with an impressive 3D Killzone 3
demo. Full point. New "3D" version of the Nintendo DS: Nintendo's glasses-free 3DS
was, indeed, one of the show's big highlights
. Full point.
Score: 5/6… Read more