E3 Expo, the largest gaming conference in the U.S. is upon us. Out ‘N Front will be reporting live from the event but prior to that coverage, I wanted to provide a quick snapshot of some of of the anticipated announcements we’ll see in Los Angeles this week. As a caveat, I am by no means a gaming expert this coverage will be through the eyes of mobile and emerging technology.
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Some things I’ll be paying particular attention to:
- The Big Three: Nintendo “Project Cafe”, Xbox Kinect, Playstation NGP
- Advancements in cloud gaming
- Announcements surrounding tablet gaming
- Motion gaming’s evolution
- How will game developers address franchising coming to their conclusions?
- Will developers embrace Xperia Play or are they already stretched thin?
- Mobile gaming, mobile gaming, and more mobile gaming!
Nintendo has been demoing their new 3DS all month at JFK’s JetBlue terminal 5. This is my first experience with it.
Wedbush Securities games industry analyst Michael Pachter’s magic crystal ball predicts another month of Xbox 360 dominance in the NPD charts. His latest report to IndustryGamers says to expect sales of Microsoft’s console to be more than double that of its biggest competitor, the PS3, for December. Prognosticating that the Xbox 360 sold 2.5 million units last month, he’s betting on a 91 percent boost in sales over November for Microsoft. As for the PS3, Pachter figures it sold 1.2 million units in December, a 12 percent dip compared to its performance in November.
As for actual real numbers, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata revealed in an interview with Nikkei (via Andriasang) that the Wii sold over two million units in December. The DS reportedly performed on par with the same period in 2009, which would be somewhere around three million units.