Official E3 Site Possibly Gives Us A Look At What Sony And Microsoft May Be Planning On Showing At E3

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E3 is almost here, and you know what that means- it means loads of new game announcements by all major players in the industry, and a fresh wave of software (and hopefully hardware) to look forward to. E3 has traditionally been the most exciting time of the year – remember last year’s major E3 announcements, which included The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy 7 Remake? – and this year promises to be no different.

The question of course is, exactly what is it that we can look forward to seeing at E3 this year- especially from the major console holders? Nintendo, of course, is sitting out, opting to show The Legend of Zelda, and The Legend of Zelda only. But what about Microsoft and Sony? Rumors of upgraded consoles aside, what exactly are they planning on showing at E3?

Their official lineup as listed on the official E3 website may give us some clues to that. The E3 website usually masks the games it lists, listing them only by genre and platform, probably in an attempt to ensure that no game gets prematurely leaked- but a look at what Sony and Microsoft are apparently planning still reveals some rather interesting details.

First, their submitted lineups:

MICROSOFT:

  • Accessories Xbox
  • Accessories Xbox 360
  • Accessories Xbox Kinect
  • Accessories Xbox Live
  • Accessories Xbox One
  • Action Xbox
  • Action Xbox 360
  • Action Xbox Kinect
  • Action Xbox Live
  • Action Xbox One
  • Adventure Xbox
  • Adventure Xbox 360
  • Adventure Xbox Kinect
  • Adventure Xbox Live
  • Adventure Xbox One
  • Arcade Xbox
  • Arcade Xbox 360
  • Arcade Xbox Kinect
  • Arcade Xbox Live
  • Arcade Xbox One
  • Augmented Reality Sony Playstation 4
  • Fighting / Wrestling Xbox
  • Fighting / Wrestling Xbox 360
  • Fighting / Wrestling Xbox Kinect
  • Fighting / Wrestling Xbox Live
  • Fighting / Wrestling Xbox One
  • Fitness Xbox
  • Fitness Xbox 360
  • Fitness Xbox Kinect
  • Fitness Xbox Live
  • Fitness Xbox One
  • Hardware Xbox
  • Hardware Xbox 360
  • Hardware Xbox Kinect
  • Hardware Xbox Live
  • Hardware Xbox One
  • Music / Dance Xbox
  • Music / Dance Xbox 360
  • Music / Dance Xbox Kinect
  • Music / Dance Xbox Live
  • Music / Dance Xbox One
  • Peripherals Xbox
  • Peripherals Xbox 360
  • Peripherals Xbox Kinect
  • Peripherals Xbox Live
  • Peripherals Xbox One
  • Racing Xbox
  • Racing Xbox 360
  • Racing Xbox Kinect
  • Racing Xbox Live
  • Racing Xbox One
  • Retail Xbox
  • Retail Xbox 360
  • Retail Xbox Kinect
  • Retail Xbox Live
  • Retail Xbox One
  • Role-Playing Sony Playstation
  • Role-Playing Sony Playstation 3
  • Role-Playing Sony Playstation 4
  • Role-Playing Sony Playstation Vita
  • Role-Playing Sony PSP
  • Simulation Xbox
  • Simulation Xbox 360
  • Simulation Xbox Kinect
  • Simulation Xbox Live
  • Simulation Xbox One
  • Sports Xbox
  • Sports Xbox 360
  • Sports Xbox Live
  • Sports Xbox One

SONY

  • Accessories Sony Playstation
  • Accessories Sony Playstation 3
  • Accessories Sony Playstation 4
  • Accessories Sony Playstation Vita
  • Accessories Sony PSP
  • Action Sony Playstation
  • Action Sony Playstation 3
  • Action Sony Playstation 4
  • Action Sony Playstation Vita
  • Action Sony PSP
  • Adventure Sony Playstation
  • Adventure Sony Playstation 3
  • Adventure Sony Playstation 4
  • Adventure Sony Playstation Vita
  • Adventure Sony PSP
  • Arcade Sony Playstation
  • Arcade Sony Playstation 3
  • Arcade Sony Playstation 4
  • Arcade Sony Playstation Vita
  • Arcade Sony PSP
  • Children’s / Family Entertainment Sony Playstation
  • Children’s / Family Entertainment Sony Playstation 3
  • Children’s / Family Entertainment Sony Playstation 4
  • Children’s / Family Entertainment Sony Playstation Vita
  • Children’s / Family Entertainment Sony PSP
  • Fighting / Wrestling Sony Playstation
  • Fighting / Wrestling Sony Playstation 3
  • Fighting / Wrestling Sony Playstation 4
  • Fighting / Wrestling Sony Playstation Vita
  • Fighting / Wrestling Sony PSP
  • Hardware Sony Playstation
  • Hardware Sony Playstation 3
  • Hardware Sony Playstation 4
  • Hardware Sony Playstation Vita
  • Hardware Sony PSP
  • Music / Dance Sony Playstation
  • Music / Dance Sony Playstation 3
  • Music / Dance Sony Playstation 4
  • Music / Dance Sony Playstation Vita
  • Music / Dance Sony PSP
  • Racing Sony Playstation
  • Racing Sony Playstation 3
  • Racing Sony Playstation 4
  • Racing Sony Playstation Vita
  • Racing Sony PSP
  • Role-Playing Sony Playstation
  • Role-Playing Sony Playstation 3
  • Role-Playing Sony Playstation 4
  • Role-Playing Sony Playstation Vita
  • Role-Playing Sony PSP
  • Simulation Sony Playstation
  • Simulation Sony Playstation 3
  • Simulation Sony Playstation 4
  • Simulation Sony Playstation Vita
  • Simulation Sony PSP
  • Sports Sony Playstation
  • Sports Sony Playstation 3
  • Sports Sony Playstation 4
  • Sports Sony Playstation Vita
  • Sports Sony PSP
  • Strategy Sony Playstation
  • Strategy Sony Playstation 3
  • Strategy Sony Playstation 4
  • Strategy Sony Playstation Vita
  • Strategy Sony PSP

Okay, so let’s look at this properly. First, let’s deal with the accessories- for Sony, it is evident that this may be the PlayStation VR, as well as maybe Move controllers. Microsoft are, alternately, probably going to show off the HoloLens, and some more Oculus Rift functionality. It has also been rumored that they will have yet another new controller to unveil at E3, like the Xbox Elite Controller last year.

The interesting question here is, do console revisions count as ‘accessories’? Because if so, then the ‘accessories’ listed above may just be referring to the rumored PS4K and Xbox One Elite/Xbox One Slim.

The actual games list is far harder to parse- it is to be remembered that Microsoft and Sony not only show off their own titles, but also showcase games from their third party partners, AAA and indie, so those games listed above could be just about anything- they could be referring to in house titles, or they could be referring to third party games and indie partnerships. Still, it is at the very least evident that both companies plan to showcase a full, varied range of titles- something that is doubtless appreciated by most people.

E3 2016 begins next month.