I’ll admit it. For me, this year’s E3 left me with a weird taste in my mouth. There was something about the console reveals and the fanboys all coming out in force over their particular side’s newest offerings that just made my brain shut off.
Before we go any further, I suppose I should explain my background as a gamer. I have been in a little bit of everything since I received my first console, a Nintendo Entertainment System. I’ve stuck with Nintendo throughout their long and strange ride. Mario/Duck Hunt was my first game ever, and I wore it out. From there, my journey as a gamer began. Zelda II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and about every Megaman game that was ever made. When the SNES came out, it was like my world couldn’t get any better. Super Mario World and Megaman X were near weekly alternated as rentals from my local Blockbuster.
Since those early days, I’ve owned Gameboys and all their variances, including only a short duration with the DS so that I could play Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. But aside from my Nintendo bloodline, I travelled into Sega territory with a Genesis and a Game Gear. I had an original PlayStation for some time. But when the big modern era of console wars hit, I’ve been on the Microsoft / Nintendo side of things. Let this be my acknowledgement openly that I am aware that I missed out on some pretty amazing games by never dabbling in the PlayStation’s wares.
But don’t let my background fool you on where my loyalties lie when we pop back into the present day. I’ll give you the quick answer: I am wholly undecided, though I'm swaying for the first time in over a decade towards a Sony-branded console. However, you’ll soon see that this article is less about which side I am on, but instead the innovations that I am looking forward to.
Discover what I found so interesting about the future of console gaming after the jump.