One of the most exciting things to look forward to from the E3 event is hearing about the next-gen gaming platforms which are in development or slated for upcoming release. This year, however, has been very quiet on the new tech front.
This comes as no huge surprise from Nintendo, as the Switch was released only last year and is still basking in popularity – with new titles expected to be announced during Nintendo’s E3 presentation. The most anticipated of these being that Fortnite – the hugely popular co-op survival game that has until now been available for PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4 and iOS – is finally available now for Switch as well.
Sony was pretty hush-hush in terms of new gaming systems. It seems that Sony supposedly won’t have anything to offer in the way of consoles until 2021, at which point the reality of gaming consoles may not look as it does now.
Microsoft went so far as to announce the new line of consoles that they have in development – nicknamed “Scarlett” – and the expected release date of 2020. This line of products has been described as a “family of devices”, although what that exactly entails is up for debate. Given that Microsoft strongly backs the cloud gaming initiative, it’s a safe bet to assume that if Scarlett is a set of separate devices or peripherals that it may be heavily cloud-based.