The Electronic Entertainment Expo wrapped up in Los Angeles this week, but not after showcasing the next must-have gaming technology.
With the unveiling of the Nintendo Wii U controller, tablet features surprisingly took center stage at E3, which has been dominated by console and PC gaming in the past. In fact, the Wii U tablet controller was arguably the most popular product on display judging by the large crowds circling Nintendo’s booth and the near-steady four-hour wait for demos.
I was one of the many to brave the line, and while Nintendo reps were silent in regards to the controller specs, they were familiar enough with its layout to suggest Nintendo unveiled the final design, despite the fact the actual Wii U console was not officially shown. We still don’t know the 6.2-inch touchscreen’s resolution, or whether it’s capacitive or resistive, though it’s plastic pick stylus similar to the DS stylus suggests it’s the latter.
For more thoughts and hand-on analysis of the Wii U, check out the Wii U first look on sister site DesktopReview.
The other big news at E3 was undoubtedly the Sony PlaySation Vita. Though previously revealed as the NGP (Next Generation Portable), Sony’s next-generation PSP (PlayStation Portable) received a proper name at E3, and attendees received a chance to test it out.
Just as with the Wii U, the line to demo the Vita were absurdly long, but those that waited in it were treated to a full demo of the various Vita controls, including a novel rear touch panel, as well as a closer look at the five-inch display. In a word, the Vita screen is amazing with its vibrant colors and excellent textures. Check out Brighthand for the full PlayStation Vita report.
Full On Tablet Gaming
I’ll repeat the claim made during my first look: for our money, OnLive for iOS and Android will have the bigger impact on tablet gaming than anything else at E3.
OnLive is a cloud gaming service that seamlessly streams resource-intensive PC games from its remote servers to laptops, desktops, and small OnLive consoles for televisions. Users can play the games via OnLive’s universal controller with minimal to no lag, so long as they stay connected to the service, which supports Wi-Fi. It essentially brings high-end PC gaming to the masses, and soon, it will be bringing high-end pc gaming to Android tablet and the iPad. That’s right, according to OnLive you’ll soon be able to play AAA titles like Duke Nukem Forever and F.E.A.R. 3 on an iPad. For more details, see our OnLive hands-on report.
OnLive for tablets is expected to launch this fall, the Sony PlayStation Vita will be available for the holidays, and Nintendo did not announce a Wii U release date. You can bet the team at TabletPCReview and the rest of the TechnologyGuide family will be monitoring these specific bits of gaming tech for full reviews and analysis, as well as anything else that comes down the gaming pipeline.