Cliff Notes from E3 2013

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With the flood of news that came out of last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo we've gathered all the important bits in a tidy little wrap-up to brief you on what's next in the gaming world. From the new consoles to the beautiful independent titles that stole our attention, this will be a quick primer on what you should be keeping an eye on.

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XBOX One vs PS4

The biggest news this year is the announcement of the PlayStation 4 and XBOX One. Microsoft's big play is a controversial one. The company's focus on home entertainment over gaming has rubbed many of the XBOX faithful the wrong way and its $499 price tag hasn't exactly gone over well. Sony on the other hand seems to be carrying the winning card with a strong launch line up, a price tag that under cuts XBOX by a hundred dollars at $399, and less restrictions. Microsoft has established limitations on used games and requires an always-on internet connection to play your titles. PS4 does't enforce either.

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Mobile Gaming

With chipsets like Qualcomm's popular and powerful Snapdragon processors putting console-quality graphics into phones and tablets, the market for mobile gaming has exploded with casual gamers buying up inexpensive yet high quality gaming titles at a rapid pace. And with a growing controller accessory market (even Apple couldn't say no to controller compatibility recently), 4K capability from processors like the upcoming Snapdragon 800, and the ability to play your games on your television, the next big home gaming system might just be the one in your pocket.

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Below

Forget the next Battlefield, the independent studios have come out in full force this year with stunning graphics and unique play mechanics that offer a refreshing alternative to the big budget First Person Shooter. One game in particular that stole our attention was "Below", a new XBOX game from the incredibly talented, pixel-pushing artists who created the popular mobile game Swords & Sorcery.

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Gran Turismo 6 vs. Forza 5

Rival racing titles Gran Turismo 6 and Forza 5 made their E3 debut each promising a multitude of new cars and courses, though Forza may have the one up here as Forza 5 will be arriving on the XBOX One with its shiny new graphics while Gran Turismo 6 sees its release later this year on the PlayStation 3.

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Oculus Rift

The long awaited Oculus Rift was still big news at this year's E3 with the company seeing more support from developers interested in adding Oculus compatibility to their titles. The company also announced today that they've received $16 million dollars in funding which should bode well for those of you hoping for the full, legitimate realization of the VR headset.

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Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts

FPS fans will be quite busy later this year as the latest in the Battlefield and Call of Duty franchises hit the shelves with each promising brand new features such as underwater combat and dog control in Call of Duty Ghosts and a expansive set of new vehicles and interactive/destructible environments in Battlefield 4.

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Notables

Other titles that grabbed our attention at this E3 included the latest in the Metal Gear Saga: Phantom Pain, Mario Kart 8 (you can never go wrong with Mario Kart), Ubisoft's stunning new Assassin's Creed, and the mech-filled Titanfall from EA.