The biggest gaming convention of the year has come and gone, and if we've learned anything at all from all of the announcements it's that VR is on every company's mind right now. You couldn't walk far in the massive halls of E3 without seeing another VR demonstration happening, and every major press event included some form of VR news. People are excited, companies are excited, and products are being created. Welcome to the big leagues, VR!
Looking for a quick recap of what happened at E3 this week? We've got you covered.
So. Many. Games.
It started with a sneek peak of Star Trek in VR, and only got better from there. VR games for Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR took center stage everywhere you looked. Whether you're interested in AAA titles like Fallout 4 and Minecraft Realms or you're looking for some fun indie games to jump into, or even if you're hungry for something brand new from a bigger company, VR was where to look this year.
Microsoft teases VR support with Project Scorpio
The Xbox One S announcement was probably supposed to be the star of the show for Microsoft. But when you end your announcement with a teaser for a more powerful Xbox One that will somehow support VR in the future, it's hard to care about 40% slimmer for basically the same amount of money. We don't know much about Project Scorpio or what the VR support is actually going to look like, but it's all going to come together early next year so here's hoping Microsoft is preparing something amazing.
PlayStation VR gets official
We now have an official launch date for PlayStation VR, as well as a look at some of the accessories headed to the console add-on at launch. Not only is there going to be a healthy selection of launch titles, but the new PSVR Aim controller is going to offer up some physically realistic rifle action to go along with the games themselves. To help boost hype even further, Sony has opened up a healthy list of stores around the US where you'll be able to go and try the PlayStation VR out between now and October.
Alienware showed off some greatness
There are already Alienware PCs that support VR, but that's not stopping Dell from pulling out the stops and having some fun. The Aurora desktop line is being resurrected to offer some additional VR capabilities, and on top of that Alienware is working on backpack-style VR kits for those who want to enjoy another reality without cables under foot. It's clear Dell knows VR PC sales are on the way up, and these plans address that head on.
More HMDs were announced
There's no "one" VR headset out there, and that means new companies are offering their hat in the ring every chance they get. During E3, we saw the launch of the cinema-focused Immerex VRG-9020 headset, as well as the gaming-focused OSVR headset. Immerex is all about looking and feeling like a light HDM you can enjoy wherever, while OSVR wants to offer totally open source gaming for everyone with their $400 headset.
Mixed Reality continues to be amazing
HTC dominated Facebook this week with live streams of Mixed Reality Vive demos. Some of these streams were celebrities, some were incredible demonstrations of how much fun Space Pirate Trainer is, but all of these streams showed just how cool Mixed Reality can be. Oculus was also offering Mixed Reality demos with some of their Oculus Touch demonstrations during E3, and it's becoming clear that this is one of the best ways to show people who aren't in the headset what this experience looks and feels like.
What was your favorite E3 moment this year? Sound off in the comments!