The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the videogame industry's marquee event where publishers and developers show off what they will be releasing over the next year. It is where new hardware, new games, and surprise announcements are usually revealed to the masses.
When Is E3 2012?
E3 2012 will take place from June 5th to June 7th.
- Microsoft Conference - Monday June 4th, 2012, 10:00 A.M. PDT
- Sony Conference - Monday June 4th, 2012, 6:00 P.M. PDT
- Nintendo Conference - Tuesday June 5th, 2012, 9:00 A.M. PDT
How To Watch
You'll be able to watch extensive E3 coverage on TV on G4. You have a lot more options to watch online, such as GameTrailers, GameSpot, IGN, and more. Also check out streaming video sites such as JustinTV where there will likely be people streaming the TV networks as well. The Microsoft Press Briefing will also be on SpikeTV and you will also be able to watch it right on your Xbox 360!
What To Expect
Microsoft and Sony have both claimed they will not show new next-gen console hardware at E3 2012, but we wouldn't be shocked if one (likely Microsoft) or both had something to show. Nintendo will obviously focus on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the upcoming WiiU system launching this Fall.
It is also expected that Microsoft will announce a price drop for the current Xbox 360 slim consoles.
There have been rumors of an "Xbox Lite", which will be an Xbox 360 system without a disc drive meant for download-only things like XBLA as well as watching videos though the many video apps available on the system that will be sold for as low as $99 - if it exists at all, it will most likely be shown at E3 2012. This is definitely just a rumor, though.