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by: Mandy J Watson   ·    14 June 2017

7 highlights from E3 2017

Mandy J Watson reveals seven gaming and console highlights from this year’s entertainment convention.

E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is currently taking place in Los Angeles. It's the most important gaming event of the year and it’s used by console manufacturers and games developers to reveal new hardware and software and tease about future gaming titles. Here are some of the most important announcements from this year's event.

The Xbox One X

Microsoft announced an enhanced version of the Xbox One – the Xbox One X  – which will be available from 7 November. It will cost US$499 for the unit with one terabyte of storage (it’s too soon for local pricing) and will support 4K resolution for ultra detailed graphics. The console will be compatible with all Xbox One games and accessories so you won’t have to worry about your stuff not working.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

One of the highlights of the highlights was a nine-minute gameplay trailer of Marvel's Spider-Man, which is being developed by Insomniac Games and will arrive on PlayStation consoles in 2018. The game is set a few years after Peter Parker has already acquired his powers so he’s a master at slinging webs and beating bad guys with his acrobatic fighting style.

Monster Hunter: World

Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World, a role-playing game featuring ferocious beast battles, was announced and will be out next year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and, later, Windows. It will feature both a single-player experience and the ability for a player to team up with as many as three other players online for a co-operative game. You will even be able to start a single player game and then call for help if the monster you’re battling is too powerful.

Call of Duty: WWII

The first trailer to demonstrate the multiplayer experience of the next Call of Duty first-person shooter game – Call of Duty: WWII – was showcased. A new mode called ‘War Mode’ was also announced, in which players will fight co-operatively in assault and defend missions in historic World War II locations. The game will be out in November for PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Minecraft

Minecraft is getting a free, and optional, 4K update, which may seem silly for a game made of blocks but it means smoother animations and better quality in the details. More important is that cross-platform online support is now being rolled out so you will be able to play with your friends whether they’re on Android, iOS, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, or Windows 10 versions of the game.

Moss

Polyarc has announced Moss, an action-adventure PlayStation VR game. The game tells the story of Quill, a mouse from a forest settlement who gets swept up in a larger adventure. The player will guide her, as well as manipulate the environment directly. The game is expected to be out towards the end of the year, although it’s not confirmed.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

The latest game in the Uncharted action-adventure series by Naughty Dog, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, will be out in August for the PlayStation 4 but there was still something to tease fans with at E3. A new story trailer was showcased, which features protagonists Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross looking for an ancient Indian artifact, the golden Tusk of Ganesh.