E3 reveals 3DS, Kinect, Xbox slim: 2010 in review - June

Oh, and those tax breaks? Forget it, says the government

Headline overload! That's the order of the day with any E3, as it is with this review of the chaotic month of June 2010.


The top story was surely the proper revealing of Nintendo's 3DS, which stunned show attendees with its lush visuals (which, of course, jumped out at you without the need for nerd specs), tilt controls, 3D camera, analogue stick and a better line-up of games than any hardcore Nintendo fan had even dreamed.

Microsoft also had a great show. It revealed the much-rumoured slimmer Xbox 360 250GB, announcing that it would be shipping immediately to the US. That's how we like announcements to be made.

It also named and dated 'Natal', which would forever be called 'Kinect', and would launch in November, although MS wasn't yet ready to admit those $50 estimated price tags were way off.


Sony revealed it would beat MS to the punch with its motion control effort, dating Move for September 17 and releasing a myriad of pricing details for its UK launch.

The much-talked-about paid PSN service also reared its head in the form of PlayStation Plus, which would have gamers pay $49.99 for a year's subscription or $17.99 for three months, for access to games, special deals betas, exclusive demos and more.

Gran Turismo 5 got its final, confirmed, absolutely definite release date of November 2 in US. Ahem, yeah...


And that was the gist of E3. Yet it wasn't the be-all-and-end-all for the month. No, Apple waded in with the "reveal" of iPhone 4, which would have been incredible if the internet hadn't already done it months previously.

Then, defining the slogan 'pissing on your chips', the government scrapped plans to introduce tax breaks for the UK games industry, reasoning that this two-finger gesture at UK devs would save Britain's struggling economy £190 million. Cheers for that.

June was the month for revealing games, not releasing them. But at least it gave your bank balance a chance to recover. If you insisted though, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on PSP and Transformers: War for Cybertron on all formats hit shelves.