It's time. E3 2014 takes place of the week beginning June 9, and Microsoft and Sony are readying their LA showboats. What do PS4 and Xbox One need to succeed?
E3 2014's main press conferences take place on Monday, June 9, in which Sony and Microsoft will lay out the Christmas slates for PS4 and Xbox One and show us the direction of both machines for 2015.
Last year's events were spectacular, with Sony directly rounding on Microsoft on the subject of used games and always-on internet connections before delivering a huge right hook with a lower retail price for PS4. It was a brutal day.
But now is now. Microsoft has finally done with its inevitable, humiliating climbdowns on Xbox One policy, having just confirmed it's to drop Kinect as a requirement for Xbox One (the Kinect-free console goes to retail on the day of the Microsoft press conference, so you can expect plenty of focus on it in the show), and we're looking forward to a straight up fight between two games machines, at equal price, without any always-on DRM or forced camera purchases: E3 2014 really will be all about the games.
At least you'd hope it would be. Microsoft has a tendency to waffle on about televisions, and Sony's message can get easily diluted by its need to cover content across many platforms. Everyone wants the PS4 bombs, right? Too much Vita and there's not enough PS4. Too much PS4 and there's not enough Vita. How to balance it?
Tell us. Tell Sony and Microsoft. What do you want to see next month? Just games, or are you keen to see what Xbox One is going to be doing in the TV space in 2015? Do you want Uncharted 4 and Gears of War, or, assuming they're out next year, would you rather the focus is on this Christmas? Do you want price cuts, or is it too soon? What's going to get you excited and what's going to turn you off?
Do you even care? Do you want celebrities on stage? Should Kevin Butler fight back? Should American football players flail around in front of a Kinect?
Let us know below.