Let’s talk about more E3 goodness. About 3 weeks later I am still recovering from the travel madness that was E3. Don’t get me wrong, the E3 conference was fantastic! The madness came after, but we will get to that later. 🙂
First, let me recap what I loved about E3. I already told you about stalking Snoop Dogg. That was major awesomeness in itself. But, besides that I also go to see some really awesome new games that are hitting the market as we speak.
The big thing seems to be getting your gaming console to interface with handheld devices. Sony previously released this functionality with the PS Vita on which you can start compatible games on your PS3, sync it to your Vita and then continue the game while on the road. As previously mentioned in my Day 1 post, the Wii U by Nintendo was the only new gaming hardware introduced at E3. It is a portable (although bigger than most) portable gaming system that can be used Standalone, or in conjuntion with your Wii. Think DSi on major steroids.
Another one that really got my attention is the announcement of XBox Smartglass. This is major for those that love their XBox. Smartglass is an app that installs on your compatible tablet that interfaces with your XBox to allow you to basically use your tablet as a controller for you XBox. It also allows the tablet to get in the game providing more content. The tablet becomes a second screen providing maps for games, and other useful info. Visit the XBox Smartglass website for more information.
We talked to our friends at Qualcomm who were working to break the Guinness World Record for the longest number of hours gaming on a tablet. They did it, and one lucky person walked away with a $20,000 prize, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 inch, and the title after gaming for over 26 hours.
There was something for everyone… Sonic the Hedgehog, Star Wars, Star Trek, George Washington (don’t remember why he was there LOL!), Snoop Dogg, aliens, super heroes, army guys, combat guys, and booth babes. Whew!
There were also some goodies unveiled from our friends at Sony Playstation which I will talk about in another post.
Besides the conference, I was actually quite happy that I got a chance to see a least a little bit of the Los Angeles area. AMD booked us at the Beautiful Sheraton Universal Hotel. We were right across from City Walk and Universal Studios. It was fun to have time to walk around and see the sites.
Also our hotel was actually pretty far from the LA Convention Center, so our shuttle rides let us see a bit more of the city in very slow moving traffic (reminded me of home). We also got to see some places like famous Beverly Hill hotels.
I had to leave the conference a day early due to having another smaller conference/workshop to attend (more on that in the next post). But, while I was there I loved what I saw. It was not as overwhelming as I thought that it would be. I enjoyed everything. I definitely look forward to attending E3 again.
See below for all photos taken during my stay in LA.
Disclosure: Just a reminder that I attended E3 as a guest of AMD as part of my involvement in the AMD Tech Moms Program. All opinions are my own.