Companion apps, open worlds: 5 trends from E3
A gamer plays the video game Battlefield 4 at the EA booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From companion apps with the power to affect gameplay to racing games where players persistently speed across virtual roads, there's several innovations on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week that show off what designers are interested in when it comes to the next-generation of gaming with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One:
Frank Cire, center, plays the "Need for Speed" racing video game at the EA booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
DYNAMIC DUOS: One screen hasn't been enough for a while now, but game developers are taking second-screen experiences to the next level with companion game apps for mobile devices that affect what's happening on a TV. "Battlefield 4" turns tablets into command stations," while "Tom Clancy's The Division" employs them as drone controls. "Project Spark" invites gamers to craft virtual worlds with the swipe of a finger, and then play through them on the Xbox One.
Show attendee watch a presentation on the video game "Project Spark" at the Microsoft booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
TRACK RECORD: With next-gen consoles, sharing gaming clips will be as easy as hitting a button, especially in the case of the PS4. The controller for Sony's next-gen console features a "share" button, while Microsoft has partnered with the popular streaming service Twitch to allow users to quickly upload clips from the Xbox One. Nintendo is getting into the sharing act, too. "Mario Kart 8" players can upload racing clips to the online service for the Wii U.