Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony Strut Their Stuff

"When we look back at 2010," said Kaz Hirai, president of Sony's (NYSE: SNE  ) Computer Entertainment division, "it will most likely be remembered as the year PlayStation brought authentic 3-D to the industry, creating new experiences for gamers."

At the recent E3 gaming conference, Hirai declared that 3-D, coupled with Sony's new Move motion controller, would be create a unmatched combination on consoles. "It's the closest thing you will experience to being physically in the game," he said.

According to a recent Financial Times report on the conference, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) and Nintendo (OTC BB: NTDOY.PK) also showed off new features -- some 3-D-based, some not. Here's the buzz:

  • Microsoft debuted a motion-sensing camera-based controlled dubbed "Kinect," and also launched a slimmer version of its Xbox 360, but did not announce any support for 3-D. The Kinect will roll out to the U.S. beginning Nov. 4.
  • Nintendo's portable "3DS," aiming to be ready for the holiday season, includes a small screen that displays 3-D graphics without special glasses. It will also show 3-D movies and take 3-D photos.
  • Sony showed off its "Bravia" TV 3-D models and glasses, which will enable 3-D through the PlayStation 3. Sony also announced the aforementioned Move motion controller, set to go on sale in September in the U.S.

Which will prove most popular among the gaming crowd? Also, how important is price point to gamers? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.

Claire Stephanic does not own any of the companies mentioned. Nintendo is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. Microsoft is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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