If you love video games, there are few trade shows and events quite as massive and quite as intense as the Electronic Entertainment Expo. We made our way down to Los Angeles to check out E3, getting a first-hand look at the new home consoles hitting shelves this holiday season, as well as a portable gamer that ties into your PC and a system that effectively lets you really get into the game via virtual reality.

Sony (0:35) – If you asked the people as they excited the Sony press conference earlier this month about who is going to win the console wars this generation, the answer was clear: the PS4. The PlayStation 4 is going to be a powerhouse of a console, backed by all the franchises that Sony fanboys and fangirls have come to expect, like Final Fantasy and Killzone. With Bungie leaving the Halo team, they’ve also made the jump over the PS4 for Destiny.

Microsoft (1:23) – The Microsoft press conference at E3 was met with a lot of criticism. Here was a console that forced you to “check in” every 24 hours online to validate everything and then they tacked on all sorts of DRM restrictions on rentals, used games and lending out your discs. Microsoft has since reversed those decisions, but they may have already left a sour taste in the mouths of gamers. On the bright side, Killer Instinct will be available as a free game at launch and it’ll be complete… except you only get to choose one character. You have to pay for a “season pass” or you can pay for the extra characters individually.

Nintendo (2:39) – While the attention paid to Microsoft and Sony may have overshadowed some of Nintendo’s efforts at the show, the Wii U and the 3DS were anything but absent. I got to play the upcoming Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, for example, that comes with some cool anti-gravity effects where you literally drive along walls and on ceilings. I’m personally looking forward to Super Smash Bros for the 3DS and the Wii U.

NVIDIA (3:40) – The SHIELD was revealed to the world at CES in January, but it’s actually going to hit retail shelves in less than a week. With a Tegra 4 chip under the hood, a solid controller and a gorgeous flip-out 5-inch display, the SHIELD is positioned to be an awesome Android gamer, but it also lets you stream PC games too, opening up a whole world of wireless possibilities. It ships June 27 for a new lower price for $299.

Virtuix (6:22) – They may not be a household name, but Virtuix is certainly making a big splash in the gaming industry with their Omni virtual reality solution. It’s designed to work with any keyboard and mouse PC game and you really get immersed in the virtual world by way of motion goggles, motion tracking, and a unique omnidirectional treadmill. If you want to walk around in that FPS, you literally walk around. It was pretty amazing technology and, let me tell you, it can get pretty tiring!

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