E3 2013: Predictions and prognostications

CNET editors offer various and sundry opinions on what to expect at this year's E3 gaming show.

We'd take that bet (Fairly likely)

A mock-up PS4 controller from Sony.
A mockup PS4 controller from Sony. James Martin/CNET

We'd give these predictions a better than 50/50 chance of coming to pass -- but we're not gonna bet the farm on any of them.

Dan Ackerman:

  • Most buzzed-about games are E3 2012 repeats -- Watch Dogs and Beyond: Two Souls.
  • More of the conversation turns away from boxed retail discs and toward downloadable and streaming games.
  • Jeff Bakalar:

  • Kiefer Sutherland shows up to Sony's presser for a Metal Gear Solid V demo and exclusive content announcement.
  • No definitive dates for either the PS4 or Xbox One, but we do get a price for them.
  • Roger Cheng:

  • Halo creator Bungie finally shows off some meaty footage of its heavily hyped follow-up game, Destiny.
  • Microsoft shows off a Halo game (although more likely a spin-off, and not part of the core franchise).
  • Eric Franklin:

  • Halo 5 will be Microsoft's "one more thing" at its press conference.
  • Uncharted 4 will be demoed at Sony's press conference.
  • Scott Stein:

  • Mobile games (particularly iPad games) finally get treated as a serious platform; "hard-core" games on iOS and Android increase, more franchises appear.
  • At the end of the show, Nintendo is remembered as one of the companies with the strongest software showings at E3.
  • About the author

    John P. Falcone is the executive editor of CNET Reviews, where he coordinates a group of more than 20 editors and writers based in New York and San Francisco as they cover the latest and greatest products in consumer technology. He's been a CNET editor since 2003.


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