Digital Crave

Hands-on with PlayStation 4, games and gadgets

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The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo – or “E3” – recently wrapped up in Los Angeles, where yours truly and about 50,000 other industry attendees crammed into the L.A. Convention Center to get some hands-on time with the future of video games.

This year’s show in particular focused heavily on the “console wars” between Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, both due out later this year for $399 and $499, respectively. The first- and third-party games line-up was solid for both, not to mention the Nintendo Wii U had some entertaining digital diversions based on their beloved video game characters.

Below, you’ll find a 3-minute video of me talking about games from the 2013 E3 Expo – including the just-released The Last of Us for PlayStation 3. Naughty Dog’s third-person adventure is one of the highest rated video games at Metacritic.com, earning an average review score of 96 percent culled from more than 70 journalists. If you haven’t yet laid your hands on this “Mature”-rated game, you play as Joel, a middle-aged man, who takes care of a 14 year-old girl, Ellie, in a post-pandemic world. The dialogue, gameplay and high-production values all make this game a must-have disc. The Last of Us includes a lengthy single-player campaign and a few multiplayer modes.

Speaking of Sony, I also show what the PlayStation 4 hardware and controller looks like in this video – including a “Share” button to send video clips and photos to friends on Facebook and Twitter.

The last game I show is Skylanders: Swap Force, based on Activision’s billion dollar franchise that combines action figures with video games. Swap Force is the third major game in as many years, and will let kids swap the tops and bottoms of 16 new characters to create 256 unique in-game combinations. Skylanders: Swap Force will be out this October for all major video game platforms, followed by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One a month or so later.

While gadgets play a very small role at E3 – it’s really about games and gaming hardware – since summer starts on June 21, I wanted to highlight a few cool gadgets designed for on-the-go types.

The first is the thin Dell XPS 12 ultrabook convertible, a fusion between a Windows 8 laptop with QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen tablet built for your fingertips. These sub 3-pound, Intel-powered computers boot up right away, last all day on a single charge and can flip between the two modes on the fly.

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Finally, as written about previously here at Yahoo! Digital Crave, is one of the most underrated devices around. The Seagate Wireless Plus is a 1-terabyte portable hard drive that can make its own wireless network for up to eight nearby devices to join. Then, everyone can access what they want from the drive at the same time, be it TV shows, movies, photos, music or documents. The successor to last year’s model offers better battery life (now up to 10 hours), lets you browse the web while streaming from the drive, and also lets you save content back to the hard drive, wirelessly (perhaps if you’re running out of space on your smartphone or tablet).

On a related note, be sure to read our tablet buyer's guide, just in time for the summer season.

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