Today’s E3 show has me excited for next gen

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Wow, what a day. Both Microsoft and Sony showed off some amazing games today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), including the Xbox One exclusive Project Spark, which is one of the many titles that I can’t wait to play. (Here’s my coverage.)

First, this is what you need to know about the two upcoming home consoles: the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

While the Xbox One will cost a whopping $500 and restrict how you play and share your games (with required periodic Internet check-ins and possible used game fees), the PlayStation 4 will sell for $100 less. That’s $400. And Sony won’t impose confusing policies. There are no fees or limitations. (We also finally know what it looks like.)

Thank you, Sony. I love you right now — even if you are charging for online multiplayer. And good job supporting indie developers the right way. Hear that, Microsoft?

Click here to catch up with all of GamesBeat’s coverage of the event today — especially if you want to see all of the new game footage and reveals. There were some very good ones. Final Fantasy Versus XIII is now Final Fantasy XV, Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive looks like a blast to play, Bungie’s Destiny seems all-around amazing, Kingdom Hearts 3 and Mirror’s Edge 2 are actually happening, The Crew is an incredibly open-world and boundary-less driving game, and so much more. Including THE PHANTOM PAIN, oh my god.

What are you most excited about?

Goodnight, everyone. And cheers to the future.

The pixel drop — a roundup of cool game news: Fable Anniversary, Animal Crossing, and Tetris

Fable Anniversary

Lionhead Studios is remastering the first Fable game. Fable Anniversary will release for Xbox 360 this holiday season and undergo a complete graphical overhaul. It will feature Achievements, refined controls, chicken-punting leaderboards, Microsoft SmartGlass integration, The Lost Chapters expansion pack, and more. I’m really excited as I’ve never played the series. This gives me the perfect excuse to.

A Russian hacker named Barabus pirated The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile and made it into an unofficial PC port without the developer’s permission. Surprisingly, game designer James Silva is halfway OK with it. But he disagrees with the hacker’s moral defense.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS has received crazy good reviews. It releases June 9. Here’s GamesBeat’s take on it.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Did I mention I’m a huge Naughty Dog fan? I got to briefly speak with The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann this week, and I cannot wait for this game to come out on June 14. The critical response so far has also been amazing.

Scurvy ScallywagsThe tower-defense sequel Kingdom Rush: Frontiers is out now on iOS. It’s awesome. You should play it and Scurvy Scallywags.

Boss Fight Books is a planned series of books on classic video games that’s already surpassed its target funding goal on Kickstarter (via Kill Screen). Sounds awesome.

There’s a #Zeldathon going on.

And Double Fine’s newest Kickstarter, Massive Chalice — a tactical-strategy PC game — is already a success. “What a surprise!” said no one, ever.

Yesterday marked the 29th anniversary of Tetris.

Keifer Sutherland, aka Jack Bauer, is voicing Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR E3.