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Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

It was the mic-drop of Microsoft demos, Minecraft coming to life in augmented reality on the HoloLens headset, and it unsurprisingly stole the E3 keynote. Given Microsoft's previous hints about just what it had in mind for HoloLens, which overlays digital graphics on top of the real world, the idea of a special version of the brick-building game shouldn't have come as a surprise. Nonetheless, the sight of a table suddenly overcome with virtual blocks proved more than enough for us to temporarily forget HoloLens' big issues.

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All the PS4 trailers you missed from E3 2015

All the PS4 trailers you missed from E3 2015

Now that we're decompressing from all the big announcements and surprises that made up the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 keynotes at E3 (and still bracing ourselves for Nintendo's), we can take a little time to check out some of the trailers we might've missed in all the excitement. We've already recapped everything from Microsoft's Xbox One presentation, so let's review Sony's now. They showed an impressive line-up of games this year, including a handful that didn't start with "Final Fantasy" and end with "VII."

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PS4 lands Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta first

PS4 lands Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta first

While Sony's PlayStation keynote at E3 this year was full of out-of-the-blue surprises, including Final Fantasy VII and The Last Guardian, there were also some big announcements about the latest yearly installment of one of gaming's biggest franchises: Call of Duty. While the latest title, Black Ops 3, was first revealed back in April, the big PlayStation-related news is that the PS4 will be getting the multiplayer beta first this August, available to those who pre-order the full game.

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New Xbox One dashboard puts Cortana on call

New Xbox One dashboard puts Cortana on call

All your base is belong to Cortana! Whether it be your smartphone, your tablet, or your PC, Microsoft's personal assistant is there to serve your every voiced need. And now, she's on the Xbox One too! Microsoft has just demoed the latest dashboard experience and it showed off the new and improved interface. While things are arguably better for hunting down friends and remembering what game you last played, one of the most interesting new features is probably one that you hardly expected: Cortana.

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Destiny: The Taken King trailer debuts at E3, new subclasses for all

Destiny: The Taken King trailer debuts at E3, new subclasses for all

A week after we were tipped off by a leak, it's now official: the next expansion for Destiny is called The Taken King, and will be released on September 15th. This will be a much larger addition to the game than the two previous expansions, The Dark Below and House of Wolves, offered, complete with a new raid activity and boss to drive the storyline, as well as a new subclass ability for each of Destiny's three classes.

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Xbox Game Preview is like Steam Early Access with free demos

Xbox Game Preview is like Steam Early Access with free demos

Today's gamers are more conscientious of purchases, being wary of games that over promise and under deliver. At the same time, however, they are also more willing to put their money where their mouths are, willing to help fund games still in development in exchange for some exclusive early access to the game and experience its evolution. Balancing those two needs is a delicate dance and Microsoft might have just mastered the steps. With Xbox Game Preview, gamers won't have just access to alpha or beta versions of games, they can also have a free peek at it first.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda coming holiday of 2016

Mass Effect: Andromeda coming holiday of 2016

It's still a few months away, which means there still could be substantial delays, but BioWare is obviously excited to join the hype machine that is E3 2015. It has just announced that the next Mass Effect title will not just be taking place in a different location of the universe, it is going to also be offering a slightly different experience. Mass Effect: Andromeda, if everything goes to schedule, which does, will be landing in stores, both virtual or otherwise, by 2016's holiday season.

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Shenmue 3 announced at E3 2015 as a Kickstarter project

Shenmue 3 announced at E3 2015 as a Kickstarter project

If there's one theme to Sony's pre-E3 2015 conference, it might be making dreams come true. No, it's that Dreams game from Media Molecule. Among other things, Sony has revealed The Last Guardian, which will finally launch in 2016, hopefully. It has also finally given in to fans and will make, or rather remake, Final Fantasy VII as a first-class PS4 port. And now, it's going to make Shenmue 3 a reality. Well, sort of. What Sony and game creator Yu Suzuki actually announced is the launch of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign.

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The Last Guardian at long last coming to the PS4

The Last Guardian at long last coming to the PS4

A Final Fantasy VII remake isn't the only long-standing wish that Sony is finally fulfilling, or at least promising to, at E3 2015. Almost a decade in the making, Fumito Ueda's third emotional adventure game is finally getting its long overdue launch. Yes, The Last Guardian is finally going to be a real game. Though given it was first announced back in 2009, we reserve the right to be a bit cautious. Still, finally making this game real has sung to the hearts of many, given the flood of positive remark on the Internet after the reveal.

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