Video game console makers are finally thinking outside the box. At this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo, each of the “big three” console makers have introduced features that move their content off the television.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation and Nintendo’s Wii U are each trying to make their consoles more flexible entertainment hubs. All three have introduced new features at the industry’s biggest trade show that extend their content to smaller, more mobile screens. On Tuesday, Nintendo gave new details about the tablet controller for its Wii U, which can act as a portable screen within the home.
“It changes the way you enjoy your TV,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo’s president for North America, in a presentation Tuesday at the Los Angeles expo.
Sony and Microsoft showed off their own extended features at the show on Monday. Sony announced that its handheld, the Vita, will be able to continue games started on the PlayStation 3. Microsoft announced Monday that some of its Xbox Live services will soon be available on the mobile devices that many consumers already own.