E3 2017: PC Gaming Show predictions, rumors, and expectations – App Trigger
The PC Gaming Show enters its third year at E3 2017 with Day9 at the helm and an Intel sponsorship this year. Will it finally be good?
Confession time: I do not like the PC Gaming Show. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with the essence of putting Day9 and a bunch of PC gaming enthusiasts in a room together to talk about what’s coming for the platform. Rather, the PC Gaming Show has been a hodgepodge of examples in bad showmanship since its inception and is undergoing some kind of bizarre trial by fire to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up. They improved upon the length of the show last year, so let’s see if we can’t hype things up a touch for E3 2017.
That’s going to require announcing some things we can actually get excited about, though–a commodity potentially in short supply with Microsoft and Sony hogging all the big names for their press events. Instead, the PC Gaming Show will need to derive its steam (ha) from its strengths: powerful equipment, robust multiplayer experiences, VR, and a library of new, experimental experiences that the console giants aren’t willing to mess with. Stay away from the 20-minute-long PC Master Race schpiel and dish out the games.
The PC Gaming show takes place on June 12th at 1 p.m. ET. Here’s what we expect to see.
What we’re sure we’ll see – VR, VR and also more VR
VR isn’t quite “here” yet; not in the sense that someone’s found an affordable enough solution to make it mainstream, but that doesn’t mean that plenty of developers aren’t keen on showing off what the technology can do. The last several E3s have brought veritable hordes of VR titles to the show floor, most of them forgettable. A few of the big names will hopefully poke their heads into the other conferences, but we’re especially likely to see promotions and software for the Oculus and the HTC Vive during the PC Gaming Show, as they have both had a strong presence there in the past.
While it’s hard to know the specifics of just what will be shown, I have two hopes: the first is for more mainstream franchises to make their way into VR, thereby increasing popular interest in the platform. The second is for more experimentation with genre. Games like Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Wilson’s Heart and Golem (okay, yes, that one’s PSVR and still not out yet) have me curious as to what refined technology can do for the medium. Unfortunately, with this being the PC Gaming Show, lower price points during this presentation are pipe dream level fantasies.