With E3 set to launch in Los Angeles in just a few short days, fans and developers alike have begun speculating about what each of the big-three games companies are going to bring to this year's conference.
Of the three companies -- Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony -- Microsoft have thus far been the quietest.
The company's E3 press conference is currently set for Monday 6 June at 9.00am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). As yet there has been little confirmation about what the company will be bringing to the table. As it stands most critics aren't expecting much past a few newly developed titles for its Xbox 360 console and Windows Phone Mango operating system.
Despite this many critics have already speculated about which big name games they expect to see. Thus far the big-name titles commonly expected to make an appearance are:
Gears of War 3 -- the latest entry into the now iconic third-person shooter franchise.
Forza Motorsport 4 -- a racing game rumoured to have Kinect control support.
Codename Kingdoms -- a new title from Crysis 2's Crytek developer, exclusive to the Xbox 360.
A New Halo -- since the launch of Halo: Reach fans have speculated about a new entry into the franchise. The game's developer is yet to comment on the rumours.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 -- having already been leaked last month this in one of the few titles certain to be at E3.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim -- The follow on to the Xbox's fantasy epic Oblivion IV: The Elder Scrolls.
Of the three Nintendo thus far has the most exciting reveal lined up. The company is set to unveil its highly anticipated new "Project Cafe" console at the conference.
Nintendo's press conference -- when the new console is set for its big reveal -- is scheduled for Tuesday 7 June at 9.00am PST.
The new console has already generated a significant amount of buzz with critics and consumers alike speculating about what possible changes the company will add to it.
Thus far all Nintendo has confirmed is that Project Cafe is set for release sometime next year and will include a new type of controller.
Nintendo are also expected to be revealing the next wave of games for its record breaking 3DS portable console.
As to the fate of the original Wii, the highly anticipated new Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is also expected to make an appearance.
Of the three companies Sony have the most ground to cover at this years E3. Sony is still suffering through its ongoing PSN troubles and reported loss for the financial year. This means the company's E3 showing could make or break its ongoing battle to win back fans trust and support.
Sony's press conference is set to happen 6 June at 5.00pm PST. Chief on consumer's minds will be whether the company is going to reveal further information regarding its recent revelation that the PlayStation 4 is in development.
Past this, Sony customers will be granted a glimpse at the company's new portable console the NGP.
In terms of games, as was the case with Microsoft, despite a limited number of confirmed titles, critics have already come to a pretty unified consensus about what they expect to see at the conference.
Currently the titles commonly expected to make an appearance are:
Uncharted 3 -- Drake's Deception -- the third entry into the ongoing Uncharted franchise.
Twisted Metal -- A reboot of the classic death-race franchise.
Resistance 3 -- the third entry into the consoles dystopean first-person shooter franchise.
The Last Guardian -- a new game from the developers behind the cult-classic Ico and Shadow of the Colossus games.