June 16, 2016

MORE POWER

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony are working on new consoles much sooner than expected. In addition to a more svelte $299 Xbox One S (above), available this fall, Microsoft unveiled plans for a vastly more powerful Xbox, coming in 2017.

VIRTUAL REALITY

Sony said it would begin selling a virtual-reality headset for $399 on Oct. 13. Microsoft’s 2017 Xbox is intended to better support VR games.

CLASSICS

Nintendo, which confirmed a new console but said little else, showed a new iteration of Zelda. Sony said it would revive its once popular God of War series.

–Matt Peckham

This appears in the June 27, 2016 issue of TIME.

Write to Matt Peckham at matt.peckham@time.com.

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