A Gamer's Week: June 16

Many things happened this week in the gaming industry

Welcome to a new edition of A Gamer's Week, where we recap the most important things that happened in the games industry in the last seven days.

This week was an extremely busy one, as E3 2013 was held in Los Angeles. Softpedia was on the scene and you can check out our coverage by following the E3 2013 tag.

Meanwhile, we also wrote a special Weekend Reading column where we discussed the different strategies followed by Sony and Microsoft with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively.

Monday saw many major announcements coming from E3 2013, with the most important being that the Xbox One is out in November and costs 499 USD/EUR, while the PlayStation 4 arrives this year in the U.S. and Europe for just 399 USD/EUR.

Tuesday saw the reveal of a huge set of photos of the PlayStation 4, showing off the actual design of the next-gen device. We also heard a pretty surprising statement from Microsoft, which recommended that potential Xbox One owners who don't have an Internet connection just get an Xbox 360 instead.

Wednesday, Microsoft revealed a more official photo of its redesigned Xbox 360 and confirmed that Xbox Live Gold users will get free games until the release of the Xbox One. Meanwhile, BioWare confirmed that Dragon Age 3: Inquisition will be a cross-generation game coming to PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, and Xbox One.

Thursday, Sony confirmed that the PS Plus subscription required for PS4 multiplayer access won't be mandatory for free-to-play games, which can be played online without a Plus membership. Microsoft also revealed the list of countries and requirements that the Xbox One needs to operate properly.

Friday, an alleged Microsoft engineer confirmed that the Xbox One's harsh stance on used games will result in a lowered price for retail games. The Last of Us also came out for PS3 that day, but was hit with a glitch that froze the game and the console.

Saturday, reports came in confirming that the Xbox One games from E3 2013 were actually running on PCs powered by Windows 7 and Nvidia graphics cards. PS4 game developers quickly revealed that their titles were actually running on PS4 consoles or at least dev kit editions.

That's all for this week, but continue visiting the Games section of Softpedia for all the latest news and reviews.

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