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will see this year 's E3, the successor to the Wii and PSP launched in a bid to arrest declining sales game

The troubled gaming industry is trying to shake off its worries about declining revenues for three days in Los Angeles this week - mainly by adding it to Nintendo 'next-generation Wii s and comprehensive online games and applications which, instead of big-name blockbusters .

At the E3 show in Los Angeles Convention Center, Nintendo is the successor to the highly successful Wii game console unveiled. Sony is trying meanwhile, worries about hackers behind it, adding it set a new handheld device.

The eagerly awaited product for the 40,000 industry insiders is Nintendo 's next console. Known as Project Caf?, the new console will be HD graphics and a unique feature joypad with a 15cm (6in) touch screen, motion controls and camera. This device could act as a secondary viewing option if the budget were not available TV or display game information such as inventories and maps.

"Think of an F1 game" said Chris Dring, industry news site MCV. "The True Sport has the computer screens on the steering wheel that the driver can control every element of the car engine. Caf? Project developers can put all that on the touch screen while using the controller as a steering device."

Industry experts also wonder whether Nintendo looking to get into the idea of ??multi-screen living room, watching TV in which people with a large display, but interact with the content of individual tablet devices.

"We are scratching our heads thinking about Caf?, 'is brilliant, or is that ridiculous?'" Said Nicholas Lovell, an industry analyst. "In the past, Nintendo, we 've always started" ridiculous', but ended up on "brilliant '. "

That was certainly the case with the first Wii, which was ridiculed by hardcore gamers, as they started in 2006, its low-power processor and TV-out compared to Microsoft 's then-year Xbox 360 and Sony' s unlaunched PlayStation 3 But the Wii, with its radical wand-like controller had the last laugh, selling 86m in profits, compared with 54m and 50m Xbox 360 PS3s that have barely made a profit.

"The idea of ??a second screen, whether it 's an iPad, a smart phone or a touch screen games controller, is the future of interactive television," said Lovell. "You could see a whole family of Great Britain have 's Got Talent, but they all interact with it in different ways on their own screens - with mom vote on actions, while the children have their hair criticize on Twitter,". Project Caf? can also be a harbinger of the time. "

Certainly, it is the key to Nintendo. Although the Wii is the most successful machine of its generation, sales of hardware and software have steadily this year. At the same time, the 3DS Nintendo handheld console that has a pair of glasses-free 3D display, do not sell as good as expected since its launch in March.

E3 shows a variety of fresh 3DS published, including "New Super Mario, Mario Kart and Resident Evil titles. But if a well-preserved Announcing new console of Nintendo 's entire revive business.

In the background is another central theme of the rise of online gaming and related services will be provided. With retail sales of games fall, most publishers have new ways of looking to use their most important brands, and while the makers of social and casual titles, such as Farmville and Angry do not get birds, a look at the E3 is their influence felt.

Activision is launching a subscription-based social networking service for the fans of his shooter Call of Duty titles, while Ubisoft pushes Ghost Recon Online, a free-to-play version of his hit military shooter series, allowing players to purchase are in-game items.

But those who criticize the games industry, sometimes lack imagination Lara Croft is point so that is another phenomenon in the seemingly endless franchise that began only in 1996. In the latest version it has on their early 20's is back and on a tropical island shipwreck - Add a prequel, that some producers could on the way to Hollywood, things get a little stretched.

Sony is still of a hacking attack on its gaming network that potentially the personal data of more than 100 million PlayStation Network customers is at risk. The company now has brought back online gaming service to be updated when a security incident, and will try to divert attention to his new NGP hand-held device. The sleek console designed to compete with Nintendo 's 3DS, has a 12cm OLED display, two cameras, motion detectors, wireless internet and an innovative touch pad promising new types of play interaction.

"The game publishers are certainly jumping on board," said Dring, "but there is a debate about whether it dedicated space for a high spec, high-tech handheld when people download it now give the advanced games on their smartphones for a few pounds a time. "

Microsoft, it's unlikely a successor to its Xbox 360 show at the event and will instead concentrate on printing its Kinect motion control technology. Last year the unit has moved more than 10m units, but has yet to find the favor of hardcore gamers. The company hopes a Star Wars game Kinect, the fans can swing an imaginary light saber will help them.

But of course, whatever happens, this industry could be held a meeting event, several hundred miles away to be overshadowed. To coincide with E3, Apple 's Worldwide Developer Conference, and there are rumors that Steve Jobs may make announcements about a possible Apple gaming console or set-top box. "The timing can 't be a coincidence, it just can' t," said Lovell. "Apple is trying to distract from the E3. And a iPad 2 with an HDMI port on a large screen a very interesting, multi-functional threat to the traditional game industry."

Keith Stuart

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