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E3 2016 | General Information and FAQ



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Welcome back to E3! This is the 22nd edition of the expo.
This thread will, as always, provide an overview of the event and how to get the most out of it.

This year I believe what most people are anticipating is new hardware from Microsoft and Sony respectively. Upgraded consoles called Scorpio (Xbox) and Neo (PlayStation).
But even without new hardware there are many interesting games to look forward to:

  • Battlefield 1
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Dishonored 2
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Forza
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon
  • The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
  • Mafia III
  • Persona 5
  • Titanfall 2
  • Watch Dogs 2...
The list goes on and those are already announced games. Games to be revealed ought to be quite a few.

So ready your hammocks and let's jump in.

E3 Special Notes and Policy Reminders

Post from last year, dates changed to reflect E3 2016.

Nirolak said:
Special Notes:

1.) During E3 (Sunday, June 12th *through* Thursday, June 16th) all reaction threads will be locked. A reaction thread consists of such things as "Wow Sony just won E3!", "Zelda U has the best graphics ever!", "Is the Xbox One doomed now?", "Where is The Last Guardian?? Where's Santa Monica!?", "Are you buying a Wii U now?", "Does Microsoft have anything left? They announced so many games!", "Does Microsoft have the best Japanese support of any console?", or anything else that is just a thread about immediate reactions to events. For the duration, these threads will be locked on sight. If you feel you have somethings important to say on these matters, either ask in the main conference threads, or write-up a really good thread on it and post it on Friday, June 17th.

2.) If you post a news thread, make sure it contains actual details of the news at hand. If your thread is simply Title: "OMG KIRBY WII U ANNOUNCED!" Body: "ON THE STREAM!" your thread will be locked and we reserve the right to junior you, since this goes against normal thread policies anyway.

3.) Do not post new news from E3 in a pre-E3 thread. Either make a new thread, or pick an existing thread made during E3.

Policy Reminders:

1.) Do not complain about the purpose of a thread. This includes complaining about people judging gameplay in a gameplay video thread, judging graphics in a screenshot thread, or calling something too nitpicky or biased in a review/technical analysis/critique thread. Instead, if you disagree, either post the reason (in detail) that you disagree with the point being made ("I think the graphics look great, just look at the shadowing and texture detail!", "I don't notice frame hitching at 60 fps personally, so it doesn't bother me.", "In my experience with the game, I found the encounter design to be great actually, for example..."), or simply avoid the thread if you feel you are unable to.

2.) If you feel there's a problem with someone breaking the rules, simply PM a mod and do not engage. There are only ~20 mods and tens of thousands of posts a day, so we simply cannot be everywhere and see every infraction without your help.

Other Notes:

1.) All other rules obviously still apply. For specifics, see our FAQ forum and the Terms of Service. For general information on how to post in high volume, high tension situations, read this note by EviLore.

2.) If you have any questions, please PM a moderator. If a question comes up frequently, we will post an update here. If not, you will receive an answer via PM. Due to volume, your answer may not be immediate.
Source: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?p=113677771

Some of this information is relevant only to attendees/media. I've picked out a few things that can be worthy to know, especially for first timers.

What: The world's premier trade show for computer and video games.
When: June 14 - 16, 2016 (press conferences start June 12)
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
How: Live streams or via attendance
Website: https://www.e3expo.com / https://www.e3insider.com

I can't watch the press conferences in real-time. Is there a spoiler free thread?

Yes there is: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1229029

Is the show open to the public?

No, the show is not open to the general public. It's intended only for professionals from the industry. This year however there is a public event called E3 Live: http://www.e3livela.com/

What are the Registration Hours On-Site?

Sunday, June 12, 2016: 1:00PM - 6:00PM
Monday, June 13, 2016: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2016: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday, June 16, 2016: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Registration is located in the South Hall Lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

What are the Exhibit Floor Hours?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016: 12:00PM - 6:00PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2016: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday, June 16, 2016: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Do You Check Identification On-Site?

All E3 Attendees will be required to show a government issued photo ID (driver's license or passport) in order to pick up their badge holder on-site and gain access to the event.

When can I pick up my badge?

Attendees may pick up their badge and badge holders at any on-site Badge Pick-Up Counter located outside both the South and West Hall Lobbies. Badge Pick-Up Counters at the Los Angeles Convention Center will open on Sunday, June 12th at 1:00pm.

Where is the Media Center?

Members of the press and industry analysts can enjoy the complimentary Media Center in Petree Hall.

Does the Los Angeles Convention Center feature a parking lot?

The Los Angeles Convention Center has 5500 parking spaces with easy public access. The parking fee is $20/day. In addition to the LACC parking, there are multiple lots available nearby, including at L.A. Live adjacent to the LACC.

What dining options are available at the LACC?

Concessions schedule and availability are subject to each show. Taste of L.A. by Levy Restaurants is the exclusive in-house dining provider and operator of the onsite cafes listed below:

Compass Café
Galaxy Café
Tradewinds Café
Groundwork Coffee

Offsite dining options are available at neighboring LA Live. For additional options please visit Discover L.A.

Is outside food and beverage allowed?

The LACC does not permit outside outside food and beverage. Individual bottles of water are permitted though.

Will there be any shuttles from my hotel to the LACC?

Yes. Here is a preliminary schedule:

June 12

This presentation has now concluded.

Time: 1:00 PM PDT
Length: 60 minutes
Host: Andrew Wilson & Peter Moore
Venue: The Novo in L.A. Live, Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith (London)
Official thread by Nirolak: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1232176

Main hub: http://www.ea.com/play2016


EA: https://live.ea.com/
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ea
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPSN9sTQCf4

This presentation has now concluded.

Time: 7:00 PM PDT
Length: N/A
Host: Pete Hines
Venue: Dolby Theater, Hollywood
Official thread by MattyG: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1232295

Main hub: https://be3showcase.bethsoft.com/


Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/bethesda
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_1mzhRQSsM

June 13

This presentation has now concluded.

Official press release: http://news.xbox.com/2016/05/03/xbox-at-e3-2016/
Briefing recap: http://news.xbox.com/2016/06/13/xbox-e3-2016-briefing-news-recap/

Time: 9:30 AM PDT
Length: 90 minutes
Host: Phil Spencer
Venue: The Galen Center, Los Angeles
Official thread by Relix: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1232613

Main hub: http://www.xbox.com/e3


Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/xbox
YouTube: https://gaming.youtube.com/e3
On your Xbox One/Xbox 360
At your local Microsoft store
On Spike TV (US and Canada)

This presentation has now concluded.

Time: 11:30 AM PDT - 1:00 PM PDT
Length: 1.5 hours (actual show)
Host: Sean ‘Day[9]’ Plott
Venue: The Theater at Ace Hotel, Hollywood
Official thread by MRORANGE: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1232625

Main hub: http://www.pcgamingshow.com/


Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/pcgamer
YouTube: https://gaming.youtube.com/pcgamer

This presentation has now concluded.

Time: 1:00 PM PDT
Length: 60 minutes approx.
Host: Aisha Tyler
Venue: Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles
Official thread by Volotaire: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1232769

Main hub: https://www.ubisoft.com/en-gb/event/e3-2016


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubisoftus/
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ubisoft
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyvHLbvVnog

This presentation has now concluded.

Time: 05:30 PM PDT
Length: 60-120 minutes
Host: Andrew House
Venue: Shrine Auditorium
Official thread by ULTROS!: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1232949

Main hub: http://live.playstation.com/


Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/playstation
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/PlayStation
On PS4 and PS3
At the PlayStation E3 Experience in 85 cinemas across North America

June 14

This presentation has now concluded.

Official press release: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160608005551/en/Nintendo-News-Nintendo-Fans-Ways-Stay-Engaged
Recap: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160614005573/en/Nintendo-Players-Unprecedented-Freedom-Adventure-Legend-Zelda

Note that Nintendo doesn't have a press conference, only live streaming. Nintendo is listed under press conferences for ease of access.

Time: 9:00 AM PDT
Length: ≈60 minutes (initial, live streams will continue the whole day)
Host: Reggie Fils-Aime & Treehouse Team
Venue: LACC
Official thread by Azalean: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1233383

Main hub: http://e3.nintendo.com/


Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/nintendo
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtZwAGNVjc0

You can of course choose to watch E3 via various sources, but Twitch is the official streaming partner of E3, just like last year. Their main schedule is as follows:

All the Major Events:

Sunday, June 12 - Day -1
  • 1:00pm PT - EA Press Conference
  • 7:00pm PT - Bethesda E3 Showcase
  • 8:30pm-8:00am PT (Mon) – Official Twitch E3 2016 Pre-Pre Show
Monday, June 13 – Day 0
  • 9:30am PT - Xbox E3 Briefing
  • 11:30am PT - The PC Gaming Show
  • 1:00pm PT - Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
  • 6:00pm PT - PlayStation E3 Experience
Tuesday, June 14 – Day 1
  • 9:00am PT - Nintendo Treehouse LIVE @ E3
  • 10:30am-7pm PT: E3 2016 Main Event @ the Twitch Booth
  • 9:00pm PT - Twitch party at The Belasco
    (There are a limited amount of 21+ general admission tickets on a first come, first served basis)
Wednesday, June 15 – Day 2
  • 10:00am-7pm PT: E3 2016 Main Event @ the Twitch Booth
Thursday, June 16 – Day 3
  • 10:00am-6pm PT: E3 2016 Main Event @ the Twitch Booth
More info available here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160603005756/en/Twitch-Announces-Extensive-Live-Streaming-Schedule-E3

Also check out Geoff Keighley's YouTube Live @ E3 event: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1223317
And don't forget Easy Allies: http://easyallies.com/

In case you want to chat during the press conferences, there's at the moment the SteamGAF chat: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/neogaf

IRC chat for at least the conferences of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo should be provided. I won't post the address to these here directly. Instead ask in each respective thread.

Perhaps a Discord room could be set up as well.

Archive and Spoiler-Free Thread: E3 2016
E3 2016 | GIF & WEBM Thread
E3 2016 | Snacks and Foods OT
E3 2016 Bingo Thread

E3 2016 | Official On-site Meetup Thread

The Spotify playlist features songs from game OSTs, but also songs used in video game commercials.


E3 Party Guide: http://www.getwiththeguide.com/welcome-page/e3-party-guide-2016/

Below are the most notable gaming news site from which we will be gathering news over E3 week. General media is also covered to some extent.

First though, the press sites of the major companies. Most useful for journalists of course, but can be good if you want some assets for a thread etc.

Microsoft provides press material in a very nice way. Artwork, box shots, logos, photos, screenshots, videos etc. No password protection.

Xbox Media: http://news.xbox.com/media
Microsoft News Center: http://news.microsoft.com/

No password needed.

Nintendo's main press site is password protected, but they usually provide temporary login credentials for their E3 press kits.

Main: https://press.nintendo.com/
E3 press kit: http://nintendo.e3press.com/ (tentative)

Sony's press sites are password protected. If you need a login, you need to contact SCEA/SCEE via phone/e-mail.

PlayStation Press Center: http://presscenter.playstation.com/
Sony PressVault: http://www.sceuk-press.net/

General press releases are available here: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/corporate/press-releases/

EA has two press sites, one for North America and one for Europe.

EA NA Press Site: http://www.info.ea.com/
EA EU Press Site: http://ea.gamespress.com/

Password protected.

Ubisoft Press Extranet: https://www.ubisoft-press.com

Password protected site under PressXtra.Net.


NA: http://press.na.square-enix.com/landing.asp
PressXtra: http://www.square-enix-press.com/

The NA is not password protected, the PressXtra site is.


If you are in need of a good press hub to download assets from, I suggest you take a look at (quote to see). Please don't send an application if you are not a journalist however.

One site that can also be very useful during E3 is Business Wire: http://www.businesswire.com

Here's the list of news sources:

Gaming/tech media

General media

All of these attended E3 last year, so there should be news about the event coming.



Jul 31, 2012
Have an industry pass for the expo, but does that get me into the public E3 Live as well? Or am I shit out of luck?


Unconfirmed Member
Have an industry pass for the expo, but does that get me into the public E3 Live as well? Or am I shit out of luck?
A ticket to E3 Live I believe is needed to attend that event. An industry pass I don't believe gives you access, but you could of course check with support.


Oct 14, 2013
Spoiler free thread, excellent.

Thanks for taking the time, amazing. Can't wait.

John Harker

Definitely doesn't make things up as he goes along.
Feb 26, 2005
Santa Destroy
I can't believe how damn busy I've been leading up to this E3.
Like, crazy. I feel like I'm super disconnected, I've barely posted in a month hahaha.

So, I can't tell if I'm excited or exhausted!

yes I know stuff, no I'm not sharing. well maybe a little, it's a long weekend.
Either way, I've been skipping poker night, so they'll be some surprises for me too which is kind of cool for once :)


Oct 15, 2013
Once again Sony's conference is at the worst possible time for Europeans (2/3am).
Sony loves its largest Playstation market.


Dec 7, 2013
Just a small correction. In the special notes, Nirolak said "or write-up a really good thread on it and post it on Friday, June 13th."

It should probably be June 17th.


Aug 21, 2013
Rösti;206435153 said:
They have a Summer 2016 Media Briefing. It will not be streamed apparently, but I included it in the schedule just for reference.
Hmm interesting, thanks. Great OP btw.
Jan 16, 2012
Looking forward to the Steam chat or wherever the main chat ends up being. Always enjoyed the reactions in chat-room form.


Jun 23, 2014
I've managed to stay away from GAF threads other than this since yesterday, so hoping for a few surprises this week. So ready for this.
Jun 20, 2012
Great OP. Thanks. Shame Bethesda's is on at 2 in the morning for UK folks. I have Tuesday off thankfully so can catch up on Sony's press conference. Will there be a thread that has links to the full conferences after they go up for people to catch up without getting spoiled?
Dec 12, 2013
General interests for each conference:

EA: Mass Effect: Andromeda
Bethesda: The Evil Within 2
Microsoft: Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Scalebound
PC: Maybe Lawbreakers. I might play more on PC these days, but I can't really think of anything that would be exciting here.
Ubisoft: Watch Dogs 2, I guess. As long as they can make it interesting. The first reveal for the first Watch Dogs was fucking captivating.
Sony: The Last Guardian, Gravity Rush 2, and any JRPG related stuff (Square Enix, Persona 5 appearance (?), Ni No Kuni II maybe)
Nintendo: Zelda...

It is time!
Though I'm going to be missing a good number of the conferences due to work unfortunately


Oct 25, 2015
Quebec City
Thank you for the time table, I'll check Beth tonight. Hopefully, we'll see some footage of Skyrim remastered !

Word of advice for the new folks at E3, don't eat in the concessions, it costs like crazy and it's not even good. Go outside, there's a California Pizza Kitchen just a block away ( I hope it's still there, I can't see why it's not, it was really popular). Bring ear plugs as well, it's like a casino in there, you'll be tired at the end of the day. Moreover, your legs will sore, expect this ;-)