The 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3, kicks off next week. As in previous years, there's sure to be loads of juicy details on the latest consoles and games even before the show floor officially opens on Wednesday.

Nintendo's unveiling of its Wii console may be the hot ticket this year, but expectations are also high surrounding impending announcements from Sony and Microsoft. Will Sony confirm pricing and availability for the delayed PlayStation 3? Will we actually get to test drive hot upcoming titles such as Metal Gear Solid 4, Killzone 2 or Motor Storm? Personally, we're wondering if we'll get to try the next generation Eye-toy or see previews of the next Grand Theft Auto title or even Guitar Hero 2.

Melissa Perenson, storage maven and senior associate editor on our sister title PC World, will also be on hand to investigate the PS3's use of high-capacity Blu-ray Discs and how its implementation compares with Microsoft's possible announcement of a HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360. One thing is for sure: high-definition gaming is sure to be a buzz area this year. Microsoft is widely expected to show a trailer for Halo 3 (at the very least) and there's a lot of interest in 360 titles such as Gears of War, Crackdown, Fear and Prey.

PC gaming is far from dead and to that end, Microsoft is also expected to discuss gaming on Windows Vista. Although we expect to bring you a hardware news from a slew of PC vendors attending E3, we'll also be doing our best to try out highly anticipated PC games such as Spore, Battlefield 2142, Prey, Call of Duty 3, Unreal Tournament 2007 and Command & Conquer 3.

We'll also be looking at trends such as in-game advertising and the latest in MMOGs (massively multiplayer online games).

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