Five great things at E3

From Project Morpheus to Oculus Rift : what’s hot at the world’s biggest tech expo

Project Morpheus:

Sony's virtual reality project was on display - and playable - at this year's E3, giving us a taste of what is to come further on down the line. It works with the PlayStation Move and camera set up, so it tracks all your movement and translates it into the demo game, while you shut out the world (and their laughter) with the headset. The street luge was slightly terrifying - virtual reality trucks passing over your head - and the fighting demos were certainly entertaining to watch. Don't expect to see this on the open market any time soon though; Sony hasn't estimated when Morpheus will be ready for players, so we think next year would be optimistic.

Alexey Pajitnov and Tetris:

With the 30th anniversary of Tetris passing only days ago, it's only fitting that the creator of one of the best video games ever should get a bit of recognition at the biggest games event of the year. Alexy Pajitnov didn't make money from the game he created - it was back in the Communist era - but he made an appearance at E3 with Ubisoft to celebrate the comeback of the game on the new generation of consoles.

Oculus Rift:

Yes, we know: another virtual reality headset. But that’s the way the tide is turning, and Oculus VR is the company that has been pushing it - so much so that facebook wants in on the act and paid $4 billion for the privilege. This year, the company was demoing some of its products at E3, and judging by the line that formed every day to get a chance to try it out, E3 attendees were generally as enthusiastic as we were.

Mario Maker:

Nintendo wasn't just keen to bring in Skylanders-style figurines at this year's E3; the company also announced its move into user created content with Mario Maker. The game will allow users to create their own Super Mario levels on the Wii U, opening up the world in the same way that Little Big Planet has inspired Sony users. Getting it right will be crucial though; there's still precious few details on how the sharing of user created levels will work, among other things. The bad news? It's not expected until next year.

Playstation TV:

It may not be perfect, but if you want a quick solution to the endless TV row, PlayStation TV may be the answer. It streams content from your PS4 console to another TV in the house using your wireless network and the remote play function. It also allows you to stream music and movies, and if you have a PS Vita memory card, you can buy and play the handheld console's games without investing in the Vita itself. At €99, it's certainly a lot cheaper.