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SmartGlass, Wonderbook… best technology at E3 2012

It may have been the games that stole the show in Los Angeles this year, but there was still some pretty decent technology on display at E3 2012.

While the likes of Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Assassin’s Creed III dominated gamers’ attention for most of E3, manufacturers did not disappoint with some very exciting innovations.

So while we may not have got any next-gen consoles from a couple of E3’s biggest tech giants, they were quick to show us that the current generation of gaming machines still have some legs.

The Xbox 360 and PS3 may be reaching their twilight years, but they still have plenty to offer gamers, especially with some of the new technology on show at E3. So what were the most exciting developments this year?

Microsoft at E3 2012

Halo 4 grabbed the headlines of Microsoft’s E3 conference, but there was plenty more on show from the US computer giant.

Microsoft took the opportunity to show off some products it hopes will mount a challenge to Apple and Samsung, with a music service and streaming app.

The SmartGlass app, details of which were actually leaked ahead of the conference, is Microsoft’s attempt to increase its Apple-style syncing.

For use on Xbox and Windows tablets, SmartGlass will allow users to switch between devices when watching a film, or access extra information on one device while watching content on the other.

Xbox Music will work on the 360, as well as PC, Windows 8 tablets and Windows Phone 7 devices, to give users access to more than 30 million tracks.

Sony at E3 2012

Games certainly took centre stage at Sony’s E3 2012 conference, with some truly epic trailers displaying out-of-this-world graphics.

But the Japanese gaming giant did have some hardware on display, namely the Wonderbook – a book-shaped peripheral for the PS3.

A fairly educational device, although the possibilities are endless, the Wonderbook works with the Playstation Eye and Move controller to bring interactive storybooks to life with games and activities.