Five years later: the biggest news from E3 2006

PS3 controller also has motion control, but no rumble

A year earlier, Sony revealed the PS3 for the first time. The console on display in 2005 would more or less become the final version that launched in 2006; the controller, on the other hand, was a disgusting boomerang mess that looked more like a third-party knock-off than standard Sony controller. This design was so thoroughly bashed it disappeared from view in ’06, replaced by the SIXAXIS controller, which, surprisingly, included motion control.

Above: But at least THIS thing was gone 

Sony must have crammed motion support into this thing at the last minute, seemingly in response to Nintendo’s Wii announcement just weeks earlier. Stranger still was the removal of rumble, a feature that was standard across all consoles since 1997, yet here Sony was calling it a “last gen” feature the PS3 didn’t need. Fast forward to today, when no one uses SIXAXIS, Sony added rumble back in with DualShock 3 and PlayStation Move blatantly copies Wii four years after the fact. Good move, guys!

Sony’s press conference was a meme machine

Sony’s two hour speech and major hardware announcement should have been a stunning show of force for the games industry. After all, it had been the market leader for the past two console generations (PS1 and PS2), so surely its revelatory press conference would be a high point of the show. Instead, Sony’s entire production was reduced to a few sound bites that would flood the internet and plague the company for years.

Giant enemy crabs, massive damage, Riiiidge Racer… any one would have been amusing. But together, in one conference? Insanity. The memes were alll in good fun though… well, except for the price. The stigma of a $600 console overshadowed any and all positive news.

BioShock, Mass Effect, FFXIII make official debuts

With two major hardware announcements, GTA IV news and the revelation that Smash Bros now open to third-party crossovers, it was easy to overlook new games and ideas on display. Today, the world knows BioShock and Mass Effect as mega-successful franchises that influenced countless other games, but at E3 2006, they were brand new, untested IPs, albeit from established developers.

Similarly, Final Fantasy XIII had its first real showcase this year. Like Mass Effect and BioShock, we knew FFXIII was coming, but up until May ’06 all three were nebulous projects with a handful of minor details – now we knew a great deal and fully understood why they were going to be huge. Oh and a playable Super Mario Galaxy popped up too, a full 18 months before it launched.

Those are the stories that stuck with us – anything we missed, or were there any smaller stories you’ve held onto for the past five years? Let us know below!

Jun 2, 2011

The Top 7... Games we want announced at E3 2011
By next week, these rumors had better be reality


E3 2005: Five years later
Twilight Princess, Game Boy Micro and the debut of the Xbox 360


E3 2004: Five years later
Resident Evil 4, plus the arrival of the PSP and Nintendo DS




  • Ariaka - June 5, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    My god that was a mind screw. I remember watching this show and... wow. It seems weird to think it was 5 years ago. And wasn't this one of e3's sterile years, or boredom, yawning, and no booth babes or anything else fun?
  • ibeberger - June 5, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    How has nobody mentioned that Red Steel trailer yet? That was the most cringe-inducing thing I have ever seen. MY brain must have blocked that memory out from 5 years ago because I don't recall ever seeing that before right now.
  • Druupwnz - June 4, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    Back when Halo 3 could have been awesome.... That trailer was a damned LIE, and everybody knows it.
  • shawksta - June 4, 2011 8:06 a.m.

    The smash Bros. Brawl trailer was probably the best trailer ever made!
  • egregious - June 3, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    God the Sony at E3 2006 will never stop being funny.
  • NT396 - June 3, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    LOL in the video when all the characters changed from their SSBM form to their SSBB form Kirby hardly changed!
  • philipshaw - June 3, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    Like the idea of this article, you got all the stuff I remembered
  • Spybreak8 - June 3, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    Haha, I remember the GTA tattoo and who could forget the giant crab meme.
  • Yeager1122 - June 3, 2011 2:57 a.m.

    This is the first E3 where i rmeber actually following every bit of news instead of just the things i liked,
  • Fuzunga - June 3, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    This was the best E3, in my opinion. At least, the best one I could remember. I think this year could top it, though.
  • CrashmanX - June 3, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    I forgot FFXIII was announced 5 years ago. Rather amusing seeing that and the other 2 mentioned at the same time.
  • SonicX_89 - June 2, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    I remember watching the Tony Hawk Project 8 trailer about a dozen times after it premiered.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - June 2, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    Man, I forgot how badly Sony looked that year. Also, the original PS3 controller still looks ridiculously uncomfortable to hold.
  • DecoyOctorok - June 2, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    It's interesting to look back at the beginning of Sony's downhill slide in the console wars. They really just kind of shot themselves in the foot right out of the gate. A $600 price tag for a console hadn't been seen since the disastrous days of the 3DO.
  • aman123 - June 2, 2011 10:47 p.m.

  • TyrannosaurusTexMex - June 2, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    I remember seeing ads saying I won a PS3 with that same ridiculous crescent moon controller for months after the actual console came out. My word phishing scams, will you ever learn?
  • jackthemenace - June 2, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    O.o My mind, officially blown.

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