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Companion apps, open worlds: 5 trends from E3

June 13, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- From companion apps with the power to affect gameplay to racing games where players persistently speed across virtual roads, there's several innovations on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week that show off what designers are interested in when it comes to the next-generation of gaming with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One: DYNAMIC DUOS: One screen hasn't been enough for a while now, but game developers are taking second-screen experiences to the next level with companion game apps for mobile devices that affect what's happening on a TV. "Battlefield 4" turns tablets into command stations," while "Tom Clancy's The Division" employs them as drone controls. "Project Spark" invites gamers to craft virtual worlds with the swipe of a finger, and then play through them on the Xbox One.

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