E3 gaming gathering

July 17, 2008 8:34:43 AM PDT
Now that the major game system makers have gotten their latest products onto the market, they are trying to encourage you to use them for activities other than gaming. That's the basic trend coming out of this year's E3 gathering in Los Angeles.Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have all come out with plans to launch more games and more sequels for their systems. But they are also trying to come up with more ways for gamers to use their systems for things other than playing games. Like movies.

Both Sony and Microsoft touted their efforts to provide video entertainment to users. Sony is out with its video download service for the PlayStation 3, while Microsoft has struck a deal with Netflix to stream videos from the online DVD rental firm to their TVs.

On the Net: Microsoft Xbox site: http://www.xbox.com/

Nintendo Wii site: http://wii.com/

Sony PlayStation site: http://www.playstation.com/