LOS ANGELES—If you couldn’t or didn’t make it to E3 2019, you’re not the only one. Anecdotal evidence suggests this was the most poorly attended E3 in some time (though its organizers at the ESA insist that this E3 had only 3,000 fewer attendees than 2018’s jam-packed affair), owing perhaps to Sony’s no-show or the abundance of live-streamed options for enjoying the event at your own home.
That being said, attended, and Ars Technica came back from Los Angeles with plenty to show for it. In addition to a few more hands-on previews coming (which will build upon the best-of E3 2019 list we already filed), we took our cameras out at both the official E3 halls and nearby events (Xbox Fan Fest, EA Play).
The result is a whopping three image galleries here. The first is a catch-all for most of the basic, expected fare, while the second and third focus on retro elements: a -specific mini-museum, and a curated collection of very rare gaming hardware and collectibles courtesy of the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, Tex. (If you’ve never been to that physical location before, we strongly encourage you to book a trip.)
And we couldn’t leave E3 without a walk through the almost carnival-like selection of vendors and inventions in the expo’s very back hall. Look below at the show’s weird “et cetera” section.