It’s almost that time of the year. The time that gamers near and far look forward to the most; the time when we get to see what the future of games holds for us and then cry like little kids when we realize how long we’ll have to wait to play said games. This year is especially exciting since it heralds the coming of the next generation of gaming consoles: Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Yes loyal readers, E3 is only a few short weeks away and we here at VGU.TV are as giddy as kids on Christmas morning.

There’s no doubt that both Sony and Microsoft are going to use E3 as a platform to show off some of the various new games coming to both their consoles. I’d be surprised if they didn’t also take the time to extrapolate more on just how powerful their new hardware is by showing off some of their respective console’s other features like social media sharing and motion play. Who knows? Maybe we’ll actually get to see what the PlayStation 4 looks like and maybe Microsoft will be able to give us a straight answer regarding Xbox One’s functionality (I kid, I kid…).

Personally, I have a couple things I’m looking forward to at this year’s E3. I was very impressed by Sony’s PlayStation 4 unveiling event a few months ago but I hope they take the time at E3 to go more in-depth on all of the promised social features and, more importantly, how they are utilized in some of the various games featured on the console. Saying things like “you’ll be able to insert helpful items into a friend’s game” or “you’ll be able to make your own video strategy guides” is all well and good, but I want to actually *see* such functionality in action.

I also hope Microsoft stops trying to distract us with flashy new features while simultaneously avoiding tough questions like how much all of these features will cost us. The entire time I was watching the Xbox One reveal event, I couldn’t help making mental notes in my mind of which features I thought would be free and which would be locked behind an Xbox Gold barrier. It’d be nice if Microsoft was upfront with fans and gamers about which of the Xbox One’s many features (Skype, internet browsing, online multiplayer, watching t.v., etc.) were actually available right out of the box.

And of course, I’m looking forward to seeing some new games, especially in Xbox One’s corner. I think Sony had a strong presentation of new titles at the PlayStation 4 event, I hope Sony keeps that momentum going at E3 and that Microsoft comes out equally strong. After all, at the end of the day don’t we buy new gaming consoles in order to, you know, play games on them? As nice as it is to be able to use our consoles for social networking and watching movies, it’s the games themselves which I feel can either make or break a new console.

So what about you VGU readers? Which element of E3 are you looking forward to the most this year? Are you hoping to see more new IP’s? New entries in popular franchises? More info on the consoles themselves? Is there a specific developer you’re excited to see? Feel free to share in the comments below or via Facebook and Twitter.