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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Great things were expected. In the run up to E3, there were strong rumours that Microsoft would be unveiling the successor to the Xbox 360. This was followed by speculation that Sony's hand would be forced and that a PlayStation 4 announcement would be reluctantly cobbled together. It seems now that, unless one of the manufacturers is about to pull off the greatest sleight of hand trick in gaming history, we're unlikely to see a new generation machine from either.
In hardware terms, this leaves the cavernous E3 stage to be dominated by Wii U, Nintendo's latest grab at the ever-more-difficult-to-define mainstream gaming sector. With its …