The annual whirlwind of gaming activity that descends upon Cologne for Gamescom was particularly boisterous this year as both Microsoft and Sony previewed their next generation of consoles. Xbox One pre-orders in Europe were sweetened with the bundling of a free FIFA 14, while the PlayStation 4 got its long-awaited release date and a promise to have 33 games by the end of the year. The PS Vita also saw its price cut extended from Japan to Europe and North America, alongside the announcement of a number of high-profile games coming to the mobile platform, led by Fez, Minecraft and Borderlands 2.

Gamescom also proved to be the most extensive opportunity for gamers to try out next-gen games, with publishers previewing early code from their upcoming holiday season and 2014 roster of titles. Among them, the undisputed champion was Titanfall, the debut product of Respawn Entertainment that will first launch on the Xbox One, 360, and PC.