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E3 2015: The ten most surprising announcements from E3 2015

This year’s E3 Expo was one of the most impactful and exciting in years, managing to surprise even the most jaded, cynical gaming enthusiasts with it’s many announcements and trailers. Now that the expo has drawn to a close for another year, we thought we’d round up the ten announcements, demos and trailers that took us most by surprise.

E3 2015: Microsoft announces redesigned Xbox One controller

Microsoft is releasing a new controller for the Xbox One later this year that will bring a new d-pad, new triggers and even swappable components. Called the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, Microsoft says it offers "limitless customisation" and "pro-level accuracy."

VideAU Tech News Byte: Apple announces Spotify competitor, Apple Music

Apple have used their keynote address at the company's WWDC 2015 event to announce Apple Music, Apple's first serious foray into subscription-based music streaming. The app will go head to head with other streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Deezer and Tidal in a bid for market dominance.

VideAU Games News Byte: Look at this Metal Gear Solid 5-themed PS4 console

Sony will release a limited edition version of their PlayStation 4 console to commemorate the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on September 1. The console will release the same day as the latest entry in Hideo Kojima's tactical espionage action series.

VideAU Games News Byte: 1TB Xbox One console arrives June 24, comes with updated controller

With many game downloads starting to creep up over the 50GB mark, the ability to swap out its hard drive for something larger has become one of the Xbox One's strongest suits. Microsoft have heard the pleas for larger storage and have come to the rescue, announcing a 1TB version of the Xbox One console. Not only that, the new machine will come with an updated version of the Xbox One controller.

VideAU Tech News Bob-omb: All the coolest announcements from Apple's WWDC 2015 event

Apple held its annual World Wide Developer's Conference in San Francisco over the weekend and announced a slew of brand new software updates across all of your favourite Apple devices from desktops to mobiles. We've got all the coolest announcements in one place.

VideAU Games News Byte: Turns out that Xbox One Wireless Controller Adapter only works with Windows 10

The Xbox One Wireless Controller Adapter for Windows arrives later this year, but will apparently be shipping with Windows 10 support exclusively so if you're running an earlier operating system and want to use your Xbone controller then you'll be out of luck.

VideAU Tech News Byte: The first wave of Steam Machines arrive in the US October 16

The first wave of Steam Machines, computers-as-consoles built to run Valve's SteamOS and the many games on its service, will be delivered into the hands of a few lucky pre-order customers in the US on October 16. Sale machines will begin to arrive November 10. Also arriving: the Steam Controller and Steam Link!

VideAU Tech News Byte: EB Games' parent company is now the owner of ThinkGeek

GameStop, US-based parent company of EB Games, is buying one of the internet's longest-standing geek gift merchants, ThinkGeek.

VideAU Games News Byte: Steam now officially offering refunds, but you have to play by the rules

Steam has been criticised in the past for the fact that anyone who buys a game from their digital storefront has very few options if a purchased game either won't work or is simply rubbish. This is set to change, at last, as Valve are now going to offer refunds within 14 days of purchase, but that's not the only caveat.

VideAU Games News Byte: New report says Nintendo's NX console will run on Android

A brand new report from Nikkei has dropped the first small hint what we might be able to expect from Nintendo's next console, the NX. The report claims that some Nintendo officials have revealed that the NX's OS will be based on Google's Android mobile operating system.

VideAU Tech News Byte: Windows 10 launches worldwide July 29

Microsoft have announced that the newest iteration of their venerable OS, Windows 10, will launch July 29 in 190 countries around the world. Microsoft are obviously very keen to sweep the almost universally maligned Windows 8.1 under the rug with the cleaner, apparently more user-friendly OS.

VideAU Tech News Byte: Leak reveals Windows 10 pricing

A minor stuff-up from Newegg has provided a clearer picture of pricing on Microsoft's upcoming operating system, Windows 10. While the OS will be a free upgrade for most, what can you expect to pay if you need a spare copy? Now we know.

VideAU Tech News Byte: Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card will make gaming in 4K a breeze

If you're like most mere mortals and baulk at the price of Nvidia's eye-wateringly expensive GTX Titan X graphics card then your next best bet might be the GTX 980 Ti. The newest and most powerful card in the 9-series, the GTX 980 Ti is to be Nvidia's flagship model, built for silky frame rates all the way up to 4K resolution on the very latest titles.

VideAU Tech News Byte: Look at this crazy mousepad that can pulse in 16.8 million different colours if you want

Razer have unveiled their new hard gaming mouse mat with a wealth of crazy built-in lighting effects. It's called the Firefly.