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E3: SoCal companies to get a boost from new PS4, Xbox One games (photos)

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When new video game consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One get delivered to customers later this year, Southern California video gaming companies will likely see a boost in sales, analysts said.

“When you get more consoles out there, they’ll be more software purchased, which means developers will sell more stuff, they’ll work on more projects, and they’ll get paid more," said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles. "It should be a growth industry, and it looks like it’s positioned to become one soon."

Research firm NPD Group said that last year the nation's video game industry made nearly $7 billion in sales. The top selling game last year was shooting game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," NPD said. 

Woodland Hills-based Infinity Ward is the developer behind the next game in the genre, called "Call of Duty: Ghosts." The game will be released in November for many different consoles, including the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

Tina Palacios, a senior community manager at Infinity, says gamers will get an enhanced visual experience on the new consoles. For example, HDR lighting.

“That simulates what your iris does in real life, so if you go into a dark room, your eye adjusts and when you step outside in a bright light it will adjust as well and we’ll do that in the game," she said.

Several Southern California companies marketed their new games at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Downtown LA this week, including Warner Brothers, Disney and Activision. 

The three-day event ended Thursday and drew more than 48,000 people.

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