E3 2018 thrills gamers around the world

The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 is the biggest annual gaming expo in the world, and it has just taken place in Los Angeles.

E3 attracted more than 60,000 fans from around the world and featured more than 3000 games, along with some of the latest high-tech gadgets.

The industry's biggest players spend millions on the event, each trying to out-do each other by showing fans the coolest stuff.

Xbox showed off more titles than ever before, illustrating a huge investment by parent company Microsoft

"We showed over 50 games, 18 of which are exclusive and 15 world premieres," said Jeremy Hinton, Microsoft's director of gaming (Asia).

"We want people to understand that we are absolutely doubling down on gaming at Microsoft and we're really bringing the full weight of Microsoft's investment to build better game experiences for players all around the world."

Among the new games announced by Xbox was the return of classic franchises Gears of War, Forza Horizon and Halo.

PlayStation showed off much less, focussing on just a few key titles they know fans love.

"We're so fortunate to have such a large and vibrant community, 80 million plus now active users every month," said Michael Denny, senior vice president of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

"As you've seen here at E3, we've got the best games we've ever had in our line-up."

PlayStation's biggest E3 games included the new Spider-Man, samurai game Ghost of Tsushima, Hideo Kojima's bizarre Death Stranding and the The Last of Us Part II.

Other big companies like Nintendo, Bethesda, Activision and Ubisoft all showed off their exciting new games, too.

The energy of the fans at E3 this year was palpable and there were plenty of them. There are reportedly 2.6 billion gamers in the world and that number's growing all the time.

If the new titles on display at E3 are anything to go by, it's never been a better time to be a gamer.

Newshub is covering E3 courtesy of Xbox and PlayStation.