E3 2013: Conan O’Brien will weigh in on PS4 vs. Xbox One

June 12, 2013 | 10:27 p.m.
Conan O'Brien at E3 speaks to Telemundo. (Jevon Phillips / For the Times)

Conan O’Brien at E3 speaks to Telemundo. (Jevon Phillips / For The Times)

Conan O’Brien’s familiar pompadour of red hair stood out at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center as he made a stop at the small SnailUSA booth Wednesday.

O’Brien was among fans, retailers, media and industry professionals who took to the aisles to get some up-close time with new offerings, many of which they’ve been hearing about for a few days.

Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all hosted big press events, including the introductions of two new consoles in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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When asked why he was visiting the SnailUSA booth, he shrugged. “I was here just to cover E3 and mostly to try to settle the controversy between the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One consoles — the Hatfields vs. McCoys argument of our time,” O’Brien said.

“I haven’t made my decision yet because billions of dollars rest on my decision,” he joked. “So I’m going to take my time. It’s like announcing a new pope. I’m going to go into seclusion now and think about it, and then in a few days I’ll make my decision.”

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Attendees wait in line at the AMD display at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

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Director Guillermo Del Toro stands next to a Jaeger, a cyborg character from the upcoming movie he directs "Pacific Rim."(Michael Nelson / EPA)

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From left, Ignazio Boschetto, Gianluca Ginoble and Piero Barone, of musical group Il Volo, play "Rocksmith 2014" at the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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Actress Jurnee Smollett, left, and actor Josiah Bell play "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag" at the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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Actors Jon Heder, left, and Scott Porter visit the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, center, plays "Just Dance 2014." (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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A model dressed as Bayonetta, a video game character from the "Bayonetta 2," poses for photos at the Nintendo booth. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

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Show attendees watch a presentation on the video game "Project Spark" at the Microsoft booth. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

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Jonny Rice wears a "Minecraft"-themed mask while promoting a video clip he created. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

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Janina Gavankar plays "Watch Dogs" at the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, center, visits the Ubisoft booth at E3. (Alexandra Wyman / Invision / Associated Press)

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NBA player Ryan Hollins, left, plays "Just Dance 2014." (Alexandra Wyman / Invision / Associated Press)

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Jonathan Lipnicki checks out "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag." (Alexandra Wyman / Invision / Associated Press)

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A person dressed as a character from PopCap Games' Plants vs Zombies video cracks jokes with an attendee. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

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Attendees play the "Punch-Out!" video game, developed by Nintendo Co., on the Hyperkin Inc. RetroN 5 gaming console. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

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A model of the Tyrael character from Activision Blizzard Inc.'s Diablo video-game series stands on display as attendees play on a console at the company's "Diablo III" booth. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

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Diggs, a detective from Sony PlayStation's popular game "Diggs Nightcrawler," is helped by assistants. (Michael Nelson / EPA)

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Pedestrians walk outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the Electronic Entertainment Expo is being held. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)

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Disney Infinity's "Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set" trailer plays on the opening day of E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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Jason Guandique, 4, stands at the entrance of the Disney Infinity arena. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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A visitor gets her picture taken with comic creator Todd McFarlane, who was at the Xbox Halo booth on the opening day of E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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A character from the Blizzard Entertainment game "Diablo" attracts cameras. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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The crowd streams in on the opening day of E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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A look at the interior of the Los Angeles Convention Center, site of E3. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)

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The video game "Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures" is advertised on a car outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is currently hosting the 2013 Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

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Players line up next to the virtual playing field for "Battlefield 4." (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

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A candy house, complete with witches, sits in the lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center to promote the DVD release of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (Jevon Philliips / Los Angeles Times)

But judging by the crowd that began amassing around the host of TBS’ “Conan,” his mere presence was threatening to overshadow some of the convention’s offerings. He took pictures and hugged onlookers while briskly walking toward his getaway vehicle outside the venue.

Unlike Comic-Con International, WonderCon or the Anime Expo, E3 doesn’t have as many cosplayers for O’Brien to spotlight, but the convention-goers are still enthusiastic. The talk show host stopped only to quickly chat with a Telemundo news crew that happened to find him on the floor.

– Jevon Phillips

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