2017 marks a major shift for the venerable gaming institution of E3: for the first time ever, the year’s biggest gaming event will welcome in paying members of the public.

Previously limited to members of the gaming industry and press, other than free tickets given away to a few lucky individuals, E3 will now include 15,000 members of the paying public when it opens its doors in Los Angeles in June. So how do you buy E3 2017 tickets, and how much do they cost? Read on to find out.

Updated 14 February 2017: Tickets are on sale now from the E3 website - though the cheaper early bird tickets are already sold out

How to buy E3 tickets: When is E3 2017?

E3 takes place in June every year in Los Angeles, and this year it will run for three days from June 13 - June 15 2017. It’s worth remembering that press conferences tend to happen in the days running up to the main convention though, so some of the biggest news and announcements will happen before June 13.

How to buy E3 tickets: When are E3 2017 tickets on sale?

Although the event itself isn’t until June, tickets for E3 2017 are on sale now. Ticket sales launched on 13 February 2017 at 5pm GMT. You’ll want to be quick though, because there are only 15,000 public tickets going on sale in total, and we’re pretty confident they’re going to sell out fast.

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To buy tickets, head to the official E3 website and click 'Register', then select 'Attendee registration' and follow the steps on-screen.

How to buy E3 tickets: How much do E3 2017 tickets cost?

The bad news is that tickets for E3 aren’t cheap. 1,000 early bird tickets were priced at $150 (roughly £120), but they've already sold out. Buying a ticket now will set you back $250 (roughly £200).

How to buy E3 tickets: What games and events will be at E3 2017?

It’ll be a while before most companies announced their official E3 plans, but we’d expect most of the major games companies to turn up in one form or another - the ESA told Gamespot that more than 200 exhibitors are already confirmed, many of whom can now be seen in the official list of participating companies. Recent years have seen some of the major companies reduce their E3 presence, either by skipping press conferences or reducing their showfloor stands, but the addition of public attendees might persuade a few to increase their presence again for 2017.

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Sony and Microsoft are both expected to hold big press conferences before the show, along with major publishers like Ubisoft and Activision, but it’s very unlikely that the consumer pass will give you access to these events. Instead you’ll likely be limited to panel discussions and the show floor, where there’ll be the chance to play some of the year’s biggest games. Nintendo is likely to bring a playable version of Super Mario Odyssey, Ubisoft may reveal the next Assassin’s Creed, and we’re all hoping there’ll be a chance to go hands-on with the upcoming Xbox One Scorpio.