Sony have confirmed that, for the second year in a row, they’re giving E3 a miss. In a statement released to Gameindustry.biz yesterday, Sony Interactive Entertainment said that E3’s vision doesn’t line up with what Sony want to accomplish. Instead, they plan on attending hundreds of consumer events around the world in an effort to better engage with fans.
“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020,” the Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson stated. “We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.
“We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”
As for Sony’s biggest competitor, Microsoft have also taken a leaf out of last year’s book by reaffirming their place at E3 2020, stating that they have big plans for the event. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer took to Twitter to basically state that the Xbox team have big plans for their annual showcase.
Our team is hard at work on E3, we look forward to sharing with all who love to play what's ahead for us. Our artform has consistently been propelled by the cross-section of creativity and technical progress. 2020 is a milestone year in that journey for Team Xbox. #XboxE3#E32020
With Microsoft presumably using E3 2020 as a big Xbox Series X blowout, fans have been left to wonder when we’ll be hearing about the PS5, but the answer might be sooner than you expect. Sony have announced they’ll be hosting an event called Experience PlayStation at the Sony Square NYC store. The event starts today and will last until February 16th, and fans are wondering whether or not the event will end with a big PS5 reveal. I mean, that’d be one way to “experience PlayStation”.
There’s some precedent for this too. The PS4 was showcased back on February 20th 2013 in an event that was also held in New York, so the timing lines up for the reveal of the next generation of hardware. Meanwhile, the PS4 Pro was also revealed in New York at the now defunct PlayStation Theater back in September 2016, so it stands to reason that if Sony have some news about some new hardware, they’ll head to the Big Apple.
What are your thoughts about the recent E3 2020 news? Will Sony unveil in the PS5 at the culmination of their Experience PlayStation event? Sound off in the comments.