The last time PlayStation attended an E3 conference was in 2018, and it was a more subdued show than previous years. When they skipped out of 2019, we thought it was a wise decision and that there would be surprises in store come 2020. We had assumed that the surprise would be the inclusion of more game announcements. Instead, the company has instead come out with the astonishing news that they would be not attending E3 2020. Marking the second year in a row that the company has decided to sit out the event.
The conference has been an important stage for PlayStation console reveals, yet the company is skipping out on E3 2020 for the reveal of the PS5
The information comes by way of GamesIndustry.biz who received the confirmation from a Sony Interactive Entertainment representative who stated:
“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.”
While we’re still unsure about what this specifically means, we can speculate that Sony will be holding various events independently rather than attending E3 2020. This would be a similar to their approach with the PlayStation Experience events (of which Sony hasn’t had since 2017). It is possible that the first event is the Experience PlayStation event starting in New York tomorrow.
We’re at the cusp of the reveal of the PlayStation 5, issuing a new console generation after 7 years of the PlayStation 4. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear any information.
In the meantime, be sure to check out Christian’s feature on why the power of the PlayStation 5 won’t matter.