Sony will skip the E3 again, just a few months before it plans to launch its next PlayStation 5 console during the 2020 holiday season. This is the second year in a row that Sony skips one of the world’s largest video game conferences. E3, short for Electronic Entertainment Expo, is an annual long-term event held every June in Los Angeles, and it has traditionally been where Microsoft and Sony have revealed new details about the next software and hardware.
“After a thorough evaluation, SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for ESA as an organization, but we do not believe that the vision of E3 2020 is the right place for what we are focused on this year.” Sony Interactive spokesman says The edge. “We will develop our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of events for consumers worldwide. Our goal is to make sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line of titles for PlayStation 4, and with the next release of PlayStation 5, we really look forward to a year of celebration with our fans. “
It’s unclear if Sony is planning a unique and eye-catching launch event for the PS5. Microsoft decided to showcase its next Xbox Series X during the Game Awards last month, and presumably plans to reveal more information during E3.
The PS5 is expected to launch this holiday season. The company has been slow to reveal real details so far; at CES 2020, its great provocation was to share the logo. The console will be compatible with earlier versions of PS4 and will be shipped with a solid state drive, in addition to supporting 8K graphics and ray tracing. However, little else is known about the console, its line of software or how it will look.
Once the most important show for the gaming industry, the impact of E3 has diminished in recent years. As the broadcast has made watching news from home easier than ever, companies like Nintendo are choosing to make their own direct events online. Attendance declined last year, while Sony skipped the program for the first time in its 24-year history. In August, the Entertainment Software Association fooled thousands of attendees, including phone numbers and home addresses, due to poor security.