Sony to skip E3 again as Microsoft confirms attendance
For the second year running, Sony is set to skip E3 – meaning there will be no PlayStation presence despite the PS5’s impending launch.
On the other hand, Phil Spencer – executive vice president of gaming at Microsoft – has confirmed Xbox will attend the event.
From now until the end of the year, there are many notable releases for PlayStation, such as The Last of Us Part II and Sony’s next-generation console launch.
It feels E3 does not align with its own vision and instead it is opting to attend hundreds of consumer events worldwide to promote its flagship products, reports The Verge.
It makes some sense for it to follow its own ideas, since it has obliterated its rival in the current console war and skipped the major event last year without much consequence in both hype and sales.
Elsewhere, Spencer tweeted: “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.”
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
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 14, 2020
This could be a hinting that the Xbox Series X will be showcased during the affair, but at the same time, it has emerged there will be no Microsoft-developed exclusives for the next-generation machine until at least one year after launch.
While this might leave much to be desired in the eyes of some fans, huge titles such as Halo Infinite will still be released for the Xbox One alongside the Series X, meaning new trailers, gameplay footage and so on could be unveiled at E3.
On Sony’s side, there hasn’t been much revealed about which consumer events it will attend, except for its note it will be in the ‘hundreds’.
It will, however, continue to host its series of livestreams titled ‘State of Play’ through which it routinely breaks news and provides trailers and gameplay of its own.
It has since announced the ‘Experience PlayStation’ event which is set to commence on February 16.
It has only confirmed PS5 and PS VR games, but it is possible the PS5 will finally be unveiled – especially when considering Microsoft has already showcased the Series X.
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