In a shocking twist of events, Sony has announced that they will not be appearing at E3 next year in any way, shape, or form. Sony not appearing at the event to show off the PlayStation brand will mark a first for E3’s 24-year-long history. Some of E3’s best moments were provided by Sony, from the infamous price reveal of the PlayStation 1 to the other infamous price reveal of the PlayStation 4.
Usually Sony holds their own event called PlayStation Experience (PSX), but this year they’ve decided not to hold that event either. Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Shawn Layden had this to say about PSX: “Now that we have Spider-Man out the door, we’re looking down in 2019 to games like Dreams and Days Gone but we wouldn’t have enough to bring people altogether in some location in North America to have that event. We don’t want to set expectations really high and then not deliver on it.”
PlayStation definitely did not deliver at this year’s E3, holding an underwhelming Press Conference that showed very little in terms of new announcements and a questionable stage show involving 5-minute segments of music for no particular reason.
Whatever is happening over at Sony, we hope that this will only be temporary and that they will return to E3 2020. Looks like we won’t see a PlayStation 5 announcement next year.