Sony made waves when the company decided to skip E3 2019, favouring instead a more homegrown approach with their own dedicated showcase ahead of time. It was the first time in the show’s history that Sony was absent from the main stage, but it looks like it might be the new standard if industry insiders are to be believed.
VGC reports that their own (unnamed) sources have confirmed that Sony is not looking to made an appearance at E3 2020, and it’s backed up by Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.
Pachter told the publication: “As far as I know, [Sony] don’t plan to attend. I think that’s a huge mistake, as their ‘focus on the consumer’ is not inconsistent with their attendance at the premier industry trade show. I hope they change their minds, but am sceptical.”
If Sony doesn’t attend E3 2020, we definitely won’t be seeing the PS5 reveal during the event.
Looking into the history books, it’s never really been too likely that the PlayStation 5 reveal would be coming at E3. The PS Vita, PS4 and PS4 Pro were each revealed during singular PlayStation events, meaning it’s unlikely that Sony would change up their tried-and-tested formula for consoles.
When announcing its departure from E3 2019, Sony’s SIE Worldwide Chairman Shawn Layden opened up to CNET to admit the company felt the stage show was a little behind with the times.
Layden explained: “The world has changed, but E3 hasn’t necessarily changed with it,” referencing the way that E3 was set-up at a time before the internet.
When E3 was in its infancy, people got their gaming news from magazines rather the internet, and with instantly-available news via social media, it makes sense to say E3 is a little…old school.
Similarly, the next Xbox console was revealed during The Game Awards 2019, rather than at E3.
Although nothing has yet been confirmed by Sony, it’s looking like we won’t be seeing the PlayStation 5 at E3 2020.
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