A new report has suggested that Sony may be skipping this year’s E3 conference.
E3 is a trade-only gaming conference that takes place every July and is often an event where video games and consoles are announced and shown. However, Sony skipped the E3 2019 event and new rumours suggest that the tech firm could be skipping this year’s conference too.
In an interview with VGC, video game analyst and insider Michael Pachter claimed that Sony has no plans to attend this year’s conference, saying: “As far as I know, [Sony] doesn’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 [I] am sceptical.”
VGC’s report on the interview stated that while there’s a chance Sony may still attend, the Xbox events team are reportedly working under the assumption that PlayStation will not be at E3 2020 and have upped their plans accordingly to steal the show.
It was previously rumoured that Sony would have used the conference as a platform to unveil its PlayStation 5 console. Following the news, it’s now thought that Sony may instead unveil the console earlier.
The PlayStation 4 unveiled at a PlayStation event in February 2013 and a similar meeting is scheduled to take place between February and March this year, suggesting that we may be getting a first look at the next-generation PlayStation as soon as next month.
Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier also believes that Sony will be skipping out on the event and instead hosting its own. On Twitter, the journalist wrote: “E3 is in the worst shape it’s ever been — last year it was half empty, and that was before they doxed thousands of attending journalists — so Sony skipping again would make total sense. I’d expect them to announce their own big PS5 event(s) instead.”
Although it seems that Sony will be pulling out of the event, Microsoft, who attended last year, have implied that they will be making an appearance this year.
PlayStation 5 Exclusives
The news comes just days after Xbox confirmed that it will not have exclusive games at launch (Games that can only be played on next-generation consoles). Microsoft has confirmed that games developed for the upcoming Xbox Series X console will also be available on the current Xbox One systems and on PCs.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 console, however, will support exclusive games, according to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier who stated the news on the publication’s Split Screen podcast. However, it’s believed that many game developers will continue to launch games that are both compatible with the PS4 and PS5 systems.
Sony has yet confirmed what the exclusive games will be but there are rumours that a Demon’s Souls remake is in the works along with a new Ratchet & Clank game and Gran Turismo 7. If the rumours of a Sony event in February are true, we may see official announcements very soon.
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