Sony has released a statement claiming that it won’t be attending E3 2020. The announcement comes months before it plans to launch its upcoming Playstation 5 console. This will be the company’s second year in a row to skip the annual gaming event E3, short for Electronic Entertainment Expo which is held every June in Los Angeles.
“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have a great respect for the ESA as an organisation, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year,” a Sony spokesperson said to The Verge.
“We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in the hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel a part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to Playstation 4, and with the upcoming launch of Playstation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”
Sony is yet to confirm whether it is planning a single, splashy launch event for the PS5. After this announcement, Microsoft’s Phir Spencer took to Twitter to confirm that Xbox will be present in this year’s show. “Our team is hard at work on E3,” he tweeted. “We look forward to sharing with all who love to play what’s ahead of us.”
It is no secret that the E3’s impact has dwindled for the past few years. Due to streaming technology, companies like Nintendo prefer to hold their own direct events online. Last year, Sony skipped the show for the first time in its 24-years history. As for the PS5, it is expected to launch this holiday season. The company is slowly releasing the details, like its logo at CES 2020. The upcoming console will have PS4 backward compatibility and come with a solid-state drive, 8K support and ray tracing.
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