Second year in a row.
Sony’s presence at major conferences over the past year or so has been a major talking point in the industry- not only have they skipped their annual year-end show PSX for two years in a row, they also skipped E3 in 2019, making it the first E3 ever that Sony wasn’t there. And if a new report is anything to go by, they might end up skipping E3 once again this year.
VGC recently published an analysis report of when the PS5 could be revealed, a section of which talked about Sony’s plans for E3. The report claims that sources tell VGC that Sony might end up not attending E3 2020, though it isn’t a decision that’s been locked in just yet. That said, VGC also claims that Microsoft is working under the assumption that Sony will indeed be absent from E3 once again, and are hence ramping up their plans to capitalize on that.
Meanwhile, industry analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities also believes that Sony won’t be present at E3 in June of this year. “As far as I know, they don’t plan to attend,” he says. “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.”
The question, then, is when exactly the PS5 will be revealed if Sony do indeed decide to skip E3 once more. The most obvious answer to that question is that Sony might hold a PlayStation Meeting reveal event for the console, similar to what they did for the PS4 in February 2013. And sure enough, recent reports have indicated that a PS5 reveal event is indeed scheduled for next month. Read more on that through here.