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Sony skipping E3 again as it gears up to launch the PlayStation 5

Sony is skipping E3 again, simply months earlier than it plans to launch its upcoming PlayStation 5 console throughout the 2020 vacation season. This is the second yr in a row Sony is skipping one in every of the largest online game conferences in the world. E3, brief for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is a long-running annual occasion held each June in Los Angeles, and it has historically been the place each Microsoft and Sony have revealed new particulars about upcoming software program and {hardware}.

“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year,” a Sony Interactive spokesperson tells The Verge. “We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel 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.”

It’s not clear whether or not Sony is planning a single, splashy launch occasion of its personal for the PS5. Microsoft determined to showcase its upcoming Xbox Series X throughout the Game Awards final month, and presumably it plans to reveal extra info throughout E3.

The PS5 is anticipated to launch this vacation season. The firm’s been sluggish to launch actual particulars thus far; at CES 2020, its huge tease was sharing the brand. The console may have PS4 backwards compatibility and ship with a stable state drive, as properly as assist 8K graphics and ray tracing. Yet little else is understood about the console, its software program lineup, or what it will even appear like.

Once the most vital present for the recreation business, E3’s affect has dwindling for the previous few years. As streaming has made it simpler than ever to watch information from house, corporations like Nintendo are opting to maintain their very own direct occasions on-line. Attendance fell final yr, whereas Sony skipped the present for the first time in its 24-year historical past. In August, the Entertainment Software Association doxed thousands of attendees, together with cellphone numbers and residential addresses, by means of poor safety.

In a statement, the Electronic Software Association, the online game commerce group that hosts E3, says it it is assured this yr’s present shall be an “exciting, high-energy” one.

“E3 is a signature event celebrating the video game industry and showcasing the people, brands and innovations redefining entertainment loved by billions of people around the world,” the ESA writes. “E3 2020 will be an exciting, high-energy show featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, activations, and programming that will entertain new and veteran attendees alike. Exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide.”

Update January 13th, 8:07PM ET: Added assertion from the ESA.

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