Sony has confirmed that it once again will not be attending E3, but you can still look forward to a show put on by the team in green. Xbox head Phil Spencer took to Twitter to put minds at rest by staying that Microsoft will be attending E3 2020. It's business as usual for the Redmond-based company then this June, assumedly joined by the likes of Nintendo, Ubisoft, and Bethesda in revealing what's next for video games.
In a tweet sent out overnight, Spencer said that the firm looks forward to showing the world what it has been working on. “Our artform has consistently been propelled by the cross-section of creativity and technical progress. 2020 is a milestone year in that journey for Team Xbox.“
Much of its show will, of course, be dedicated to further revealing the Xbox Series X and its line-up of games. Don’t be surprised when those titles are also announced for Xbox One, however. No matter what happens, it's going to be interesting to see how Microsoft uses the limelight in Sony’s absence once more. Will third-party developers flock to the Xbox show in order to show off their next big projects? Possibly -- as long as PlayStation doesn’t schedule a conference around the same time somehwere completely off-site.
What do you think of Microsoft’s commitment to E3? Make a world premiere in the comments below.
Technically the xbox event is off site so not actually at E3, its just on at the same time. Sony are making the right decision, they hold an event in March for example all the news is about them, not mixed up with all the other stuff going on.
@Lyonjak I also think they have to reveal the games alongside the console. Just a console reveal alone is quite boring IMO. So skipping E3 makes sense. Why show the same games again?
Cool, I look forward to seeing Microsoft's show.
Looking at the PS4 reveal, event was 20th Feb 2013, teased at the end of Jan 2013. That worked so you could see them doing something similar.
Lets go for Wednesday 19th February 2020 for the reveal event. PS5 release 20th November. Cost £450.
On the actual subject of the News story, I'm also interested in what Microsoft will be showing.
...I think for the launch of a brand new console, you should take every opportunity to show it off - that way it stays in everyone's consciousness... MS will go to town on the new Series X - I think PS5 is going to have a serious fight on its hands next gen... Game Pass is in place, MS has bought a bevvy of new studios (amazingly talented ones) and is poised for a slew of exclusives - with the power to back it up... they failed hard with the original XB1 - overpriced, with kinect, all the talk of digitial only, TVTVTV, etc. - but there's no denying that XB1X is the best console currently (power-wise, 4K disc support-wise, Atmos-wise, TV passthrough-wise, etc.) and there's no reason to think they're not going to build on this... I think Sony are resting on their laurels a bit too much... (having said this, I'll be upgrading my Pro to a 5 as the jump will be bigger than XB1X to XBSX) and avidly waiting PSVR 2.0!
@OneManDroid Been wondering about this too. I generally prefer Sony's exclusives and I'd be surprised if that wasn't the case again with PS5 (Spider-Man 2 and Bloodborne 2 alone would do it) but I'm definitely going to be watching both carefully. Loved my X360 back in the day and IMO Microsoft has Sony beat with overall hardware design (love the X1 controllers) so we'll see.
I wonder if they will bloat there show like they did last year. Their approach was "oh Sony aren't here, let's show as much as possible".
They always fluff up expectations and then when e3 comes their show is an absolute letdown. they do it every year. There is always a chance things will be different but i say that every year.
Cool I guess, I have gamepass pc so maybe I'll watch their shows to see their 1st party games, can't wait to try the games since I have 2 years of gamepass pc
Why should anybody care if they or anybody is at E3? "I refuse to watch a stream of a new console unless it is at E3. It feels wrong if it's in a different room".
Any reveal will be the same no matter where it is.
not surprising, E3 is all about XBOX after all, they are the ones who always get the best times and the big stage (imagine that, the American company getting the best at an American event)
@OneManDroid Couldn't have said it better. I do love my PS4 Pro and I will use it for a trade-in for a PS5; but I can't help but feel like Microsoft isn't pulling any punches with Series X.
Historically, Sony has had some of the best exclusives (along with Nintendo), but Microsoft has opened that financial umbrella up to a lot of new blood that could make room for some great games. And what a financial umbrella it is!
I am looking forward to seeing how next-gen is going to play out. I will be owning both a PS5 and Series X, so I won't miss out, but I can't wait to see the full reveals of each system.
I'm gonna say it now. I have a gut feeling Sony isnt going to do a reveal event for the PS5. With how they've been delivering info the last year I can see them revealing it through those lame Wired interviews. I hate how Sony is doing things now. I get we live in an era where information is at your fingertips, but the way they are conveying what there doing is boring and unexciting.
I'm sure their event/conference will be quite good. Though I doubt it'll move the needle for me personally I'm still looking forward to watching it.
I'm sure it's going to be the biggest Xbox E3 ever in the history of Mankind on Earth in the Universe of this dimension.
I hope Xbox goes ham, and reveals cool stuff. Even as a PlayStation guy, I'm always rooting for Xbox to blow me away. More great games out there, the better.
@YozenFroghurt I completely agree, but with this new Sony I could totally seeing them not doing it.
@Ken_Kaniff yet it's clearly working for them since ps5 is all around the big web.
the smallest reveals they do always get big responses by the public.
and i'm 100% sure they will do a ps5 reveal event. way to many rumors point to that. and while sony loves to dripfeed info ( and with success) they are not so stupid to ignore a ps5 reveal event. just not at e3 this time.
@YozenFroghurt Microsoft's recent shows have had a lot of games in them, especially third party, so they're bound to show off some things that I'd really enjoy. Plus new console generations are always interesting times, so I'd be up for hearing more about Microsoft's next console.
Microsoft has a the opportunity to make a massive impact this year with Series X. A new Xbox console with a Halo launch game..? Yes please!
I’m way more interested in what Sony has in store with PS5, but I am curious to see what Microsoft does at E3.
Am I the only one who feels like every time Phil tweets "oh guess what we're going to E3" it just makes them look desperate?
E3 hasn't been exciting in years and even watching the Xbox shows it's just full of multiplats and boredom.
I just wait for the headlines now but feel that E3 has truly become irrelevant in this day and age of social media and streaming platforms.
Going the Nintendo Direct route would be a smart move. Drip feed your information throughout the year and save money on a big flashy show.
Xbox (who desperately need traction) are turning up, but Sony, Nintendo and EA aren't? Says a lot really.
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