Sony Will Skip E3 for Second Year in a Row

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Sony Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that one of the biggest companies in gaming won’t be attending the biggest trade show in gaming, E3 2020.

“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020,” said a Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson to GamesIndustry.biz. “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. 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.”

In recent years, Sony has been using their own Nintendo Direct-like streamed broadcast called State of Play. These broadcasts allow Sony to dominate the surrounding news cycle with a digital event all to themselves. It’s worked well for Nintendo for several years, though Sony’s have been more lackluster.

A spokesperson from the Entertainment Software Association, which runs E3, responded to the news with the following: “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. 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.”

Sony’s PlayStation 5 will launch this holiday season. E3 2020 takes place June 9-11 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Sony Reveals PlayStation 5 Logo, PlayStation 4 Over 100 Million Sold

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CES 2020 is a bit too early for either Sony or Microsoft to be showing anything substantial of their upcoming console releases. But that didn’t stop Sony President Jim Ryan from appearing on stage to announce the official logo of the PlayStation 5.

Shockingly it uses the same 3D PS symbol with the new PS5 abbreviation. Might as well stick with what works.

Ryan repeated the same PlayStation 5 features that Sony had previously revealed last year, including 3D audio sound, haptic feedback controllers, ray tracing and a solid state drive.

The keynote presentation also revealed sales numbers for the PlayStation 4, as well as active users and PS Plus subscribers. Since its release in 2013, the PS4 has sold 106 million units, making it one of the best-selling consoles of all time, ahead of the original PlayStation and Nintendo Wii, and behind the Game Boy/Game Boy Color.

Sony still holds the record for the number one best-selling console with the PlayStation 2 at around 155 million units sold.

Bolstering that impressive PS4 sales number are over 1.15 billion PS4 games sold, and 5 million PSVR units. The PlayStation network currently sees 103 million active users, over a third (38.8 million) of who are PlayStation Plus subscribers.

“I am very pleased to see that so many PlayStation fans value the unparalleled entertainment experience on PS4,” said Ryan. “This has been made possible by the support we have from our partners and fans since launching PlayStation in 1994, and I would like to truly thank everyone. We’ve consistently delivered innovative products like PlayStation VR, which has reached its 5 million unit sales milestone. There is much more entertainment experience to look forward to that the PlayStation ecosystem will provide that we can’t wait to share with our fans.”

The PlayStation 5 will launch this Holiday season.