Sony Skipping E3 2019, What Does it Mean for PS5 Release Date?

For the first time in the history of Sony Interactive Entertainment, it won’t be appearing at E3. Sony is going to miss E3 2019, an event where many speculated the company will show PS5 and its release date.

Sony skipping E3 2019 pretty confirms the console’s release for 2020. Sony held back many of its new announcements at E3 2018 and mostly addressed previously announced video games like The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, and others. At the time it was odd that Sony didn’t show any major but it made sense, PS5 is closing in on release and the company wanted to save its biggest announcements for PS5.

As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community. PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.

And since now we are hearing Sony is skipping E3 2019, it is safe to say PS5 release date will be set somewhere in Fall 2020. We can expect an announcement at PlayStation Experience next year while a proper reveal should be scheduled for E3 2019.

This fits earlier predictions made by several industry pundits.

PS5 dev kits are currently available to various developers. If we are to make a guess, Kojima Productions, Guerilla Games, Sony Santa Monica, Sony Japan Studio, and other first party developers already have PS5 dev kits.

Third-party developers like Activision has a strong partnership with Sony. The publisher should have a PS5 dev kit right now as well. In fact, Square Enix is working on a AAA game for PS5 as well.

One of the lead developers at Luminous Productions accidentally posted about the game at his LinkedIn profile. The profile was later edited to remove any mention of Square Enix’s PS5 game.

It seems Sony plans to hold back all o fits major announcements for PS5.  E3 2020 is going to be an exciting event for sure.

On the other hand, since Sony won’t be at E3 2019 Microsoft has the floor to itself. While we may not see Xbox Scarlett at E3 next year, although it is rumored to appear, Microsoft is expected to make big announcements for Xbox One and Xbox One X.

Microsoft has acquired many studios for its first-party lineup and most of the studio is currently working on projects for Xbox Scarlett. The console is expected to release in 2021, a whole year after PS5’s release date.  Microsoft has a native 4K console, Xbox One X, it doesn’t need new hardware for the time being.