For the first time since it entered the console race, Sony will not be attending E3 2019.
E3 2019 will be the 25th convention of its kind. Sony's first appearance came with the announcement of the PlayStation. Since then, the software company has attended every convention after that, having a press conference and a presence on the show floor. When it was discussed whether Sony could hold an offsite video like Nintendo has done for the past five years or have a conference in another location, like EA, it was confirmed that neither would be the case. Sony said in a statement to Polygon:
“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.”
This is not the only major cancellation Sony has made. The company also confirmed that it will not be holding PlayStation Experience in 2018, a conference used to promote new hardware and games for the PlayStation systems. Sony has not elaborated on why exactly it is not attending E3, or what its absence means for future plans.
Sony is the only company who has dropped out of attending E3 2019. Microsoft and Nintendo are still "committed" to E3, and other companies, like Activision, Bethesda and Epic Games, are all scheduled to hold conferences there as well.