The big no show of this year's E3 was Sony. It's the first time the publisher hasn't attended E3 and, when it announced it wasn't going to attend, it was a sign we'd be waiting a while longer before we got a good look at the next PlayStation console. Even though it is getting a couple of behind closed doors presentations around the world, it's not ready for the world stage. But it's not just the public who are missing Sony, so is its competitor, Microsoft.
"I wish Sony was here," head of Xbox Phil Spencer said on the Giant Bomb livestream. He was also sorry to see Activision give the show a miss. "E3 is not as good when they're not here."
Of course, it's meant a lot more press for Microsoft. The publisher revealed its new console, Xbox Scarlett. Though it didn't show off the hardware itself, Microsoft did openly talk about some of the console's capabilities - 120fps and 8K resolutions. It also announced that Halo Infinite would be a spiritual reboot for the series and that it would be a launch title for the next console.
All in all, Microsoft talked about 60 upcoming games in its show. For a console marred by its lack of exclusives, the company has taken the opportunity in recent years to flood its conferences with game announcements. While many of those games weren't exclusive to Xbox, they were going to be a part of the conference, showing off that the Xbox had no shortage of games - even if you would eventually be able to pick them up on PlayStation, too.
The big push in the last two Xbox conferences has been to show how games on Xbox tie into its Game Pass subscription. All major first party titles are released on Game Pass on day one of release and now, too, a great many indie games launch on Game Pass. Recently, that's meant games like Outer Wilds, which has been receiving amazing reviews across the press, are immediately available to subscribers.
While Sony may not have been at E3 this year, that's not to say Sony won't have anything to announce in 2019. I'm interested to see how large its presence at Gamescom in August will be, or Paris Games week in October. And, of course, Sony might put on its own event, it's already started running PlayStation State of Play directs to make game announcements.What would you like to have seen from Sony at E3? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. And, while you're at it, why not check out the GAMINGbible Snapchat?
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