Is PSX 2020 happening? Will PlayStation Experience return with PS5 as the focus?

In the past Sony have used PlayStation Experience not just as a glorified fan event, but equally as an important tentpole for console announcements and reveals.

We recall back in 2016, sitting in the Anaheim Convention Center as PlayStation unveiled the first trailers for The Last of Us Part 2 and Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy.

A year later, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wastes, Shadow of the Colossus, Monster Hunter World and the Medievil reboot was announced.

Suffice to say, Sony take this event seriously.

But in the same breath, they’re also not afraid to skip the annual PlayStation when the time doesn’t suit.

In 2018, PlayStation Experience didn’t return, with then Sony Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden confirming that a lack of announcements made the situation impossible.

"We wouldn't have enough to bring people all together in some location in North America to have that event," Layden said during Sony's promotional blogcast.

"We don't want to set expectations really high and not deliver on it. It was a hard decision, but we have determined that this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience."

True to form, Sony also failed to put on a PlayStation Experience in 2019. Which isn’t all too surprising since the company also stepped away from E3 2019, once more citing that they didn’t have enough to show to warrant putting on a show.

So where does this leave fans as we head into 2020? Will PlayStation Experience return once again later this year?

The answer is anything but simple and at the time of writing there’s no official confirmation on what Sony’s stance is.

However, you would imagine that with a new console launch planned for the end of 2020, that Sony might have plenty of reasons to once again put on a show.

If not just to promote the new console, but also to give a push for any new games.

And even if there’s a lack of console exclusives, you would imagine that Sony would have plenty to discuss in simply showcasing how cross-gem games will benefit from the new system.

We can picture it now; a series of trailers, panels, and game stations all set up with the sole purpose of not just pushing exclusive PlayStation 5 content, but PS4 also, with explicit examples showing how it functions across all PlayStation devices.

Of course, at the moment, it’s not entirely clear if Sony will even be showing up at E3 2020.

We would have initially thought so, with Sony obviously having a big job on showcasing their new console to the world ahead of launch.

However, a report this week from Video Games Chronical (VGC) once again raises questions about Sony attending the show.

“We understand that Xbox’s events team is working under the assumption that PlayStation will not be at E3 2020 and upping its plans accordingly,” writes VGC editor, Andy Robinson.

In addition to VGC’s own sources, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter also told VGC that he believes Sony might not return to E3 for a second year running.

“As far as I know, they don’t plan to attend,” he said.

“I think that’s a huge mistake, as their ‘focus on the consumer’ is not inconsistent with their attendance at the premier industry trade show. I hope they change their minds, but am sceptical.”

If Sony does choose to go it alone, instead focussing their efforts on delivering key messages to fans at select standalone PlayStation events throughout 2020, we imagine, and hope, that PlayStation Experience might once again return later this year.

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