E3s just over a month away, and as usual, the news in advance has given more insight into what we're not going to hear in the big gaming show. Late last year, Sony announced it would skip the big annual press conference during the event. The move means an absence for the gambling giant for the first time in almost a quarter of a century, as the company instead explores "new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019".
The mood should be familiar to those who follow the games industry. A few years ago, Nintendo took a similar step and renounced the personal press conference for the online Nintendo Direct Treehouse, which features new trailers. It's a method Nintendo has been following ever since.
The publisher of the game Square Enix has happily slipped into Sony's prime-time slot this week, leaving Microsoft the last of the three remaining major console manufacturers to hold a press conference in Los Angeles. Of course, the death of shows like E3 has been exaggerated over the years. These things tend to move in cycles, with much of the hype tied specifically to the new system.
Microsoft unpacked Xbox One S "All-Digital Edition" discs this month, and many are wondering what the company does. Could have sleeves for the June event. Earlier this week, Sony had missed the proposals that the PlayStation 5 will be released soon. The details are not surprisingly vague, but the company says the next-gen console will not arrive in the next six months.
Nintendo recently dismissed the rumors that there would be a low price version of the switch on its winning bid. The console was a wild success for the company after the disappointing Wii U, but the decline in sales points to Nintendo's long tradition of offering modified hardware. Rumors largely hinted at a more cost-effective version of the system, which can only be played in portable mode.
That does not mean we got a preview. Businesses love to pull things out, but it seems the big three are tempering the show's expectations. This opens up a few possibilities for other players ̵