E3 2019 has been the first edition ever with Sony not attending on the show floor nor having a press conference of sorts. The company has managed to gain some attention thanks to the livestream of Death Stranding leading to the release date and a brand new trailer, but that was it.
However, the news has not been welcomed as you would expect at Microsoft, and in a recent interview, Phil Spencer has made it clear that he would always like to see the biggest companies in gaming at E3 because that would make the entire industry stronger.
“I wish Sony was here; I wish Activision was here. I think E3 is not as good when they’re not here,” Spencer said. “We have to stand up as an art form and an industry and explain that we’re not just slack-jawed kids in basements swearing at each other and trying to headshot everybody.”
It’s worth remembering that Spencer is also in the board of ESA, the association that sets up the Electronic Entertainment Expo every year, so he has all the interest in seeing other companies involved in the organization. Sony’s Shawn Layden is in it, too, so it was bizarre to see the platform owner of PlayStation taking such decision.
As we get closer to the beginning of the next generation of consoles, there’s a chance that Sony might return at E3 next year since it’ll need all the traction possible leading into the launch of PlayStation 5.