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When is Sony’s E3 2021 showcase?

Sorry, but PlayStation won’t officially be at E3 2021

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If you’re keeping an eye on E3 2021 news and announcements and wondering to yourself, “Hey, when is Sony going to show up at E3?” I have some potentially bad news: Unlike Nintendo and Xbox, PlayStation will not be participating at E3 this year. There is no PlayStation press conference, no State of Play, and no other streaming events for PlayStation on the E3 2021 schedule.

Sony Interactive Entertainment hasn’t been at E3 since 2018. Since then, the PlayStation maker has opted to go its own way, focusing its efforts on stand-alone streams called State of Play — the PlayStation version of a Nintendo Direct — and gaming events like Tokyo Game Show. Sony’s most recent State of Play was all about Horizon Forbidden West, the sequel to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn. We don’t know when Sony’s next State of Play will be, but it almost assuredly won’t happen during E3 2021 proper, which runs June 12-15.

In the meantime, you can check out the full list of company’s participating at E3 2021 and when they’ll stream their newest games and announcements.

Why doesn’t Sony show at E3 anymore? Well, according to the company, it’s all part of the gaming industry’s evolution. In a statement released in 2019, Sony said that the company “continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community.”

“PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers,” Sony said at the time. “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.”

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