Sony’s PlayStation Experience conference, a celebration of all things PlayStation plus a few select reveals, won’t be held this year has confirmed Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman and Worldwide studio boss Shawn Layden. This follows speculation online over whether Sony would hold the conference again this year, the usual announcement date having passed.
The event has run concurrently for the past four years, held in the US during the month of December. PSX has been a platform for Sony to showcase upcoming games and news, though last year’s edition was somewhat lackluster with the focus shifting towards a smaller scale experience with panels and previously released game trailers rather than lavish, hype inducing reveals of previous years.
Layden explained on the PlayStation Blogcast that the decision was taken to sit out this year due to a lack of new and compelling content. He said ‘The reasons behind that really are we don’t have – we have a lot of progress that we’re making on our games and now that we have Spider-Man out the door, we’re looking down into 2019 to games like Dreams and Days Gone. But we wouldn’t have enough to bring people all together in some location in North America to have that event. We don’t want to set expectations really high and then not deliver on it. It was a hard decision, but we have determined that this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience’.
That’s it folks, no PSX this year, but we absolutely understand Sony’s appreciation of delivering an underwhelming experience. Its offering this year has been rather subdued when it comes to announcements with many big name exclusives already out of the box and numerous trailers circulating. We do hope it returns in future years when Sony’s stock of quality announcements is once again full to the brim.
Coincidentally, Microsoft announced X018 this week, a similarly-styled event showcasing all things Xbox, set for November 10-11th in Mexico City. Microsoft says fans can expect ‘news, first looks, and surprises’.