Phil Spencer Responds to PlayStation Skipping E3 2020

Phil Spencer Responds to PlayStation Skipping E3 2020

Without PlayStation at the show, Microsoft will have the next-gen stage to itself.

For the second year in a row, the console rivalry won't play out on the show floor of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Sony announced it would be skipping E3 2020 yesterday, but today, Xbox head Phil Spencer reaffirmed Microsoft's commitment to having a show presence.

Spencer tweeted that his team is "hard at work" on Xbox's E3 plans.

After yesterday's announcement that Sony would be skipping the show again, the ESA published a statement on the matter, saying "exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide."

Spencer lamented Sony's absence at last year's E3, saying during Giant Bomb's E3 livestream that E3 is "not as good when they're not here." Its show floor absence was also pretty noticeable.

But Sony's two-time absence, as well as issues like a leak of personal data, puts E3's status into question. Spencer and Xbox seem to be sticking to the show, but the question now is how other publishers end up feeling about the yearly inundation of news, trailers, and demos in Los Angeles, especially with a new generation of consoles looming overhead.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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