Sony Head Says "No Hardware" Announcements at E3 2018 Amid PS5 Rumors

Sony Head Says "No Hardware" Announcements at E3 2018 Amid PS5 Rumors

We'll see.

Sony announced its E3 2018 showtimes today, which means all of the big three press conferences are accounted for. However Sony revealed some interesting plans for their E3 press conference including a focus on key titles, and apparently no hardware reveals. This is particularly interesting as rumors of the PlayStation 5 keep swirling.

The news comes from chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden who appeared on the PlayStation Blogcast to expand on the company's E3 plans. "There will be no new hardware announcements at E3," said Layden.

Instead, this year's conference will feature deep dives on four big PlayStation exclusives currently in development. That means in-depth looks into Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, Spider-Man, and The Last of Us Part 2.

The Last of Us Part 2

Layden says that Sony gets a "complete new report for everybody aout what is happening around [Death Stranding]," while a "full new scope and treatment to show progress" on The Last of Us Part 2 will be at E3 this year.

The news will disappoint some who were expecting to hear about a potential PS5, but Layden's assertion that no hardware announcement will be made lines up with reports from earlier this year. At the GamesBeat Summit, Ex-Sony Interactive chairman Andrew House said that he was still bullsih on the PS4, and other reports that the PS5 was still ways off. We have our own speculations about the PS5 which you can read about here.

Either way, it sounds like as of now the rumors that a new PS5 system is imminent are still just rumors, even if development is undoubtedly underway for the next console generation. For more on E3, check out our complete E3 2018 guide for the full event schedule.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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