Sony confirmed in late 2018 that it would not attend E3 2019 because it was looking for other "inventive opportunities" to connect with its own community.
"PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019," a PlayStation representative said at the time.
Sony, too, tried something new with its E3 2018 briefing. The company opted to conduct a somewhat-bizarre "guided experience" that focused on just four games over the course of the evening. The reaction from the community was mixed.
E3 2019 isn't the only major event this year that Sony is skipping. The company recently confirmed it will not host its annual PlayStation Experience this year. "We wouldn't have enough to bring people all together in North America to have that event," PlayStation boss Shawn Layden said. "We don't want to set expectations really high and then not deliver on that. It was a hard decision, but we have determined that this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience."
I get where they are coming from. But it would have been nice to see them and the PS5. Especially sense then and Microsoft have partnered up together. It is sadly what it is. Hopefully behind the closed doors their working on many great things.