PlayStation Won't Attend E3 2019, Sony Confirms

Sony is skipping next year's big game expo.

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Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has traditionally been the biggest gaming event of the year. The industry's major players, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, have all had a regular presence at the show, but it appears Sony won't be a part of next year's event.

The ESA--the company that organizes E3--has shared the first details about E3 2019, and Sony will not have a presence there. The publisher is notably absent from the list of companies that have already committed to the event, among them its biggest console competitors, Microsoft and Nintendo, as well as other major publishers like Take-Two, Ubisoft, Activision, and more.

Sony has confirmed it plans to skip next year's E3. "As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community," the company said in a statement to GameSpot. "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. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can't wait to share our plans with you."

This will mark the first time Sony has opted to skip E3 since it entered the video game business in the mid-90s, although other companies have similarly begun to reevaluate their E3 showings in recent years. Microsoft notably moved nearly its entire presence offsite to the Microsoft Theater for E3 2018, with only Mixer present on the showfloor, while Nintendo has forgone live press conferences in favor of pre-recorded video presentations for the past several years. Sony, too, tried something different with its E3 2018 showing by focusing primarily on four of its upcoming games and presenting them through a "guided experience," which garnered a mixed reaction from viewers.

The ESA's E3 2019 announcement also included positive remarks from both Microsoft and Nintendo.

"E3 is an outstanding opportunity for us to share new games and experiences with fans and business partners from across the globe," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. "Every year, we discuss what will be the best way for us to take advantage of the next E3 show in order to bring smiles to people's faces."

"E3 is an incredible platform to showcase the vibrancy and creativity of the video game industry," said Xbox boss Phil Spencer. "The ESA continues to expand the event's reach to fans and the industry, both in attendance and online, and we look forward to what's ahead at E3 2019."

Despite opting out of next year's E3, Sony doesn't appear to have cut its ties with the ESA. The company is still listed as a member on the ESA's website, so it is still paying membership fees and supporting the organization in that way.

E3 2019 isn't the only major event Sony is skipping. The company recently confirmed it will not host its annual PlayStation Experience this year. "We won't have it in the States this year," worldwide studios head Shawn Layden revealed on the PlayStation Blogcast. "Now that we have Spider-Man out the door, we're looking down into 2019 games like Dreams and Days Gone. But we wouldn't have enough to bring people all together in North America to have that event. 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."

While video game companies may be rethinking their traditional approach to E3, the expo continues to be a major event. "E3 2018 broke records, and we sold out of both exhibit space and attendee badges," Stanley Pierre-Louis, interim CEO of ESA, said. "We are confident that, through the continued creative innovations delivered by our participating member companies, E3 2019 will deliver the same kind of excitement and energy. This year, we're looking forward to expanding E3 beyond the walls of the LACC and connecting gamers and attendees with incredible video game content throughout the entire LA Live complex."

E3 2019 takes place June 11-13. It is notably the final show confirmed for the Los Angeles Convention Center--the venue it has traditionally been held in for much of its history. Former ESA CEO Michael Gallagher had previously said the organization may pursue other options if the LACC does not modernize and upgrade the facility.

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Well... ok. Wtf Sony? Investors wont like that very much... just sayin...

Anyone watching the market/investors flocking to MS can clearly see that MS is about to take over gaming... and thats not good because each market needs competition.

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@pongman75: calm down. if anything, microsoft has one last chance remaining with xbox before they pull out of gaming for good. i mean, they got trounced this gen. to be honest, xbox wouldn't even be missed since it is essentially a pc brand now. what you get on xbox you get on pc...

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@Xristophoros: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2018/11/17/report-microsoft-working-on-a-radical-new-xbox-for-2019/amp/

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@pongman75: lol... that is just the disc-less x1 sku. so what? that is not going to save xbox this gen... people are still hoping for a comeback in year 6? you guys are nuts.

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@Xristophoros: what exactly is MS coming back from? MS doesnt sell more games or consoles than Sony, but it doesnt make MS a dead company. McDonalds sells more burgers than Burger King, but Burger King does just fine. Same for the gaming industry. MS aint goin nowhere lol. "Pull out of gaming for good." WOW. Really?

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@pongman75:

Actually now that you mention it a lot of Burger Kings are shutting down in Europe (some cities don't have them anymore) will most likely unfortunately completely disappear in the next few years and we see more McDonald's almost every other week either announced or already in full operation... Just saying.

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@pongman75: 2:1 sales disparity with ps4? lack of 1st party exclusives? are you trying to say that microsoft should be happy with how this generation has gone down?

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@Xristophoros: Those reasons are fanboy reasons. Not logical ones. MS has games, regardless where they come from. Sony outsold em 2 to 1 yes. And it did NOTHING to MS as far as eliminating them from the market, or hurting thier market shares (which are lightyears higher than Sonys). I still dont get what youre saying

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@pongman75: no, your damage control is an illogical fanboy argument. i don't know what planet you have been living on, but take a step back and look over how this entire console generation has gone. from the very first announcement of the x1 it was all downhill from there and microsoft never truly recovered. microsoft has one more chance to prove itself... if it can't be competitive next generation, it will drop the xbox for good. you cannot be competitive if your console does not sell overseas... the weekly sales in japan are laughably bad... they often sell between 50-100 x1 consoles a week in japan... its lifetime total in japan is only 100k units... i mean, those are the ugliest sales i have ever seen for hardware. microsoft is clearly ashamed and embarrassed by its numbers, even in the west. i am sure they are thankful to have such blind loyalists such as yourself who will defend their every wrong move and poor performance.

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@Xristophoros: im a pc gamer. And if MS is doing so bad, then why is their market shares exploding out the roof? MS xbox aint goin away dude..The X1X is selling well too. And now you can get it for 399$. How much is a PS4 pro?

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@pongman75: im referring specifically to their xbox division. not microsoft on the whole. i do like their surface line of products, even if they are far too expensive and overvalued. it is no secret that the xbox division has never been very profitable for microsoft, dating back to the original xbox. there were rumours for years that microsoft would finally pull the plug on xbox. even the 360 didn't sell as well as people think it did... due to all the hardware failures it had, many people purchased multiple 360 consoles, which inflated their sales numbers by 25%-50%. in hindsight, the 360 would have sold comparably to the x1 -- about 40-50m units in its lifetime. due to xbox being more and more similar to a pc every day that passes, there is less incentive to get one if people can just stick with their pc instead and get the same software library. sony and nintendo make their hardware more desirable simply by keeping the majority of their catalogue exclusive.

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@Xristophoros: broken xboxes did NOT inflate sales by 25 to 50%. Do you have a source for that? Look dude, MS aint goin nowhere. No matter how many upvotes and comment you have lol. Its funny to watch you type encyclopedias defending that black thing you choose to play games on (which i have also) . The message here is "stop whining and conribute something better than DEATH to MS". I think there are great games on all plats. We should let each other enjoy them.

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@pongman75: MSFT the stock is doing well because their Azure cloud platform is keeping up competition with Amazon's AWS. Gaming is a tangential play to most Microsoft investors.

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@pongman75: You don't know much about investing, do you? If Sony can get their message across via their own conferences and their own streams, without shutting things down and spending a whole whack of money just to attend one conference, then shareholders will be much happier.

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@Barighm: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2018/11/17/report-microsoft-working-on-a-radical-new-xbox-for-2019/amp/

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Well... ok. Wtf Sony? Investors wont like that very much... just sayin...

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I'm kinda of glad. Last years conference was absolutely terrible. No conference should have more footage of people walking to a different hall than there was of a single trailer. Hopefully they won't hire homeless people to play instruments again.

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If they do something in VR, that would be cool. Not really practical though. Not everyone has PSVR. Would be cool, though.

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It is okay. I've been loving the exclusives and have yet to play some, so it is a good chance for me to catch up.

I want effing Bethesda Game Studios to show something!

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time to update the hardware

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They didn't want to be a part of this years 'cringe compilations'

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I think the most likely reason for this is they have shown the roadmap for the ps4 end days (Tsushima, TLOU2 and death stranding) so another show with more trailers for those three games would be a meh type showing. The other two possibilities are they truly are done with e3 and maybe will bing back psx in a big way or lastly that ps5 is coming and they want to announce it either slightly earlier or later than e3. Spring of 2020 launch could mean e3 would be too early an unveiling. Fall 2019 e3 could be too late an unveiling

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And MS will put on a desperate show at E3 2019 to try and keep some gamers before it's destroyed by Sony's mind blowing PS5 announcement.

If you reply negatively to this comment, you're a salty xbox fanboy. Don't do it.:)

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@strrckshn: I'm not an Xbox fanboy but you're just setting yourself up for disappointment by expecting a "mind blowing PS5 announcement."

Wait until they show something impressive before you hype it for them.

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Wow comments section is full of millennials who are too lazy (or stupid) to read. Not having a E3 conference... doesn't mean they aren't having their own show. In fact the article eludes to the fact that Sony plans to have their own event. LRN2READ

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@whatsazerg: a conjecture and a fact are total opposites. Now who can't read?

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They'll focus more on PSX and Tokyo Game Show, would assume they were at E3 for competition reasons and that showed in their last E3 (lackluster) but now they have this gen under their belt, quite likely next too, there is no need to pay E3 anymore.

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@berrlett: Exactly man. The PlayStation Experience will be where we learn about the PS5, PSN & PSVR. Why pay E3 when they have established their own event. Every generation they will have new systems + their back catalog. I see PlayStation Experience growing even though it is cancelled for this year. When they have announce the PlayStation 5 they will have the back catalog for PS4, PS3, PS2, PS1, PSVita, PSP & PSVR. They have enough inventory to leave E3 now they are no longer new kids on the block.

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This generation has been pretty dry on AAA games. Remember the action-packed 2004 E3? I truly miss the 6th generation when gaming was at its peak.

So many development studios have since shut down, merged with other studios and/or lost their creativity due the increased development cost and monetization schemes.

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@cboye18: yeah man, I feel like that too. It's arguable where or when the nostalgia starts, but if the next year dissapoints then it will make the creativity crisis of this medium more evident.

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Does this make sense...?

"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."

We like to delight gamers so much that we're not gonna show you anything and just let you wallow in your delight.

It would be cool if they let all games that would be shown at E3 be playable as demos on everybody's PS4's instead though.

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@Vodoo: Actually, Sony will delight gamers with nothing but the PS5 to show. Just not at E3. Skipping this year's PSX and next year's E3 simply point to the fact that Sony is focusing its energies at an early 2019 PS5 reveal event.

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@Vodoo: Yeah it makes sense... they will have their own event, similar to PSX

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Bravo -- someone needed to go first. Could attend 4 smaller confs for the money E3 requires.

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I always said PS5 in 2020. If they're not doing a show in 2019, that means they probably won't launch the console in 2019 either. Now it almost looks like a PS5 in 2021 because they usually show the system the year before it launches to build hype. I mean they could announce it at E3 2020 and launch it a few months later to keep MS on their toes. But they usually like to build hype and let the word get out to non gamers.

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@Vodoo: I guess your memory ran a little short there, bro. The PS4 was revealed on an exclusive event in February 2013, the very same year it launched. Not at E3, not the year before release. And that strategy has apparently worked quite well.

My understanding is that Sony is skipping this year's PSX and next year's E3 because it's focusing energies on the PS5 reveal event - in Q1 2019. You see, it should take place right in between both aforementioned events. So it makes perfect sense for Sony to concentrate the attention on its own event.

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@gfantini: You, sir, are correct. I forgot about PSX. I still think 2020 though. When Sony is making a killing on the PS4, I don't think they will jump to the PS5. Don't forget that console generations are getting longer. The next gen consoles should most likely be capable of 4K at 60 fps on every game, at minimum, if not 8K capable. I'm not saying every game will meet that, just that the systems should be capable of it to be a significant jump over the 4K we have now.

There are still plenty of people using 1080 tv's and a lot of great games scheduled to come out, like those 2 Samurai games and the biker game (Don't know if that's Days Gone). A company usually intoduces a new product when the current one starts to significantly dip in revenue. Being Sony is making more money on PS4 related stuff now, I just don't think they would leave money on the table like that, as a publicly traded company.

Hopefully I'm wrong and we see a PS5 next year. I'm just not getting my hopes up and then we hear nothing.

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@Vodoo: Your points are all valid, but you're falling into a mindset trap: you assume the next transition will be similar to the previous ones when, in fact, it will be radically different. And the reason is that, for the very first time, the next PlayStation will be architecturally identical to the previous model. Yes, CPUs and GPUs will be internally differently but, in the eyes of developers, there will be no significant difference.

On top of that, the PS5 will be backwards compatible with the PS4. Not through some expensive voodoo magic like the first PS3s, or through challenging emulation like the Xbox One. It simply is. Just like when you get a new PC and all of your apps will work out of the box. The PS4 and the PS5 are essentially PCs with a bit of hardware customization and a game oriented OS.

And that, my friend, is a game changer. If all of your PS4 games can run on the PS5 on day one, the new console represents a natural upgrade path so why not buy it? Additionally, your PS4 games might actually run better on the PS5 with improved frame-rate, resolution and filtering.

So you see, the PS5 does not represent a risk for Sony. It would have, given past circumstances. But this time, it actually capitalizes on the success of the current generation. And timing is critical. Sony simply cannot afford to be late to the party once again.

And last but not least, regarding the potential performance bump: the new Ryzen that will equip the PS5 will be leaps and bounds beyond what the current Jaguar CPU can do. Now imagine if, say Red Dead Redemption 2 could tap into that kind of power. Maaan…

GPU wise, Navi should offer over 4x the performance of the base PS4. With at least 2x the amount of main memory, I guess we're good in that department.

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@gfantini: How do you know that the next PS will be like that, identical OS (but beefed up) and backwards compatible?

I've heard that these are things people want and expect, but has Sony stated these things, or is this assumption?

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@Vodoo: Well, for one, there have been several rumors floating around the web for a while now and they all converge (just Google it): PS5 will employ a custom APU packing a Zen 2 CPU and a Navi GPU. These are x86 AMD parts that are coming out on PC next year.

But more importantly, sticking with x86 architecture is rather common sense at this point. It's the obvious way. Sony had a very rough time back in the PS3 days when they made the wrong decision to go with the Cell processor, whereas the move to x86 - on the PS4 - has paid big dividends. Why on earth would Sony throw all that out when x86 provides such a natural and smooth upgrade path?

And there's more: Microsoft has managed to make the Xbox One run 360 games. I'd eat my hat if next-gen Xbox isn't backwards compatible all the way down. That raises expectations in such a way that the PS5 would be virtually dead on arrival if not BC.

And finally, sticking with x86 makes backwards compatibility such an effortless features that… c'mon, you get it.

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@gfantini: I completely get what your saying. But one thing I have learned about large corporations, having worked for many, is they seem to do the opposite of what makes sense, lol. Almost like they go out of their way to do something that doesn't make sense.

Even if MS has BC, which they really only have now because they don't have current games to offer, it doesn't mean Sony will. MS has BC now and it doesn't affect the PS4 one bit.

Don't get me wrong, I am completely in favor of having all purchased content on one machine instead of hanging on to every damn console. But at this point it's still speculation. Common sense isn't so common in large companies ?.

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Wtf is going on at Sony lately?

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@xenomorphalien: John Kodera tells you what's going on: "crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future".

In other words, PS5 reveal event early 2019. Sony is so big in gaming now that they can afford to have their own exclusive events and attract the same kind of attention E3 does. You see, it wouldn't make much sense to squeeze that big reveal in between PSX and E3. These things take a lot of energy from both Sony and developers so it makes perfect sense to focus on a single exclusive event.

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@xenomorphalien: The same arrogance virus that Nintendo caught in 1995-96 and 2011-2012, Sony caught in 2006-2007, and Microsoft caught in 2012-2013. It seems to reappear every 5 years or so and it was Sony's turn again.

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Gamespot's 2019 E3 winner: Sony

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Just a reminder: we KNOW they won't have much to show. They TOLD us that already. And we KNOW they're working on the PS5. Again, other major publishers have told us that. Not that it matters. Why would you want to put your all into pushing PS4's when you're readying the PS5? Better they take a step back now.

What this article is REALLY ABOUT is how they intend to deliver news from now on. People say standard digital stuff but that sounds too pedestrian. Sony didn't exactly run around claiming PS Now's downloading option was this new and innovative thing when they introduced it like MS likes to do (And Nintendo? I don't know. I never watch their feeds). They just added it and that was that. If Sony is saying they're planning something new and different, then in all likelihood it will actually BE different...or at least rarely used.

What we should REALLY be talking about is...what other option is there? The only thing I can think of is direct to platform news feeds thus ensuring EVERYONE (with internet) sees the announcements and not just the people who watch videos or visit news sites. That's actually a better marketing policy than E3 if you think about it.

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@Barighm: What do you mean like MS does? What have they done and said they invented that's akin to PS Now? If you're referring to Game Pass, that's a completely different service than PS Now. Similar, but different.

I was a PS Now beta tester. At the time it was only a streaming service for old PS2 games that cost a fortune to rent games individually. It was a PS2 game rental service that relied on streaming. I think they added PS1 and/or PS3 games to it since. Game Pass is an all access game download subscription, if you will.

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@Vodoo: I said nothing of the sort.

What I said was Sony didn't brag about how awesome the new download option for PS Now was. In fact, the vast majority of PS4 owners don't even realize it's there. They still say "PS Now sucks" without realizing one of the service's biggest flaws is no longer a problem (well, for PS4 games anyway).

MS, on the other hand, likes to shout to the high heavens about how awesome an innovative they are whenever they introduce ANY new product or service. It's like every tiny thing MS does is the most unique, amazing, and creative thing ever. No matter how small or insignificant it is.

The point? Sony wouldn't make an announcement like this for something so run of the mill as their own conference or streaming channel. MS would. Maybe Nintendo. But it's not quite Sony. They must have something actually of interest in mind.

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Sony is censoring my ANIME games and now they wont attend E3, lol wtf is going on!

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@icelandichossi: good. they SHOULD censor breast fondling mini games featuring minors. if you are into that, you have problems.

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@Xristophoros: It's not just that and you know it.

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@blazingsonic: another dweeb has spoken!

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@Xristophoros: Way to me the bigger person by resorting to name calling. But since you went there, Like a good little Soyny pony drony. Your points are as valid as the town drunk and drug addicted friend.

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Thank goodness, it's been a complete waste of time 2 years in a row. Hopefully in 2020 they'll have some game to show. Or maybe the game they announced in 2016 will finally be a game? (Death Stranding)

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If they had a PS5 coming they would have a HUGE E3 building the expectation up like Microsoft did for over a year with the X... It just actually looks like they have nothing new to show for this coming year and they want to avoid a mediocre E3.

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@italiano72: you talk so funny , as if micosoft had anything to show off to begin with. xbox one x has poor sales compared to ps4 pro in general. hardly any worthwhile exclusives and the exclusives ps4 came out with this year beat xbox ones entire exclusive library and I mean the entirety which is sad. sony doesn't need a e3 they already beat Microsoft sit down and listen , last of us 2 releases next year along with medievil remaster the list goes on no need for e3 when sony already makes their own show of games while xbox talks about games they plan on releasing after 2 3 years.

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@rarerichz30: Uhh... what? He didn't even mentioning who's winning and who's dying, what led your to that conclusion?

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