It is being said that the cancellation of E3 2020 had a bigger effect on the gaming industry than most people realize, with showcases for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, among other things, being affected. Work comes from a Senior Games Industry Analyst at Niko Partners, Daniel Ahmad via Twitter.
Ahmad claims that the “first proper next-gen console/games showcase” is happening long before June 9th, which is when E3 2020 was supposed to take place. The same can be said for a number of other showcases and announcements from game publishers that were also planned for the vent. And, while some announcements and showcases are now coming sooner than before, others are coming “much later.”
With E3 cancelled, a lot of the planned reveals / announcements have been moved out of that single week.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) April 19, 2020
Some are now much earlier, others much later. Some still during E3 week ofc.
The first proper next gen console/games showcase is much earlier too.
At the same time, some events will be taking place digitally during the original week of E3, most likely scattered across a number of different streams at different times. However, the other thing to take not of is that the COVID-19 scenario is still unfolding, and that could lead to plans changing at the last minute. Furthermore, a report from Video Games Chronicle suggest that the PS5 was going to be revealed in May 2020, but there’s no word on if Sony has moved the reveal up or if it’s going to hold off even longer.
Sony recently showcased its new DualSense controller, but outside of learning about some of the PS5’s specs and it’s backward compatibility capability, we don’t know anything else about it. There has been no gameplay display, and we still don’t know what the console looks like either. Rumors indicate that Sony is having serious performance issues with the PS5 and need to design it. If true, the cancelation of the suggested May reveal could just be a happy coincidence that gives Sony time to redesign and perfect its next-gen console. Other reports do suggest that the PS5 is still on track for its holiday 2020 launch, but there’s a strong possibility that availability will be limited.