Xbox, Nintendo and Sony will reportedly skip attending E3 2023, according to a new report. The companies have a very long history with the event but that all changed in 2019 when Sony, for the first time in the event’s lifespan, decided it wouldn’t attend the expo. With every subsequent E3, Sony pulled out of attendance. This year might be different, though, as it looks like both Xbox and Nintendo will also bow out of taking part in the show.
The report comes from IGN which claims to have heard the news from multiple knowledgeable sources. Xbox, Nintendo and Sony will not be a part of E3 2023 nor have a presence on the showfloor. This comes in light of Xbox confirming that it would be returning to Los Angeles for its annual summer showcase, but failed to mention if it would be part of E3 or not. It seems likely that Xbox will still host its own showcase around the same time as E3, but won’t be a part of the show’s lineup.
Adding a bit more fuel to the fire, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told the publication last week that it would host its own event when the timing is “convenient for press and even consumers”, suggesting that Xbox won’t be part of E3 but its planned event will align with the date and time of the show. IGN understands that Xbox won’t have a booth on the showfloor either. Spencer still spoke highly of E3 and making sure the show is a success, stating:
“E3 is just, to me, one of the seminal moments of gaming. I love the history of going down to LA, thousands of people there, getting to see great new things…getting to see people in the industry, the fan events that we’ve had. I definitely want that to continue.”
As for Nintendo bowing out of E3, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Over the last few years, the company has hosted its own special Direct presentations around the same time as E3 and would often have a presence on the showfloor. However, Video Games Chronicle’s Andy Robinson stated that Nintendo “feels it doesn’t have enough major releases ready to show [at E3] that would justify significant event space” in a recent tweet.
According to previous reports, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom might be the last major first-party release for the Nintendo Switch this May before Nintendo reportedly begins shifting its attention to newer hardware next year. That would explain why Nintendo feels like it won’t have much to show at E3 this year.
Sony will also reportedly not attend E3, continuing its tradition of not taking part in the show due to rumoured disagreements with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) back in 2019. It’s unclear if PlayStation plans to host its own presentation around the same time, though will probably maintain its schedule of smaller State of Play showcases throughout the year and potentially a larger showcase at some point.
Representatives from Xbox, Sony, Nintendo and the ESA have failed to provide any comments on the matter yet, so take all of this with a grain of salt until we have some official confirmation.