After weeks of rumours, it looks like Xbox has officially confirmed that it won’t have a show floor presence at E3 2023. The company recently announced its Xbox Games Showcase set to take place on 11 June, which lines up with E3’s dates this year. This event will be part of the show’s digital component but unfortunately, Xbox will not be on the show floor itself this year.
In a statement provided to IGN, Microsoft confirmed that it will not be attending E3 this year but will still host its big Xbox Games Showcase as part of the event’s digital segments. This means that Xbox joins Nintendo in confirming its lack of a presence at the expo. Sony hasn’t commented yet on its attendance but since it skipped the past few years altogether, it’s a safe bet to assume that PlayStation won’t be on the show floor either.
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With the big three out of E3 2023, organiser ReedPop still remains confident that fans and media will still get a full experience this year. ReedPop recently claimed that several AAA companies will be attending the event with Ubisoft the only confirmed publisher so far. It’s possible that other companies like Square Enix, Capcom and Bandai Namco will also announce their participation in E3 this year before the expo.
“The full roster of exhibitors will be announced in the lead-up to the expo, providing participating companies the opportunity to make their own individual announcements beforehand,” said ReedPop regarding other AAA companies attending this year.
Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase will take place on Sunday, 11 June and feature a dedicated presentation for Starfield afterwards. The anticipated sci-fi RPG from Bethesda Game Studios was planned to launch in the first half of 2023 but now it looks like it’s officially launching in September.
E3 2023 will officially kick off on 13 June 2023 preceeded by digital presentations from various companies including Xbox.