Many Sony fans are disappointed today with the news that there will be no PlayStation Experience (PSX) this year, despite the event taking place the last four years in a row. It’s not in the cards for 2018, and Sony’s Shawn Layden explained why to the PlayStation Blogcast:
“We won’t have it in the States this year,” he continued. “The reasons behind that really are we don’t have…we have a lot of progress that we’re making on our games…Now that we have Spider-Man out the door, we’re looking down into 2019 games like Dreams and Days Gone.”
Sony has had a tremendous year with the release of God of War and Spider-Man, but it seems that things may be winding down to the point where they really do not have all the much to share. I had to Google what Dreams even was, and the fact that The Last of Us Part 2 isn’t even mentioned here implies that game is still miles away, and may not even arrive next year.
But there’s one thing being left unsaid here that may have a lot to do with this decision. Sony’s exclusive slate looks a tad barren because what new exclusives are being developed are probably for PlayStation 5. And even though Sony may not be ready to talk about PS5 this winter, it stands to reason that we could easily see a separate debut event sometime next year like we did with PS4, or they could be old fashioned and announce it at E3.
Microsoft has been a little bit more chatty about the “family” of Xbox devices that will be coming out at some point, killing talk that there might not be another Xbox console after the One as they move totally to the cloud or something like that. But Sony has said even less.
Despite all this, it still doesn’t feel quite right to guess that PlayStation 5 would be coming in Fall/Holiday 2019, however, even if some analysts are guessing at that. The PS4 is still selling very well and is the talk of the town every few months with its big exclusive releases. Announcing PS5 say, this spring, and releasing it that fall feels quick, even if it is six years after the PS4’s debut in 2013.
Rather, the “correct” plan would seem like a winter/spring 2020 release of The Last of Us Part 2, followed by a late spring announcement of PS5, followed by more details and games at E3, followed by a fall 2020 release. That’s a timetable that makes sense to me.
If anything, I could see Microsoft being the one to try to beat Sony to market with an Xbox Two and whatever other devices it’s coming out with in 2019. The Xbox One is selling…less well, and I think Microsoft is probably eager to move on. And I don’t think they want to go head to head with Sony again considering how poorly that went in 2013. So perhaps 2019 is less unrealistic for them.
We’ll know soon enough.