June is an exciting month for gamers with E3 taking place in Los Angeles. We've got all the details on dates and tickets but the big news this year is that Sony won't be there despite the PS5 looming.
Still, there will be plenty on offer including loads of upcoming games and keynotes from Microsoft Xbox.
When will E3 2020 take place?
Like past E3 conferences, E3 2020 is set to span over three days – 9-11 June 2020. If you get a Gamer Pass (see details below) then you'll be able to get into E3 at the following times (based on 2019):
- Day 1: 2pm-7pm
- Day 2: 12pm-7pm
- Day 3: 9am-6pm
Although the show itself lasts for three days, game developers and publishers tend to host their own press conferences before the show begins. This gives the likes of Nintendo and Microsoft a chance to hype up their latest games before letting gamers and press go hands-on during the show.
We’ll explain in a little more detail below.
E3 2020 tickets
For the last couple of years, E3 hasn't been restricted to industry and media attendees. That means members of the public can buy tickets to hit the show floor, getting hands-on time with all the latest games ahead of their release. Well, the ones that aren't behind closed doors and restricted to media.
Tickets aren't on sale yet for 2020 but you can sign up for emails on the main site. A Gamer Pass ticket is likely to cost $249.
E3 2020 livestreams
As and when details are announced, we'll list which companies are (or are not) exhibiting at E3 2020. You'll be able to watch live streams of the press conferences and keynotes to catch all the news as it happens.
Sony at E3 2020
The big news for this year is that Sony has confirmed it will not be at E3 2020. This is despite showing off the PS5 logo at CES in Las Vegas and skipping the show last year.
In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony said "we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year" adding that "we will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content."
Instead, Sony could well be unveiling the PS5 at an event in February.
In response, a full statement from the ESA (entertainment software association) says: "E3 is a signature event celebrating the video game industry and showcasing the people, brands and innovations redefining entertainment loved by billions of people around the world. E3 2020 will be an exciting, high-energy show featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, activations, and programming that will entertain new and veteran attendees alike. Exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide."
Microsoft at E3 2020
Microsoft, on the other hand, has confirmed that it’ll be at E3 2020 via this tweet from Phil Spencer.
Our team is hard at work on E3, we look forward to sharing with all who love to play what's ahead for us. Our artform has consistently been propelled by the cross-section of creativity and technical progress. 2020 is a milestone year in that journey for Team Xbox. #XboxE3 #E32020— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 14, 2020
We need to wait for details on the keynote but it's highy likely that Microsoft will be focusing on the Xbox Series X. The next-gen console has already been announced but with it arriving 'holiday 2020' E3 could well be when we learn more about the device and new games.
Read about the PS5 vs Xbox Series X.