Sony confirms that the heavily rumored PlayStation 5 won't be revealed at E3 2018. Sony's annual pre-E3 press briefing will take place on Monday, June 11, 2018, where they will showcase their biggest upcoming titles as well as make some new announcements that should capture gamers' attention.
Sony's current plan for their E3 2018 press conference is to focus on in-depth looks on four major PlayStation 4 games: Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding, Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima, Spider-Man by Insomniac Games, and Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II. Gamers will get to learn about the development of each upcoming exclusive and see brand new footage. Considering Spider-Man is releasing later this year, consumers should expect to see near-finished gameplay from Peter Parker's highly-anticipated, open-world action title. Of course, in addition to announcing new games, some fans have been hoping for Sony to announce the PlayStation 5 as well, but that seem like it's going to happen.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden recently clarified on the PlayStation Blogcast that "there will be no new hardware announcements" at this year's pre-E3 briefing, thus meaning no PlayStation 5. Instead, Sony will be focusing on a variety of first-party published software during their showcase.
As is tradition, Sony's E3 2018 showcase will also feature some surprise announcements. While nothing else is officially announced to be appearing, Sony did confirm that third-party publishers will be showing titles, and there will be unique indie games that will have their time in the spotlight. Considering that Sony has recently announced surprising titles such as the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Shenmue III, it's entirely possible that they have something big up their sleeve.
The news that Sony isn't announcing the PlayStation 5 yet isn't particularly surprising, though. The PlayStation 4 is starting to really hit its peak momentum thanks to marquee releases such as God of War receiving commercial and critical acclaim. And since most analysts don't expect to see a new console from Sony until 2020 at the earliest, it would do them no favors to announce new hardware now, especially since consumers already have the PS4 Pro to hold them over for another few years.
Revealing new hardware would also harm the current PlayStation 4 sales, and from the announced line-up, it's clear that Sony is trying to boost PS4 sales worldwide. That's why they're going all in on four of the most anticipated exclusives, including Spider-Man. Sony's E3 2018 will be all about building to late 2018 and fleshing out 2019's release schedule, not about new hardware.