E3 is just over a month away, and as usual, the news in the lead offered more insight into what we would not hear about the great game of play. Late last year, Sony announced that it will skip its grand annual press conference at the event. The move is a significant absenteeism for the gaming giant for the first time in almost a quarter of a century, as the company will instead "explore new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019."
The feeling should be familiar to those who follow the gaming industry. A few years ago, Nintendo made a similar move, avoiding a personal press conference on the online Nintendo Direct "Treehouse" that it used to present new trailers. It's a method Nintendo has since.
Square Enix games publisher Happy Sunday slipped into Sony's premier site, leaving Microsoft the last of the remaining three big console creators with a press conference at the Los Angeles event. The death of emissions like E3 is overestimated over the years, of course. These things tend to move in cycles, with much of the excitement tied specifically to the new system reveals.
Microsoft has taken over the Xbox One S cover "All-Digital Edition" without disks this month, leaving many to wonder what the company can still have its sleeve for the June event. Earlier this week, Sony dismissed suggestions that the PlayStation 5 will soon come. The details are, not surprisingly, still unclear, but the company says the next console will not arrive in the next six months.
On a call for revenue, Nintendo has similarly rejected recent rumors that it will launch a low-cost version of Switch. The console was a wild success for the company on the heels of the disappointing Wii U, but the slowdown in sales pointed to Nintendo's long-standing tradition of offering modified hardware. Rumors generally referred to a lower cost of a system that can only be played in a portable mode.
None of this is to say that we have an overview. Companies like to tease these kinds of things, but the big three seem to calm the expectations for the show. That leaves some opening for other players – of course, E3 has long been dominated by the big three. Among other rumors that are currently circulating before the show is the 2-in-1 gaming tablet from Nvidia.