The scheduled times for the Sony and Microsoft E3 press conferences were recently revealed. Both conferences are on June 9, but the Microsoft E3 press conference is set to start at 9:30 AM PDT and the Sony E3 press conference is scheduled at 6 PM PDT – an 8 and a half-hour difference. With this wide time gap, is it possible that Sony might have an agenda?*
There was a rumour circulating before that the Sony E3 press conference line-up was leaked. Detailed information regarding games that would be shown or spoken about during the conference was on the list. The leak stated the following would/might make an appearance (the more solidified of the rumours will be bolded):
- Uncharted (PS4)
- Media Molecule: Project Morpheus title
- Gran Turismo 6
- God of War 4
- Kill Strain (Syphon Filter reboot)
- Wipeout (PS4)
- Trailer from Quantic Dream
- The Order: 1886 stage demo
- Ninja Theory PS4 exclusive game
- AAA title from Sony London
- Guerrilla Games RPG title
- InFAMOUS: Second Son DLC
- Sony Japan: The Last Guardian (PS4), Project Beast, possibly one more unknown title
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
- The Last of Us sequel teaser trailer
With so few titles in the list above have a higher probability of being confirmed, could it be possible that some of these are being held back on depending on the hype levels the Microsoft press conference receives? This is a pretty well-rounded list of games that delivers something for everyone to get hype about. But why are so few confirmed as more solid?
Considering the huge difference in time between the Sony and Microsoft press conferences, it makes one wonder if Sony might have an agenda. Could they have wanted to go last so that they’d be the one to stick out in everyone’s mind and steal the show? Or is it a mere coincidence that the two biggest rival companies in the gaming industry have press conferences at the beginning and end of the show?
Some people will argue that Sony stole the show at last year’s E3, especially when they announced the price of the PS4 and threw subtle jabs at Microsoft about their DRM and 24-hour check-in policies that are now dead on the Xbox One console. Usually, Microsoft is the name that’s in everyone’s mouth at the end of E3 – they usually reveal some hype game or turn their press conference into a concert – but Sony seems to be trying to keep the ball rolling after last year’s E3.
With this press conference, they seem to be pulling out all the stops – a re-reveal of a very long-awaited game, a classic series reboot, the continuation of 2 of their flagship series, and some new games to increase hype levels. Sony doesn’t seem to be playing around this E3. They seem to be trying to keep the momentum going that they started with last year’s E3.
That isn’t to say that the Microsoft conference will disappoint. Despite the fact that the Sony press conference line-up was leaked, you can bet your bottom dollar that Microsoft has something up their sleeve to hype up their press conference. Probably in the form of musical entertainment or maybe this year they’ll go a different route and have acrobats flying about the auditorium to open up the show. Who knows? None of us, because the Microsoft E3 press conference line-up is still under wraps (perhaps only for now).
We have less than a month to wait for E3 and the press conferences that will spark the fire in the hearts of gamers the world over. It’s hard not to get hype every time the weather gets warmer because that’s an indicator that one of the biggest gaming conventions in the world is about to commence and we’re in for some amazing announcements. We can’t wait to see what Microsoft and Sony have up their sleeve to battle each other this year.