Yesterday Sony made the surprise reveal that they won't be attending E3 2019. Sony has been present at every E3 in the show's history, but they simply aren't willing to make the commitment this time. So what impact will this have on the event overall? Longterm, it's hard to say, but as for 2019, you can still expect the other two biggest players to show up.
Following Sony's announcement, Variety spoke with some of the top executives at Nintendo and Microsoft, receiving confirmation that they still plan to attend. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime and Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer each had glowingly positive things to say about the annual event.
"E3 is an outstanding opportunity for us to share new games and experiences with fans and business partners from across the globe. Every year, we discuss what will be the best way for us to take advantage of the next E3 show in order to bring smiles to people's faces." — Reggie Fils-Aime
"E3 is an incredible platform to showcase the vibrancy and creativity of the video game industry. The ESA continues to expand the event's reach to fans and the industry, both in attendance and online, and we look forward to what's ahead at E3 2019." — Phil Spencer
Nintendo hasn't held a traditional press conference at E3 in years, instead opting to release an extended Nintendo Direct presentation online. Both companies will continue to have a strong presence on the show floor...and now there should be some extra space should either or both of them desire to expand.