Yeah, it seems that there is no return for the E3 as we know. The gaming conference has been canceled for another year. It seems that there is no point in return now that most studios have realized the advantages of making online streaming events. Well, in place of E3, we will have another edition of the Summer Game Fest scheduled for June 8. According to a new leak from Jeff Grubb, it seems that Sony plans to do a PlayStation Showcase ahead of Geoff Keighley’s game festival.
PlayStation Showcase rumored for June
The news was shared by Grubb during his Giant Bomb podcast. Sony would not attend the E3, after all, the company left the event years ago. However, it seems to be interested in doing a new PlayStation event of its own, rather than appearing at the Summer Game Fest. We must agree that this seems like the perfect time for a PlayStation Showcase. There are multiple rumors surrounding Sony regarding the launch of a new PlayStation 5 version. The company could pretty much use the event to announce the product. Moreover, we also expect news about the next PlayStation games coming for the platform.
E3 is dead, and I killed it. And now I'm going to honor it by holding it up Weekend At BerniE3's-style alongside Jeff Grubb's #summergamemess
Thank you to all of the Jeff Grubb's Summer Game Mess partners for participating whether you want to or not.
LET'S FUCKING GOOOOO pic.twitter.com/qewAmVOVkZ
— Grubb (@JeffGrubb) March 31, 2023
Unlike other events, the PlayStation Showcase is the only event without a proper date. This is due to the fact that Sony has not yet confirmed these rumors or scheduled any event for the next month. For that reason, we should treat this info as a mere rumor right now.
The fact is that a PlayStation Showcase makes sense now that E3 2023 is not happening anymore. According to Grub, when the E3 was still a thing, Sony was already planning a separate event with news about its games and console. In fact, Sony is holding some good things for a streaming event that will kickstart the “next phase of the PS5”. Of course, this is a sentence that could mean a lot of things. Right now, there are rumors advancing about a new PS5 version. The rumors talk about a Pro variant, but apparently, we are getting the PS5 Slim with a separate disc driver.
New hardware and new games might be revealed
A set of rumors about a new PS5 version have been spreading thanks to Tom Henderson. The tipster states that Sony plans to launch new hardware that will soon replace the existing PS5 models. This new PS5 model would come with a separate disc driver. Sony would be able to manufacture one single PS5 version and sell it in both digital and physical editions. This would allow future Digital Edition owners to also grab the separate disc driver. However, this won’t be the case for the existing owners of the PS5 Digital Edition. As per the tipster, the upcoming model won’t be compatible with the current ones. More recently, some rumors stated that this new PS5 could be, in fact, launched as the PS5 Slim. The new model would not bring any significant change in the hardware. However, it would be slimmer and modular enough to launch as the PS5 Slim.
Besides the possible launch of a new PS5 variant, we also expect Sony to disclose some details about the upcoming games. The sentence “next phase of the PS5” makes a lot of sense, and we are not just talking about hardware. In 2020, Sony announced a lot of PS5 games for its “cross-gen” phase. These were Returnal, Demon Souls, Horizon Forbbiden West, Gran Turismo 7, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and God of War: Ragnarok. All these games are already available, and we are curious to see what the company has in tow for the future. Right now, the next announced PS games include Spiderman 2, Wolverine, and Death Stranding 2. Apart from the upcoming third-party exclusives like Silent Hill 2 and Final Fantasy XVI, we are pretty sure that there are some hidden PS Studios games waiting for a reveal. Among the anticipated ones we have Ghost of Tsushima 2, and rumors about new IPs. A PlayStation Showcase could pretty much clear things for us.