Regardless if you agree or not, Playstation as a brand is now at Nintendo levels in terms of their PR, social engagement numbers. When they drop a trailer millions watch it and everyone reports on it. It makes waves. Doing the shows has screwed over their developers. Because they have to take time away from developing the game to cater in making a demo just for E3.
Now that they can go at their own pace, they can stealth drop what ever they want, and can have recorded gameplay from sections that are complete and working. Makes it much easier than trying to cobble together a slice that has varying parts of the game mashed together.
This new way has seriously worked for them well. I think everyone is mostly fine with this delivery. Does it suck we wont have another 2015 event? Yes, does it take away from the hype of these top quality titles we are getting, no?
They don’t really need demos, just put an hours worth of trailers and show some games coming up. Theres like 4 major games coming out ( GT7, Horizon 2, God of War and Final Fantasy 16 ) A new console needs more than that to keep people engaged.
Better to have 1 or 2 big events a year like TGS and e3 and not scatter events throughout the year like they done last year. State of plays have been painful to watch. The PS5 announcement one was great but the rest and the one just before the PS5 launched( August I think ) was absolutely awful, they just repeated everything apart from Final Fantasy 16.
And plus they need to. Nintendo does an event around e3 while not being in the e3 lineup. So Sony will be the only one not doing a show now?
If MS does a show and announces games like The next Elder scrolls, Doom and what not and Playstation shows nothing its just bad business for Playstation. Both Nintendo and Playstation can lose mindshare and hype very quickly. Why stay silent and have customers more excited about competitions line up?
Anyway, I think there is gonna be an event around e3 with the rumoured Souls like Final Fantasy game. Would be a first if they didnt do there own show.