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PlayStation to Skip Gamescom 2023

PlayStation to Skip Gamescom 2023 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 June 2023 / 2,793 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment has told German website GamesMarkt it won't be attending Gamescom 2023. PlayStation last attended Gamescom in 2019.

Nintendo has been confirmed to be attending at Gamescom 2023. No word if Xbox will be attending this year, however, the company did attend last year.

Gamescom is set to take place in Cologne, Germany from Wednesday, August 23 to Sunday, August 27. Gamescom: Opening Night Live, hosted by Geoff Keighley, will take place a day earlier on Tuesday, August 22.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Libara (on 09 June 2023)

No point paying to show nothing.

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Azzanation Libara (on 09 June 2023)


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Qwark Libara (on 10 June 2023)

At least they hatted FFXVI and FFVII Rebirth to help them fill the void between God of War and Spider-Man and Spider-Man and whatever comes next. Argue about moneyhatting all you want it delivers a solid exclusive roster for PS at least.

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Azzanation Qwark (on 10 June 2023)

And keep that same energy when your beloved 3rd party games get taken from your platform of choice.

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Qwark Azzanation (on 10 June 2023)

I have a pc, so why would I be bothered by that. I also said Microsoft should buy Sega if they want to gain marketshare from PlayStation. They would need to starve the third party supply lines to PlayStation. That's the only way if they want the masses to choose Xbox over PlayStation.

Switching from platforms isn't a choice a consumer makes lightly after they have been invested in a platform. We all know PlayStation will not buy big publishers and Microsoft will, or at least try after ABK.

PlayStation will resort to moneyhatting to ensure a healthy flow of exclusives, a thing. Xbox could also do this btw, but they don't want to. It would be a good thing even, since making AAA games is very costly these days and a company like MS or Sony could more easily carry the riscs, than a relatively small company.

Also the games PlayStation hats are mainly games who sell like shit on Xbox to begin with.

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Azzanation Qwark (on 10 June 2023)

Remember the reaction when Tomb Raider was timed?

Also your last point makes zero sense. I didnt know Street Fighter sold horribly on Xbox to excused the Moneyhat for SF5. I didn't know CoD sold bad for Sony to gain exclusive features and marketing of the series.

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Qwark Azzanation (on 11 June 2023)

The market has changed since MS has bought Bethesda and soon will buy ABK and make everything outside COD exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem. So naturally this will need Sony to evolve too and moneyhats are there go to strategy, since they can't buy other publishers like MS can and is willing to do.

Tomb Raider remains an odd one since it's part of a series that is chronologically bound. Final Fantasy titles aren't really connected to eachother, unless they are 10 part 2 or something. FF15 and FF16 are not really connected otherwise.

Only a measly 13% of Street fighter VI sales where on the Xbox platform in it's launch week in UK. One of the stronger markets Xbox has. Even with a higher digital ratio that's poor.

Xbox had the same marketing deal with COD before Sony had that deal. You know in the 360 era when MS could actually compete without buying a company worth more than PlayStation (Sony is worth 120 billion not PS). So both are fair game.

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Azzanation Qwark (on 11 June 2023)

Moneyhatting is not fair game. The market leader pulls all the strings. Only way around that is to buy out the studios.

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Qwark Azzanation (on 11 June 2023)

So it would be fair if Sony would just have bought Square and Capcom and make everything exclusively available on PS5 and PC. Instead of moneyhatting Street Fighter IV and SE titles. Which you say is totally unfair. The end result for Xbox gamers would be permanently no:
Resident Evil
Kingdom Hearts
Monster Hunter
Dragons Dogma
Street Fighter
Instead of making some of these games unavailable to Xbox platform.

I would argue both are business and both are equally fair. Up to regulators to stop these deals. Sony this and future gens will also miss out on at least:
Elder Scrolls VI
New Wolfenstein
New Doom
What ever ABK makes after the deal is closed that's not COD

A person bound to PS would probably rather have a few those on PS than none. But it is fair that Microsoft says these titles will no longer come to non Xbox Platforms or even specifically PlayStation.

Also are only PlayStation moneyhats wrong or also Nintendo ones, (arguably a market leader too),, since they also buy some exclusivity, which I would argue is fair.

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Azzanation Qwark (on 11 June 2023)

Owning a studio where a company has to completely fund and manage is completely different to going out and paying to keep a game off another platform.

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Red_Beard (on 10 June 2023)

They just had a showcase around 2 weeks ago, so August feels a little early for another one / something similar. Sometime in Fall would be more likely.

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Leynos (on 10 June 2023)

Welp unless they just drop a trailer that's it for Stellar Blade

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Qwark Leynos (on 10 June 2023)

They could till have a State of Play around Gamefest, which could feature Stellar Blade. After all Gamefest is public and considering there isn't even a media demo for Spiderman 2, I don't see why Sony would do a public demo.

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