There was a time when Electronic Entertainment Expo could only be enjoyed in one of two ways: by physically attending the biggest video game trade show in the world, or by streaming the action from a computer. Last year, Sony decided to up the ante for its diehard fans that couldn’t make it to E3 by hosting livestreams of their press conference in theaters across America. The event was free, but limited, with many states getting passed over, leaving many super Sony fans out in the cold.
This year, Sony is bringing the PlayStation E3 Experience back, and the company is going even bigger. Sony has announced that the event will return on June 15th at 6pm PT/9pm ET, and that every single state across the United States – including, yes, Alaska and Hawaii – will have a theater participating in the event.
Despite the expanded scope, the Sony E3 Press Conference livestream will remain free, but seating will be limited. Last year, over 10,000 fans snagged free tickets, with many theaters selling out in less than 15 minutes. While venues have not yet been announced, Sony has stated that the list is forthcoming. For fans looking to guarantee their spot into the event, free tickets will become available at 9am PT on May 27th on the official PlayStation website.
In addition to the press conference, attendees of the theater event will be treated to an exclusive 30 minute post-show discussing the announcements hosted by GameTrailers TV host Geoff Keighley.
But wait, there’s more. Those that attend the event will also receive free Sony goodies, although the company has not yet disclosed what these items are. Last year, attendees were rewarded with early access to the Destiny Alpha and Battlefield: Hardline Beta, along with a nifty poster.
For fans that can’t camp out next to a computer when the tickets go on sale, fret not. Eighty percent of the theater capacity will be reserved for ticket holders, but twenty percent will be set aside for those that wait in line the day of the event. But due to the limited number of day-of tickets, it will be first-come, first-served.
With many big titles rumored for this year’s E3, there are definitely worse ways to enjoy the announcements than on a massive screen, surrounded by fellow superfans, with plenty of free Sony swag to brag about to friends later.