Sony announces plans to once again offer screenings of its live E3 press conference, a show of strength that has fans excited about what could be on display.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo has always been a way for the video game industry’s biggest names to flex their respective muscles and attempt to win over the patronage of fans for the next year. Although in the early days it was often a crucial element in each of Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony‘s business models, the E3 presentation dynamic has shifted in recent years toward creating the most social media buzz.

That hasn’t been a bad thing, however. Sony’s PlayStation E3 Experience, for instance, has been a huge hit with gamers, and the company announced today that the presentation will be returning to the show floor of E3 2016. Sony realizes that not all fans will be present in California, though, and the company is also going to be airing its press conference live in select theaters across the United States, Canada, and Latin America on June 13, 2016. A list of participating theaters can be found on the PlayStation Blog.

Sony also announced that tickets would be completely free, and that they will be available online starting tomorrow, May 31, at 10am PST and 1pm EST. That’s good, because in the wake of news like the possibility of a new PS4.5 or games like The Last Guardian being available soon, gamers will need to save money for the coming onslaught on their wallets.

Theater attendees will also experience one of the biggest draws of the E3 experience – the free swag. Fans who choose to view Sony’s presentation at the cinema will also receive a digital gift basket and exclusive PlayStation goods, including a collectible card and commemorative cup. Sony’s E3 show will begin on Monday, June 13 at 6pm PST/9pm EST, and is sure to be one of the most exciting presentations at E3 this year.

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That being said, gamers still don’t know exactly what to expect from a software perspective, especially since  rumors about new consoles from Microsoft and Sony have been occupying headlines for the past month or so. It’s likely games like Final Fantasy 15 and The Last Guardian will be prominent fixtures in the PlayStation Experience, but might fans see more news about Sony’s VR game lineup? Much has been made about the technology, but the potentially massive revelation that Sony is developing a VRPG has gone unaddressed since news first broke about the possibility.

Whatever the focal point of Sony’s E3 presentation is, the company has ensured that fans outside of the live spectacle will have plenty of opportunities to experience it closer to home. Are you interested in picking up tickets to see Sony’s E3 presentation in theaters? Do you think the PlayStation Experience will steal the show, or will Microsoft or Nintendo have something to say? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Official PlayStation Blog

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