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E3 2020 is cancelled due to fears over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak

E3 2020 is cancelled due to fears over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak
(Image credit: ESA)

The coronavirus continues to take its toll on the technology sector as the ESA has just announced that E3 2020 has been cancelled. E3 is the world’s largest gaming expo, a showcase of the latest games that you can play on the best video games consoles, along with new hardware reveals. Last year’s show saw Microsoft wheel out Keanu Reeves to show off the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.

In a statement on its website, the ESA said that “After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.”

E3 joins a long list of events that have been cancelled over fears of spreading the coronavirus at large public gatherings. MWC 2020, the world’s biggest phone expo was cancelled last month. We also saw the cancellation of the Austin-based film festival SXSW last week.

Despite its stature in the gaming landscape, E3’s relevancy has been dwindling in recent years. Sony, who produce the world’s most popular games console, the PS4, had already announced that it would be skipping E3 for the second year in a row in favor of running its own event to showcase their upcoming PS5.

The ESA also managed to get itself in hot water last year when its website accidentally leaked the personal details of thousands of journalists, streamers and other content creators by leaving them in a spreadsheet on an unsecured website.

Games Consoles: The Next Generation

Microsoft has already unveiled its Xbox Series X, the latest console in the Xbox family. The Xbox Series X will be roughly 8 times more powerful that the Xbox One S, and four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. So far we don’t know much about the games that we’ll be playing on Microsoft’s new console, other than the latest entry in the ever-popular Halo series, Halo Infinite which will be a launch title for the Xbox Series X when it hits shelves this holiday season.

We know even less about Sony’s PS5, other than that it exists and it will be roughly the same power level as the Xbox Series X. We expect Sony to hold its own announce event in the near future where they will show off the new console and its games lineup.

Ian Stokes is the Tech Editor here at Top Ten Reviews. He has extensive experience in tech and games journalism, with work published on IGN, Kotaku UK, Waypoint, GamesRadar, Trusted Reviews, and many more. You'll find him covering everything from smartphones and home computers to 3D printers and headphones. He's also our resident cocktail expert.