The tech company will livestream their E3 PlayStation press conference to audiences across North America this year, allowing fans to see the biggest upcoming reveals and surprises on the silver screen.
UPDATE: It appears most, if not all, of the participating theatres are now sold out.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the biggest event in gaming, bringing the press and fans together under the almighty power of commercialism for three straight days of demos, reveals and unkept promises from the next few years in video games. It’s a unique combination of cynicism, marketing and genuine excitement that doesn’t exist in any other medium, and it’s one of the baffling things that makes video games equal parts exhilarating and infuriating.
While E3 is still officially a press-only event, the expo’s readily available internet streams and reports have made it as much for consumers as it is for industry insiders, taking viewers at home to the show floor, and front row center for stage events from gaming’s biggest developers. E3 is always filled to the brim with events and announcements, but in recent years most of the focus has fallen on Microsoft and Sony, whose Xbox and PlayStation consoles have become massively popular. With their newest consoles hitting the market last year, E3 2013 was historic for the two tech giants, and they’ll definitely want to make the Xbox One and PS4 look irresistible now that they’re finally in gamers’s hands.
Which may be why this year Sony is offering fans the opportunity to watch their E3 press conference on the biggest screens in 40+ major cities across North America.
Likely hoping to capitalize on a good show in 2013, Sony is lettings thousands of fans attend the free livestream, and promise those who attend 30 minutes of extra post-show footage as well as an “exclusive PlayStation surprise”.
From PlayStation Blog:
“On June 9, PlayStation invites its fans around the country to gather together to experience the news and announcements of E3 like never before – LIVE on a massive screen in theaters.
The PlayStation E3 Experience, hosted by Geoff Keighley, will feature an HD simulcast of the PlayStation E3 Press Conference, as well as 30 minutes of extra content including exclusive extended game footage and interviews with the world’s top developers.
Attendees will go home with a commemorative PlayStation collectible and a surprise gift!”
Sony’s E3 2014 press conference will take place Monday June 9th, at 5:30 PM PT/8:30 PM ET. The theater event begins a half hour later, at 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET. Interested PlayStation fans can register for the event and see a full list of participating theaters at Event Grid. Here are some of the major venues:
|AK||Anchorage||Cinemark Anchorage 16 with XD|
|AL||Birmingham||Regal Trussville 16|
|AZ||Phoenix||AMC Ahwatukee 24|
|BC||Vancouver||Cineplex Cineplex Odeon International Village (Tinseltown)|
|CA||Los Angeles||AMC Century City 15 with IMAX|
|CA||San Diego||AMC Mission Valley 20 with IMAX|
|CA||San Francisco||Cinemark Century 9 San Francisco Centre with XD|
|CO||Denver||Regal Pavilions 15|
|DC||Washington||AMC Mazza Gallerie 7|
|FL||Miami||AMC Sunset Place 24 with IMAX|
|FL||Orlando||Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 with IMAX|
|FL||Jacksonville||Regal The Avenues Stadium 20|
|GA||Atlanta||Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85|
|ID||Boise||Regal Boise Stadium 22 with IMAX|
|IL||Chicago||Regal City North 14 with RPX|
|IN||Indianapolis||Regal Galaxy 14|
|KY||Louisville||Cinemark Tinseltown Louisville|
|LA||Baton Rouge||Regal Citiplace 11|
|MA||Boston||Regal Fenway 13 with RPX|
|MN||Minneapolis||Regal Brooklyn Center 20|
|MO||Fenton||Regal Gravois Bluffs Stadium 12|
|MO||Kansas City||Regal Kansas City 18 Cinemas|
|NC||Charlotte||Regal Stonecrest 22 @ Piper Glen with IMAX|
|NE||Omaha||AMC Oakview 24 with IMAX|
|NM||Albuquerque||Regal Cottonwood 16|
|NV||Las Vegas||Regal Village Square 18|
|NY||New York||Regal Union Square Stadium 14|
|NY||Buffalo||Regal Transit Center Stadium 19 with IMAX|
|OH||Columbus||Regal Georgesville Stadium 16|
|OK||Oklahoma City||Cinemark Tinseltown USA|
|ON||Toronto||Cineplex Yonge & Dundas|
|OR||Portland||Regal Lloyd Center 10 with IMAX|
|PA||Philadelphia||Regal Riverview Plaza|
|PA||Pittsburgh||Cinemark Pittsburgh North 11|
|PQ||Montreal||Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Montreal + IMAX|
|SC||Columbia||Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14|
|TN||Nashville||Regal Opry Mills 21 with IMAX|
|TX||Houston||Regal Houston Marq*E Stadium 22 plus IMAX|
|TX||San Antonio||Regal Cielo Vista 18|
|TX||Dallas||Regal Galaxy Theatre|
|UT||Salt Lake City||Cinemark Salt Lake City 16|
|VA||Virginia Beach||AMC Lynnhaven 18 with IMAX|
|WA||Seattle||AMC Pacific Place 11|