Forums - Sony Discussion - Sony cancelling PAX East 2020 attendance due to coronavirus concerns

shikamaru317 said:
twintail said:

So PAX is only for Boston people?

So are you saying that all the represented Sony employees only come from Boston? The employees for the rest of the exhibitors come from Boston? The people who attend PAX are only from Boston?

Are you a conspiracy theorist?

Pretty much the only way that people from Coronavirus infected countries (China is the only one where it is widespread) are getting to Boston to go to PAX would be via airplane, and most of the major US airports, including Logan International Airport in Boston, are screening for Coronavirus with thermal scanners. On top of that, the US is not allowing foreign travellers into the country if they have been to China since the outbreak began. In other words, there isn't much risk of catching Coronavirus at PAX East. Sony has plenty of US based developers and execs who could have attended, their headquarters are in California now afterall, not Japan.  

You do realise that the thermal scanners only work once the infected ppl have actually gotten sick and are showing signs of having a fever, which can take up to like 10 days? 

I am pretty sure they are only stopping travelers who have been to Hubei province, not the whole of China. That said, the virus has spread beyond China. And again I ask, are all the exhibitors at PAX, and the visitors only from Boston? There is no guarantee that a visiting person could not be infectious by the time they are attending PAX.



sales2099 said:
twintail said:

So PAX is only for Boston people?

So are you saying that all the represented Sony employees only come from Boston? The employees for the rest of the exhibitors come from Boston? The people who attend PAX are only from Boston?

Are you a conspiracy theorist?

Unlsss the convention usually has a high Chinese population from the Wuhan province...yes I do think it’s suspicious. Sony being extremely quiet the last few months gotta admit. 

You don't need a high number of ppl to infect many others, especially with the Corona Virus. It just takes a single person in a crowded area to do so. 

Just yesterday it was confirmed that a 20 ppl had become infected in a city in Korea because of a single woman, who also had no links to anyone from Wuhan. It's suspected that that number is going to rise because of how many big social gatherings she attended before there was evident signs of her being infected.

As for Sony being extremely quiet: in relation to next-gen plans yeah probably, but no rush there.



twintail said:
sales2099 said:

Unlsss the convention usually has a high Chinese population from the Wuhan province...yes I do think it’s suspicious. Sony being extremely quiet the last few months gotta admit. 

You don't need a high number of ppl to infect many others, especially with the Corona Virus. It just takes a single person in a crowded area to do so. 

Just yesterday it was confirmed that a 20 ppl had become infected in a city in Korea because of a single woman, who also had no links to anyone from Wuhan. It's suspected that that number is going to rise because of how many big social gatherings she attended before there was evident signs of her being infected.

As for Sony being extremely quiet: in relation to next-gen plans yeah probably, but no rush there.

Thats Korea...how many native Chinese citizens come to PAX every year? It’s a rhetorical question. It’s completely unnecessary on Sony’s part...they owe their fans better.



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sales2099 said:
Given how little Boston is affected (as in almost nobody), I’m honestly feel this is just Sony saving some money.

You're back, and as purposely dense as ever. 

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sales2099 said:
twintail said:

You don't need a high number of ppl to infect many others, especially with the Corona Virus. It just takes a single person in a crowded area to do so. 

Just yesterday it was confirmed that a 20 ppl had become infected in a city in Korea because of a single woman, who also had no links to anyone from Wuhan. It's suspected that that number is going to rise because of how many big social gatherings she attended before there was evident signs of her being infected.

As for Sony being extremely quiet: in relation to next-gen plans yeah probably, but no rush there.

Thats Korea...how many native Chinese citizens come to PAX every year? It’s a rhetorical question. It’s completely unnecessary on Sony’s part...they owe their fans better.

The point is that you are clearly understating how quickly ppl can be infected. The Korean example was just that, an example of how a single person can easily infect many more. It just takes a single person, from China or not, who is infected to go to PAX. I mean, we could also talk about the British guy who infected ppl in England, France and Spain, but I suppose that is EU, yeah?



LurkerJ said:
sales2099 said:
Given how little Boston is affected (as in almost nobody), I’m honestly feel this is just Sony saving some money.

You're back, and as purposely dense as ever. 

I went to a big auto convention just this Monday. Life goes on. And btw when someone recognizes me from my YT days 10 years ago I’m always flattered :)



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My guess is that Sony 1) wants to avoid talking about PS5 as long as possible for a host of reason, and/or 2) is starting to confront the possibility that they won't be able to ship PS5 this year due to supply constraints that may or may not be related to the virus.

I'll be interested to see if MS also avoids talking about the XSX and/or starts throwing out the virus as an excuse for anything.

Also, companies know that they can use this situation as an excuse if they miss sales targets, release dates, or for just about any other purpose they want. Sony may be milking it a bit here. Or, they may be honestly concerned. Given the extremely low risks involved with an event in this region, I'm thinking they're at least squeezing a little milk out.



VAMatt said:
My guess is that Sony 1) wants to avoid talking about PS5 as long as possible for a host of reason, and/or 2) is starting to confront the possibility that they won't be able to ship PS5 this year due to supply constraints that may or may not be related to the virus.

I'll be interested to see if MS also avoids talking about the XSX and/or starts throwing out the virus as an excuse for anything.

Also, companies know that they can use this situation as an excuse if they miss sales targets, release dates, or for just about any other purpose they want. Sony may be milking it a bit here. Or, they may be honestly concerned. Given the extremely low risks involved with an event in this region, I'm thinking they're at least squeezing a little milk out.

Sony also cancelling Mobile world congress. So it doesn't have anything with PS5, https://www.theverge.com/tech/2020/2/13/21135777/mobile-world-congress-cancellation-whats-next



VAMatt said:
My guess is that Sony 1) wants to avoid talking about PS5 as long as possible for a host of reason, and/or 2) is starting to confront the possibility that they won't be able to ship PS5 this year due to supply constraints that may or may not be related to the virus.

They were going to PAX to show off PS4 content and presumably paid for all the fees related to logistics.



sales2099 said:
LurkerJ said:

You're back, and as purposely dense as ever. 

I went to a big auto convention just this Monday. Life goes on. And btw when someone recognizes me from my YT days 10 years ago I’m always flattered :)

Whats YT ?