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As has become common practice in recent years, Sony has decided to open up its E3 press event to a wider audience by hosting live showings in theaters across the country.

They're calling it the E3 Experience 2017 and, as noted above, it'll be a live broadcast of all things PlayStation from the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo. More than just a press conference, these special screenings will include pre- and post-event coverage, with a broadcast spanning 5-8 p.m. PT on Monday, June 10. Even cooler is the fact that the event is free of charge and tickets are available right now, so you might want to head on over to the official website and claim your seat at a participating theater soon.

Of course, if you miss out on the theater experience, you could always just stream the show from about a million places online. The point of enjoying the proceedings from a theater is that you know you'll be in an audience with a bunch of like-minded gamers just wanting to be excited by whatever Sony and their partners have to offer this year. There's a big difference between seeing a new trailer while sitting alone in your underwear and watching it with a crowd that's not afraid to cheer at all of the big moments. If you've got the time and a participating theater nearby, you can't really argue with a free event.

And according to the website, you'll earn some fun swag just for showing up.

Attendees will take home an exclusive poster and #76 from the PlayStation Collectable Card series. This will be the only way to get your hands on these, so don't miss out! Want more than just limited edition swag? We've got you covered -- everyone will also get a digital gift basket chock-full of goodies from PlayStation Store.

The only real catch here is that you have to be 17 years of age or older to attend, which we figure has to do with the fact that some of the games being shown off are earning an M rating. Otherwise, you're good to go.

And really, this is probably an E3 press conference worth seeing on the big screen. Expected out of this year's show are games like God of War, Days Gone, Death Stranding, Spider-Man, a bunch of VR games and who knows what else they've got cooking. Sony has hit that point in the generation cycle where we aren't too likely to hear about new hardware and developers have really hit their stride in working with the hardware that exists. In other words, as has been proven by many games already this year, we're in that sweet spot where a bunch of great titles should be coming out on a consistent basis. If you want to learn about those plans from Sony, this theater showing is a pretty good way to go.

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