Some would say it's easy for me to pick Sony because of my obvious bias towards the brand, but let's be real here. E3 is about games, and Sony showed us the games. They showed software and titles that we care about, things that everyone is clamoring to get their hands on. The flow of their press conference was unprecedented, with not a lot of talk, just great game after great game after great game. God of War, Kojima's new game, an impressive VR lineup. Oh, and a live orchestra?
It's safe to say that while Microsoft did hint at the most powerful console ever coming in 2017, gamers need great content to play, and a console is really only as good as the games it can run, not necessarily how powerfully it can run them.
And forget Bethesda, EA, and Ubisoft. Bethesda was mostly already released games. EA has lost touch with their audience, and Ubisoft was alright but didn't strike the same kind of chord and pace that Sony did.
It's so cute that people even think there were two people in this war. Microsoft had a good conference full of leaked material, and while it was nice they announced Scorpio, Sony just hit it hard on all cylinders. Sony, and it wasn't even really close.
I'm sure I'll love what Nintendo has to show of the new Zelda game (my Twitter handle is @HylianJowi for a reason), but I think it's safe to say that Sony has locked this one up. With the bloated, overstuffed nature of E3 conferences mocked every year, it was so refreshing to see a company dial back all the hyperbole and bluster and just let the games do the talking.
I don't think anyone "won." It was a solid event overall. I was happy with Bethesda's showcase, Ubisoft surprised me and kept my interest with For Honor, Microsoft took my breath away with Forza and Dead Rising 4, and Sony's announcements of God of War and Days Gone just made me excited to play games all over again.
Sony. The only people not talking about their presentation this morning are people who haven't picked their jaws up off the ground yet.
In a word, Sony. Difficult to look past its barrage of gameplay demos and the entire showing really made other conferences feel bloated and sluggish by comparison. Microsoft did have some highlights and the Scorpio sounds pretty incredible, but the whole tie-in with PC -- "XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE" -- isn't all that appealing. Maybe that's just me, though. Nintendo, on the other hand, started strong by unveiling Zelda Wii U/NX to be Breath of the Wild before meandering into a Pokémon Moon/Sun demo that was ten times longer than it needed to be.
So yeah, bias though it may be PlayStation clinches it for me. In fact, Sony's presser put me in mind of last year's conference in that it wowed PlayStation users all the while keeping release timelines for its AAA releases -- God of War, Detroit and Days Gone in this case -- under wraps. And that's OK. Best to save face after so many delays.
Did Sony just beat their last year's E3 press conference? Yeah, it looks that way. While Microsoft wowed everyone with the announcement of a new super powerful Xbox, the end point of these gaming consoles are just that: games.
And this is where Sony shone the brightest. Game after game was announced, and it was so damn plentiful that Shawn Layden almost didn't even have any stage time to talk. The only sore spot here is we don't know whether these games will be out next year, in 2018 or beyond.
Of course, the possibility of Sony holding back info on these games for gamescom (or Paris Games Week) and for this year's PlayStation Experience is quite high, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.
You know you had one awesome press conference when you don't even need to announce or show off your new upcoming console (PS4 Neo). Heck, even PSVR's release date fell to the wayside since all we could think of were the games.
Now this is the way to deliver a press conference, Sony! I hope other game companies follow suit!
Sony nailed it. They let the gameplay do the talking, and boy did it work! God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn are my personal gameplay demo highlights. I'm still not totally sold on PlayStation VR, but the Resident Evil 7 biohazard stage demo had me intrigued. Perhaps it will win me over, eventually.