As of yesterday, it's been 10 years since Sony took to the stage at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York for a PlayStation Meeting and formally introduced the PS4 generation. Without even showing the console (that beat came at E3 2013), the company revealed the sort of experiences one could get excited about for the next seven years or so. It was the showcase that began Sony's dominance of the past generation of consoles.
New PS4 games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, DriveClub, inFAMOUS: Second Son, The Witness, Dreams, and Destiny all debuted. Funnily enough, it was also the first and only time we saw Deep Down from Capcom. While Microsoft focused on TV, Sony made its keynote all about the games — alongside the waffle from executives you don't really get in gaming conferences anymore.
As such, fans and members of the media who were there that day have been reflecting on the event and what it meant at the time. VGC editor Andy Robinson posted how attendees were "stunned" to discover the briefing would be two hours long and how "mainstream journalists [were] losing their minds following Sony’s decision not to show the physical console" as they didn't have a picture to publish in the newspaper.
Meanwhile, fans have been sharing their memories of the conference in a ResetEra thread. Temascos said: "They showed what they learned from the PS3, and while some things didn't pan out as intended like with the system downloading games for you to check out (Which would have been turned off by so many people if it was actually a thing) it was the console that was needed at the time. This and E3 2013 really helped seal the deal for Sony early on in that generation. So many great moments."
Silent remembers he was "tutoring a class in college during the presentation, so I refreshed GAF whenever I could to see updates. 8 GB of GDDR5 was crazy to see; as far as I remember, nobody thought it would be that high. And then the Killzone money shot. That was a fun time." Finally, Rob Zombie said: "I still feel that despite having very conservative hardware, the PS4 really punched above its weight in terms of visuals. Seeing Killzone and Infamous in those early years of last gen were great. Lighting and particle effects just blew me away and very detailed character models as well."