Consider this a sort of warning: E3 2017 will bring surprises. Many of those will come via press conferences. To get you hyped up for the week of gaming madness, we’ve collected as many of history’s press conferences as we can. It’s a great look at not only what was presented, but how it was presented.
We’ve collected these before, but there have been a couple years since then, so consider this an HD remaster of those.
The 1995 press event that started it all, include “Full Jpeg Video” and “1.5 Million polygons”. Impressive! It was also the first time the company dropped the price microphone. Sega had *just* announced that the Saturn was launching at $399, but Sony took it upon themselves to announce $299 as their price point. Swag!
1996-2003: It’s difficult to find many videos of Sony’s E3 press events during the late Nineties, but we did manage to find a few booth tours and a recap video of the Playstation 2 reveal from the Tokyo Game Show in September of 1999.
1997: Sony booth tour.
1998: A look at the big PlayStation games that were displayed this year.
Have a look at the clip below of the PS2 reveal in 1999 at TGS.
2001: With the PS2 having had a banner first year, and both Nintendo and Microsoft bringing the heat with their own new consoles, Sony wowed gamers with games like Metal Gear Solid 2 and Devil May Cry.
2002: Sony booth tour.
2004: The year that Sony announced the PSP and directly went up against Nintendo’s handheld dominance. Also: Gran Turismo 4, GTA: San Andreas, and God of War made appearances. Finally, hints about the PS3 were dropped as Sony referenced the work being done with the Cell processor that would power future hardware.
2005: Sony officially reveals the PlayStation 3, including the boomerang controller and Metal Gear Solid 4.
2006: Sony launches the PS3, ushering in BluRay to the world
2007: Gran Turismo 5 and PS Home all make appearances in a game-packed conference
2008: An absolutely adorable Little Big Planet presentation of Sony’s sales numbers is just the tip of this press conference. Resistance 2 shares the stage with Pacific Rift, God of War 3, and Sony’s DC MMO.
2009: Uncharted 2 and Last Guardian blow minds, while the PSP go was leaked days earlier. Watch part 1 below and the full playslist here.
2010: PS Move takes center stage, as does the announcement of PS Plus, but the real show stealer was Kevin Butler, the character created for Sony’s Playstation advertisements that fans loved. Oh, and also PORTAL 2. Part 1 is below, and the full playlist here.
2011: Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, and the PS Vita were the heroes of the press event. Part 1 below, and full playlist here.
2012: With the next generation of consoles imminent, Sony took the wraps off Beyond, The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, and PlayStation All Stars.
2013: If there is any E3 moment that will remain in people’s minds for years to come, it’s probably the biggest microphone on Earth as Sony announced the PS4’s $399 price just hours after Microsoft announced Xbox’s $499 price. Also: games!
2014: Uncharted 4, Bloodbourne and No Man’s Sky highlighted last year’s Sony press event.
2015: Horizon Zero Dawn debuts and wows, No Man’s Sky takes us to another planet, and Project Morpheus!
2016: Last year’s event was pretty amazing. Final Fantasy. God of War. Crash Bandicoot! It seemed like all of Sony’s greatest hits were returning.