Back at their February press conference in NYC, Sony took the stage — almost tentatively — to reveal their next-generation PlayStation 4 platform. Having not released a new home console in nearly seven years, they were re-entering a competitive landscape that had changed considerably since the PlayStation 3 landed, rather ungracefully, in 2006. Having dominated the pre-PS3 era — putting 155 million-plus PS2s in living rooms — they were now facing an audience they no longer knew, one that’d become increasingly content to flail their limbs in front of Nintendo’s Wii and fling birds at pigs on smartphones and tablets. Couple this shift to more casual fare with PS3’s rough start, and their gaming-dedicated PS4 seemed like a risk.
By the time Sony’s E3 press conference rolled around this past summer, though, they weren’t just riding high on enthusiastic fan feedback and positive buzz, they looked like legit rock stars in light of Microsoft’s early Xbox One marketing missteps. In less than six months, their trepidation had transformed into a confident swagger, one that sticks with them as the PS4 arrives first to the next-gen war’s front line. As a gamer who’s been enjoying the pastime since doing so required tethering a TV to a Telstar — Google it, kids! — I’m happy to report the PS4 is well-positioned to deliver on its console-for-gamers promise.
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