On December 3, 1994, the first PlayStation console was sold in Japan and 22 years to the day, Sony celebrated a new line of virtual reality games at the PlayStation Experience (PSX). In its third year, this annual event held in Anaheim, California caters not to the press, but to the fans—a common thread among publishers today who recognize the value of influencer marketing. Sony celebrated its legacy while ushering in its future through new titles and remastered versions of some of the platform’s greatest hits.
The keynote began with a suspenseful trailer for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy that had the audience erupting in screams and applause when they realized it starred both Chloe Frazier from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Nadine Ross, who debuted in Uncharted 4. Then, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment America and chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, Shawn Layden took the stage to welcome fans to the event and thank them for sharing PlayStation’s journey thus far. “We’ve been here for 22 years and we’re not going anywhere,” he told the crowd, “thank you for being part of that.”
Sony then proceeded to unveil and showcase over 40 previously announced games—it was like E3 in December. Uncharted’s tale of femmes fatales was only the beginning, followed by Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, announcements for remastered classics like Wipeout, PaRappa the Rappa and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Fans were also treated to additional footage from Gran Turismo Sport, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, Gravity Rush 2 and MLB The Show 17, not to mention The Last of Us Part II.
Hot on the heels of its PlayStation VR launch, Sony showed off upcoming experiences that feature VR support including Starblood Arena, Ace Combat 7 and Resident Evil 7, which just launched its final demo for PS4, PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR.
In addition to letting fans get their hands on some of these upcoming titles, PlayStation Experience hosted developer panels and eSports events as well. The Capcom Cup Finals were hosted at the show, as well as the Call of Duty World League, back for another exciting season.
“This has been a truly remarkable year for PlayStation—from the historic releases of PlayStation VR and PS4 Pro to the thrilling conclusion of Nathan Drake’s journey in Uncharted 4,” Layden wrote on the PlayStation blog following the keynote, “and it’s thanks to your passion and enthusiasm that we can come together and celebrate at PlayStation Experience.”