The responses from the internet brood, indicates that the best part of the Sony press conference was actually from the Microsoft press conference. Microsoft essentially set the ball high and steady and the only thing Sony had to do wasn’t even to spike; Sony only had to not set it again. Sony interacting with this ball (analogy) in anyway that was different from Microsoft was destined to be a huge success. But the measure of that success didn’t contain metrics I’m used to. I didn’t shit myself right out of my chair when the Sega Saturn announced it was going to use discs. I was watching a friend stream a game while watching the Sony press conference, both on Twitch, so the “new” features didn’t give me the overwhelming sense of novelty that seemed to be affecting the monosyllabic stream chat - the “ohhhhh” “shit” and “win” uses were uncountable. The crowds cheering to the “death” of Microsoft and boasting how Sony had already won, seemed slightly premature from a console standpoint and years behind from a PC owner standpoint. But that was just the beginning to an evening of feeling like a complete alien on an internet I call home.
Right after the Sony bigwigs were done soaking up the cheers of the crowd, condensing the applause into liquid, and pouring pure we’re-not-Microsoft love into goblets for the after party is when the Sony underlings began repeating an amazingly concise script. The sum things up: 399. I can only imagine the chambers these poor souls were stored in and the Clockwork Orange like conditions they were subjected to in order to wipe their minds of any other phrase other than “399”.