- SCEA President Jack Tretton
joked as he took the stage, "Thank god you guys showed up."
His self-deprecating, nervous laughter was directed at all of the company's leaks - even Sony boss Kaz Hirai
admitted the PSP Go! was "the worst-kept secret of E3.
But Sony's audience was there to applaud every stat: 364 games are coming to PlayStation 3 in the next year; the platform generated 30 percent of total retail sales for the industry in 2008.
To quote: "It's just the beginning of what we expect in 2009," Tretton said.
"I suspect the reason some of you have bags under your eyes is because you've been playing Infamous since it came out last week." Applause, cheers - and audible gasps - for the frankly breathtaking Uncharted 2 footage presented by Naughty Dog's Evan Wells, who said it "sets the new gold standard in limit-pushing."
Whoops, cheers, howls, for Modern Warfare 2, Rock Band: Beatles, Ratchet & Clank Future 2 and Heavy Rain; for Metal Gear Solid Peacewalker (stressed numerous times as the franchise's "true" sequel), Gran Turismo 5 and God of War III, for new exclusive Rockstar IP Agent and shock reveal Final Fantasy XIV, and for the unrelenting barrage of PS3 exclusives shown on a day when nobody was expecting very many.
The audience only...