Welcome to The Gameological Society’s liveblog of Sony’s E3 2013 press conference, which begins at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time. Sony executives have surely enjoyed the past three weeks as the Xbox One has taken its licks from legions of wary players online. But Sony may also have viewed the feeding frenzy with some foreboding, as the PlayStation 4 might very well have its own restrictions on used games, and its own requirements for the console to “phone home.” If Sony reveals that its plans are similar to Microsoft’s, then we may witness a great deal of hand-wringing indeed among the fans who have to live in this brave new world.
Most notably, this event is practically guaranteed to mark the public’s first look at the actual PlayStation 4—Sony’s “unveiling” in February only showed us the controller. There are those who say it doesn’t matter what the new consoles look like, and to them I say poppycock. Our society is not yet so far “in the cloud” that industrial design has ceased to matter. I’m personally hoping that Sony reveals a machine that flows with elegance as a contrast to the monolithic brutality of the Xbox One’s design (a design I happen to like, for what that’s worth).
The liveblog is above, as is streaming video of the event, courtesy of Twitch. You can also watch the press conference live at playstation.com. Please say your piece in the liveblog’s comments—the commentary is moderated, but we’ll try to publish as many smart/funny/insightful remarks as our clicking fingers allow.