Thoughts From The PlayStation Experience Showfloor

By Jenni . December 6, 2014 . 10:09pm

The PlayStation Experience is bigger than I expected.

 

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I thought the PlayStation Experience wouldn’t be too large. Something closer to a small convention than a major event. I mean, it’s the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation, sure, but it’s also a celebration of only one of the "big three." I was excited, of course, but figured it was PS4 centric. How big could it be?

 

I was wrong. The PlayStation Experience is a massive endeavor and I feel foolish for ever questioning it. I wrote this article in parts throughout the day on Saturday, so please excuse the disjointed nature.

 

My first hint that this was going to be something of a mini-E3 was a few nights before I left for Vegas. I looked on my Facebook timeline and saw a number of my friends posting about a PlayStation Experience Groupon offer. It was a portend of things to come.

 

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When I arrived in Vegas, I happened to start talking to an employee at the Venetian’s Godiva shop. He asked why I was here, and I mentioned PlayStation Experience. His eyes lit up, and he started going on and on about how excited he was and his desire to attend.

 

But, the clearest indication that the PlayStation Experience is huge hit me when I was sitting in line at the Media check-in line, waiting for it to open. As I strolled down the Sands Expo hallway, I marveled at the mob of people clustered together, waiting in line. It was extraordinary, and an outpouring of Sony love in a single demonstration.

 

I expected a small, low key, opening ceremony. Nothing major, perhaps 2,000 odd people gathered together to hear the opening address. Of course, this was what I imagined when I thought the PlayStation Experience was going to be more quaint. I was astonished as the hall kept filling with people. More and more constantly poured in, all excited about their favorite, Sony systems. The tension was palpable, though that could have been the rampant dubstep.

 

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Now, I pick this up after having spent an entire day on the show floor. The people kept coming. Lines were endless. There were even hour long waits to play the Destiny expansion early, even though it will be available on December 9, 2014. Forget trying out Project Morpheus, unless you have a magic Media badge that gets you into the press lounge where the wait is far more manageable. If you wanted to play a game that first day, seven out of ten times there will was a line.

 

Some places were less crowded than others. I had no trouble finding a cushion to plop down on to play Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late. The wait for independent games was small to non-existent. Still, even the booths that weren’t as busy were far from empty. There might have been a momentary lulls, but it wouldn’t be long before someone wandered over to give some love to the less prominent endeavors.

 

The thing that pleased me most was the Vita response. I’ve been to E3 for years, and each time I’ve seen the Vita demo stations vacant. People don’t show up in the same numbers. At the PlayStation Experience, they did. If a Vita was empty, it wasn’t for long. People wanted to play and enjoy these games, and it made me smile.

 

The PlayStation Experience has been, thus far, extraordinary. Sure, I haven’t had my hands-on time with No Man’s Sky yet. Still, it’s much more massive than I ever expected, and I sincerely hope the event will continue and grow.


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  • Warboss Aohd

    wonder if we will get any info on Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines.

    cause they announced a localization and so far nothing else.

    • LanceHeart

      Someone posted pics of it being at PS EX.

      • JoJo_649

        Really, where?

        • LanceHeart

          It was seen by other press. Here’s the tweet and apparently the signage says 2015 as release date.

          https://twitter.com/RPGSite/status/541338352151449601

          Oh, and the screenshot has English names.

          • JoJo_649

            Nice!! hopefully it has a retail release.

          • ARMs7777

            originally it was digital but the fan let them know they wanted a physical copy so at the very least the NA version will have a physical copy.

      • Warboss Aohd

        come again?

    • Bob Slim

      Ikr I like to here more about this game.

      Like is it even coming out here anymore.
      Thats how I feel

  • Adrian Duran

    U R not (red) E

    • Slash the stampede

      lol I see what you did there

  • Slash the stampede

    well I’m not one to beg but…meh not going to people have already done it on separate articles now XD
    (which they disguised as questions)

    on the subject of vita I’m curious what interesting titles it will have (and what interesting titles it has now)

    • I played quite a few of the games and will be doing articles on them over the next few days and such.

      I can tell some of my favorites, though. Namely, Oreshika, Severed, Cosmic Star Heroine, and Super Exploding Zoo. Keep an eye out for those four!

  • Keiji Johnson

    Maaan, I can’t believe I’m missing out on something like this! A weekend long celebration of all things PlayStation and I’m not there to (for lack of a better word) experience something like this. (>_<)
    I feel like I'm not a true gamer as I sit here waiting for announcements and reading through this one as well. It really sucks to be broke… and not living in Las Vegas. :-(

    • chronocide

      Dude, I’m in a whole other country. There’s no way I could afford to go to big gaming conventions so I feel you.

  • Limbless

    Kool

  • Daniel Rossevelt

    I wish I could be there.

  • chronocide

    I’m feeling a bit more positive about the future of the Vita with what you’ve said here.

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