SCEA’s press conference took the crowd from pandemonium to silence in one short hour. When the trailer for Gran Turismo 4 was revealed everyone went wild: it looked predictably and unbelievably gorgeous at the same time, and promised even more cars and tracks than ever before. However, when Ken Kutaragi walked out to announce the PSP, everyone was speechless.
PlayStation had never released a portable system and the PSP boasted a standard of visuals on a par with what people were playing at home, a brand new media format in the UMD (Universal Media Disc) and the ability to play movies and music on the move.
That’s not to say that the PlayStation 2 was forgotten: after GT4 there were two more big hitters making waves – Metal Gear Solid 3 and my favourite game of all time, Resident Evil 4.
We were screeching into the present day and within winking distance of a new generation of home consoles. High speed Internet was whipping into more and more homes and the industry was moving towards its networked future.