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Maybe one day, if I acquire the self-confidence, the swag, the alpha-dog commitment to my own personal brand. Maybe then I will become powerful enough to pull off what Jim Ryan, the newly minted Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, did last night at CES:.
Pure magic. I’ve never been more enthralled. Without doubt, the biggest flex at CES this year.
In anticipation of Sony’s CES conference, taking place at the biggest tech conference in the world, some of us had heard rumours. All signs pointed toward Sony announcing something PlayStation 5-related. Given Microsoft unveiled its next-generation console at, the timing seemed right. So when Jim Ryan walked out at the opening of Sony’s Conference, we waited with baited breath.
In CNET’s CES press room you could cut the tension with a knife. The chatter hushed, the TVs cranked to full volume. Journalists hunkered over their computers, brows furrowed in anticipation of what we were about to see.
Which turned out to be… absolutely nothing.
Sony announced a logo. A PlayStation 5 logo that looks exactly like every other PlayStation logo, except instead of a “3” or a “4” or a “P” or a “V” there was… a “5.”
Then Jim Ryan just sort of walked off stage, delivering the purest of mic drops for a logo that looked exactly like everyone expected it would. A logo that literally could not have looked like anything else even if it wanted to.
This unveiling, this “reveal,” was truly spectacular. The preamble, the tone, everything suggested pomp. It was played completely straight, with no suggestion that Sony was aware that making a huge deal of a logo announcement was strange or outlandish. Instead: a complete commitment to its own self-importance. The world must stop spinning on its axis for this moment in time, this logo. A logo that looks the same as the other logos, except for the number 5.
Incredible. Majestic. Powerful.
It’s my favourite moment of CES 2020 so far. The perfect reflection of a brand so confident in its position as the number 1 console on the planet thatwas a logo announcement.
It’s not hubris. It’s more than that. It was a flex so savage it bent space and time. I’m just thankful I got to witness it live. My grandchildren will be hearing about this.