Hello from sunny Paris, where I'm just catching lunch with GI's Dan Pearson before we head to the conference.
That, then, is a wrap. Sony brought its big guns to Paris for its conference, with Polyphony announcing a new Gran Turismo, Quantic Dream introducing Detroit: Become Human and plenty more. Oh, and there was a big spread of meat. See how it all unfolded below.Watch live video from PlayStation on www.twitch.tv
And I'm just starting to get excited. Pretty sure we're in for some major announcements.
Locked in, pretty much, is Dreams. We can expect more on Uncharted 4. And I'm pretty certain we'll see Wild too.
Exciting as that all is, it's the stuff I'm not so sure on that's where it's at. Quantic Dreams new joint, and hey why not a glimpse of Gran Turismo on PS4 too.
All that would send me home a very happy boy.
Exciting update, with just under two hours to go. We're in the holding pen, which is bathed in blue light. There's loads of cured meat on offer - carcinogens be damned, I'm getting involved in some saussicon sec.
Bratters has told me to try and not offend any French people. You just try and stop me.
I've actually been very amicable, thank you very much, and tipped generously for my salad nicoise earlier on.
If you've got 13 minutes to kill before the show kicks off itself, would like some idle chat about what we're expecting from the show and are also curious about what the place I'm staying in Paris looks like, you could watch this brief video Chris Bratt put together last night.
Famous people I have seen while sitting in the meat pen! Namco Bandai's Katsuhiro Harada! vg247's Pat Garratt!
OK, I haven't seen that many famous people. I'm going back to the meat table, will let you know if I spot anyone else between here and the pork.
Famous people update #2! Saw Media Molecule's Alex Evans. And Sony's lovely PR chap Hugo Bus-stops, who's obviously being tight-lipped about what we're going to see tonight. He said it'd be exciting. But he would say that, wouldn't he?
Exciting battery update! My laptop is at 95 per cent, which doesn't seem that exciting right now, but who knows? Maybe that'll plummet later in the show, and this is the start of an amazing, dramatic thread of events.
All the writers/bloggers are sitting around exchanging quite awkward conversation while they wait. It's at times like this running a live report works wonders in helping me sidestep small-talk. This kind of thing could work wonders at family events in the future.
What curious timing for Sony to make the first official acknowledgement of Gran Turismo on PS4.
I don't know what I'd do if they announced that tonight. I do know you probably wouldn't want to be sitting next to me when it happens though.
VG247 for meat table pix!
Right, this is war. We will not be outdone.
Anyway, that's the meat spread. Right there. Enjoy it - breathe in all that pork.
Fifty five minutes to go. 55. Five Five.
I think I got here too early.
Who's drinking what for this one? I'm keeping it strictly to the Perrier for the conference itself, sadly, as I'm due to see a fair handful of the games directly afterwards.
I was thinking G&T in 20mins?
Get started now. Treat yourself. It's Tuesday.
What studios do we not know the current projects of? Other than quantic dream.
Studio Liverpool! No, wait...
I don't think we know what Sony Bend's working on, but I don't think we'll find out tonight.
Will Pele be making an appearance ?
Sean from Hello Games tweeted that he won't be at this. I wouldn't hold my breath for a No Mans Sky release date unless it's announced by Sony rather than Hello Games which would be rather odd /sorryifitsoldnews
That's new news! Thanks!
Gah Martin, I've just realised we didn't mention Insomniac Games in our video. BAD GAMES JOURNALISTS.
But aren't Insomniac just making Ratchet and Clank, which is basically just for American children?
The other news we're expecting - well, that's broken already - is PlayStation Plus League, which is an eSports service for PS4. More details on the site shortly.
As for new games, I'd like Kojima to walk on stage and Announce a brand new Horror game called P.S. or something (see what I did there?)
Wow, wouldn't that be something.
But aren't Insomniac just making Ratchet and Clank, which is basically just for American children?Martin, nobody thinks you sound cool when you talk like that.
Let's not bicker in public! You'll just make me cry again.
People with cameras are being ushered in now. People with just laptops, like myself, will have to wait a little longer to take our seats.
I'm fine with that, though. Means there's less competition for the meat table.
The question is what do Sony announce tonight and what do they leave for PS Experience. Better be some good announcements.
I reckon No Man's Sky will be held back for then, plus the PlayStation VR date/final price. I'm probably wrong though, innit.
That's the cake table for you, right there. Don't get that on vg247, do ya?
We are in the auditorium. This is happening, right now.
I say it's happening. We're looking at a showreel of Shadow of the Beast, while it sounds like someone's doing some heavy breathing into the microphone.
Could just be Jim Ryan limbering up.
Just got back from a tactical toilet break, and bumped into Kazunori Yamauchi.
Promise I didn't do anything weird.
Anyway, he was wearing a nice new Gran Turismo t-shirt. If he's just planning on sitting in the audience he's very, very on-brand.
Shadow of the Beast is still playing on the bigs creen.
I got to play it earlier and it's coming along very nicely. So pretty!
Just under ten minutes left to go, and it's feeling pretty electric in here. Either that's the static from one of Jim Ryan's satin shirts, or we're about to see some seriously exciting stuff go down.
Some of the animations from Shadow of the Beast look like they were lifted straight from GOW, the art ditection looks a little like a GOW game too, who's working on this game again?
Heavy Spectrum, a fairly new studio. From the progress I saw on it today, I'd say it's looking at release early next year.
I imagine Martin is walking around with a laptop tied around his neck like the characters in Typing of the Dead
And with a Dreamcast strapped to my back. Yeah, pretty much.
This conference is scheduled to last 90 minutes.
In 90 minutes, you could watch Kubrick's Path to Glory, The Lion King, Rashomon or This Is Spinal Tap.
Or, y'know, you could just stay here and watch all this unfold.
Martin expecting a conference to run to time. Aww bless.
Well, I expect they'll be on stage for 90 minutes. As to when they take to the stage...
Has a Sony conference every started on time, or run to time?
This could be the day.... Two minutes left to make history, Sony.
'The show is about to begin'. There's whooping and hollering. Grown adults weeping in the aisles.
Well, people have quietened down a little at least.
Bowel-shaking bass time. Now we'll see who overindulged at the meat table.
Did that... Did that conference start on time?
Anyway, true to type, it's showreel and obnoxious music time. Battlefront, DriveClub, Street Fighter 5, Last Guardian and... Well, pretty much every game coming to a PlayStation console we know about.
Straight in with Jim Ryan, who's left the satin at home.
He hasn't left the hench, though.
We're celebrating the 20th Anniversary of PlayStation (in the EU at least), and here's all the exclusive games for PS4!
Oh, and a lot more third party ones.
Some of them do have PS4 exclusive items, though!
Clapping like seals
I don't think it's quite genuine.
The price cut, which I'm sure would normally have been announced at a conference like this, is getting a little time onstage.
Also there's a PS4 Black Ops 3 bundle and here's Zombies and oh come on show us the money.
Black Ops 3's Zombies trailer is currently the bassiest thing we've had so far. Proper brown note stuff.
There's a wind-up monkey, bad dogs, zombies, guns.
No-one's clapping any more.
Ooop, wait, there they go.
Star Wars Battlefront - which is Sony's big new hope this Christmas - being paid its dues now.
I drunkenly bought a copy of The Phantom Menace on the way back from the pub on Saturday night, then watched it into the small hours. All my enthusiasm for The Force Awakens gone in one drunken night.
Jim Ryan takes to the stage in full Jedi garb.
Ah, no, he's just got the same suit on. Battlefront's also getting a bundle.
They're keeping the big announcements - that's assuming we'll get any! - back right now.
Here's Street Fighter 5, with Dhalsim making an appearance.
And the lovely Yoshi Ono is on stage to tell us more.
This Ryan bloke has the personality of a kipper! ........A sleeping Kipper that is in a deep freeze!Thats also Dead
He's one hell of a sexy, ripped kipper.
Ah, so it seems all this Street Fighter 5 stuff has leaked already. I was too busy taking pictures of the meat spread to notice.
Dhalsim has a beard now.
Everyone has a beard now.
They're just not special any more.
Six new characters will be coming to Street Fighter 5 the year of release.
And finally, the release date...
Tuesday 16th February 2016 release date.
And that's a global date.
I remember paying £60 for Super Street Fighter 2 and another £20 for an adaptor for the NTSC version to work on my PAL SNES. We live in enlightened times.
Harada is on stage now, just generally being awesome.
Why are Harada and his translator wearing shades though?
Those other characters, apparently: Alex, Urien, Juri, Guile, Ibuki and Balrog.
The internet works fast!
Harada takes centre stage now, announcing Tekken 7 is coming to PS4.
I thought we knew that... I may have been making assumptions though.
Tekken 7 is huge in Japanese arcades now. Although, of course, it's not going up against Street Fighter 5, which isn't coming to arcades.
Is now a good time to ask about Tekken x Street Fighter?
I bought the original Tekken alongside my PS1. It feels like a proper PlayStation series (though I think this one is also coming to Xbox One).
Best eyebrows in game, this Tekken lark.
Heihachi is crying. It's al got a bit awkward.
And now.... BATTLEBORN!
It has guns and colours and it's one of about 247 shooter games right now encroaching on the MOBA space.
Jim Ryan looks more and more rugged each time he comes on stage.
He'll be topless by the end of this, in torn trousers. Kind of like an executive hot Ryu.
This one's new to me - Boundless. Which looks a bit like a moody Minecraft.
A moody, smart, and very impressive looking Minecraft, it should be said.
What a pleasant surprise that was.
Now I'm just confused. There's music and an Amplitude-like game, and a young man with a private jet and a laptop.
This is just making me feel old. Anyway, that's Vector.
No Man's Sky.
Sean Murray has said he's not here - so it might be expecting too much for anything beyond a new trailer.
Still, No Man's Sky! It still looks fine. We all still really want to play it.
And we've got (something approaching) a release date. June 2016.
Michael Denny, who's taken the bold decision to unbutton his shirt so you can see the t-shirt beneath it, is on-stage.
A new Housemarque game. Is this the Eugene Jarvis joint they're working on?
It's got all them voxels we loved so much in Resogun.
A reminder that we've an hour to go. Lots of room for some more surprises.
That was Matterfall. No mention of Eugene Jarvis.
Not much of an idea how it'll play either, sadly.
Oh hello Ratchet & Clank. And goodbye. See you next spring!
Guerrilla's Horizon, and the sophisticated, handsome, delightful Herman Hulst.
The game's looking almost as handsome as Herman. Almost.
if i recall, this is more 30fps trash.
Tom Morgan of DF is sitting next to me, counting every frame of the conference so we can keep score. I think there's been 749,849 frames so far.
Oh man I think Tom just missed a frame and is now going to have to start from the beginning again.
Onwards to Horizon. It has robo-dinosaurs. What's not to like?
Bloodborne, which has a very, very strong claim to being game of the year, is going to take to the stage to show off its new expansion.
Back briefly to Horizon - nothing new, but a welcome extended look at it all.
Bloodborne's expansion, The Old Hunters, is out November24th.
DriveClub bikes, which leaked earlier today, is up now.
It's so hard to get bikes right - I still think the best effort on console is Polyphony's Tourist Trophy.
Interested to see how Evolution is going to handle them.
New tour, multiplayer events and challenges for DriveClub Bikes - and it'll be an expansion, or a standalone.
And it's available NOW.
Which is annoying, as I left my PS4 at home.
Keicho Toyama to show us Gravity Rush 2.
This is going to be special.
We're going to see the game in action, and see the combat system.
Gravity Rush 2 in action. Yes, basically.
Tag team battles, big boss fights, all the style in the world. That was Gravity Rush 2.
Uncharted is up now. Christophe Ballestre does have a French accent, but I swear he's putting it on a bit here!
Will this be the multiplayer reveal?
Sidekicks, magic and... Ooh, a release date.
March 18th, with beta coming December 4th-18th.
It's also playable on the show floor.
And after this conference. We'll bring you more details on it later tonight.
Things blow up, people shoot each other, and it's kind of hard to tell what else is going on in this pre-rendered trailer.
Denny's asking us to clap again.
Hasn't there been enough clapping already?
Dreams can come true, as Gabrielle once sang.
She probably had a better idea of what this game is about than any of us.
We're seeing this later today, so I hope to get some clarity!
This is a live demo of Dreams.
Mark Healy is using the DualShock 4 to move an Imp on-screen - it's what you use to interact with the world.
Lots of physics-based items being moved around a small playspace.
We've possessed a mental looking bear using the Imp - it's possessed the character, and can now move it around the screen.
I think I'm beginning to get this?
It's got a lovely, painterly look.
Oh I'm so easily won over. I like the look of this.
We're through the door of a small building we conjured, and it's transported us into a 'small story'.
We're now in charge of a thumping big mouse. It does look wonderful, but now I'm back to thinking it's a bit of a flat adventure game.
Well, that was Dreams.
We'll be able to tell you more once we've seen it a little later.
Shu Yoshida - lovely, lovely Shu - is now on-stage to bring the noise.
Some VR noise first off.
There's a Eurogamer quote on-stage. I definitely never said that.
Okay I been gone for 15m. What did I miss?
Sony bought Nintendo, killed Mario live onstage.
This is Rigs, which is being worked on by Guerrilla's studio in Cambridge.
It's a competitive shooter in which players control hovering droids. And walking droids. And boosting droids.
It's all eSpats innit.
Someone did a goal. They're made up over it.
So where's VR Wipeout, then?
Until Dawn Rush of Blood has been announced for PlayStation VR.
It's a VR exclusive.
Until Dawn was surprisingly good, wasn't it?
Cevat Yerli of Crytek - remember them? - is on-stage now.
20 minutes to go, clock-watchers!
Could Sony get a winner at the last moment? Cage and Yamauchi are pacing up and down the sidelines waiting for their numbers to be called.
Oh and Crytek just announced a VR game called Robinson: The Journey. Shite name.
It's an extension of the dinosaur demo Crytek has been showing for a while.
That t-rex has eyebrows like a Kazuya.
A quick look at Rebellion's Battle Zone, and now Shu's back onstage.
Bobby Zemeckis' recent movie film The Walk had a VR experience, apparently. I did not know this!
It was about that chap that walked between the Twin Towers, and as you can imagine the VR experience is quite adept at inducing vertigo.
Over 200 developers are working on PlayStation VR. So here's a monet-tage of them all.
Well, not all of them, I hope. We've got 15 minutes to go, and I want more announcements.
Jim Ryan steps back from the wilderness to take centre stage once more.
Tekken 7 is coming to PlayStation VR. How so?
Anyway, here we go.
Excuse while I just gawp at this.
There was a Porsche in there. Is the Stuttgart marque coming to GT finally?
Anyway, Gran Turismo Sport.
It's got cars in it!
Plus the partnership with the FIA that was announced last year.
We're seeing Audi's new GT3 R8, the Mazda Vision car, the R18 from a couple of years back.
Not much in the way of details just yet. But here's Kaz.
And his amazing translator!
Oh god Jim Ryan and Kazunori Yamauchi on-stage at once, I think I might explode.
Love Kaz's arrogance. Basically, he wants to save motorsport.
Within the game there'll be officially sanctioned FIA championships.
Will Polyphony be recycling assets from the PS2 GT games again?
He told me last year that yes, they are. He says a lot of things though!
In the fan cup there'll be the opportunity to represent your favourite marque.
The FIA's based just down the road from here in Paris, so it makes sense to make this announce, in this way, here.
Is this just a GT Prologue type of game?
My money's on that, yeah.
This, by the way, is all stuff that Yamauchi spoke about a year ago.
You can read more on all that here.
Gran Turismo Sport is going into beta testing early next year.
Even I'm bored by this...
Gran Turismo Sport will, of course, be supporting PlayStation VR.
Now here's the final money shot. Michel Ancel with Wild.
He just *looks* fun.
We're seeing this in a bit more detail after the conference. Can't wait!
You're a shaman, and you can control animals.
With this, Patrice Desliet's new game and Far Cry Primal we're having a bit of a wave of pre-historic games.
Time for Molyneux to come back with BC?
The animation in this is just lovely. And you can ride a bear.
There aren't enough bears in games.
Jim Ryan, with a beard, would make a lovely bear.
From a bear to a rabbit. Each one can disrupt/interact with things in their own unique way.
We're running out of time for anything from Quantic Dream, for what it's worth - this is going to see out the show, I reckon.
The bear is standing up on two legs and this is like Gentle Ben and that's all it takes to make me fall for a game.
A bear! On its hind legs!
Now there's a lady with snake boobs and I'm just a bit confused.
Still, the bear on its hind legs!
I'm wrong! Again!
David Cage, everyone!
This looks like it'll be a continuation of the excellent Kara demo/short film.
Time from Cage on stage to him uttering emotions: three seconds.
Is that a record?
There's a big Dick influence in the original short and its central question, what is human. I expect there to be a lot of Dick in the final game.
Quantic Dream's next game is... Detroit: Become Human.
And this is that video game.
If this plays it straight, it could be something quite special. I loved the Kara demo.
This looks like a move away from teh big Hollywood names that were in Beyond, which is probably a good thing.
The applause, this time, is genuine.
Gran Turismo Sport, Detroit: Become Human and some extended looks at some other hot games of 2016.
Not a bad 90 minutes. Probably not as good as The Lion King, but you can't have everything.
And we're about to wrap.
Well, people are shunting past me as they rush to the after-show, which is the other side of town.
We'll have plenty more from the show over the next couple of days. Thanks for joining us at the show! I'm off to see how much of the meat spread is left for the taking.