Heading into E3, PlayStation's executives may well have focused their E3 preparations on various ways of theatrically dropping the mic. The PlayStation 4 was so far ahead in terms of sales, and its exclusive games were so much better than those on the Xbox One, that 'winning' E3 may have appeared little more than a formality.
In the aftermath of the Xbox press briefing, however, in which Microsoft took confident strides towards laying the doubts about its first-party strategy to rest, Sony will need a stellar display of strength to win the day. Fortunately, it has Naughty Dog's The Last of Us II, Insomniac's Spider-Man, Kojima Productions' Death Stranding and Media Molecule's Dreams to use as a foundation, along with whichever third-party developers decide to hitch their wagons to the industry's leading console platform.
Sony may not have acquired four new studios, but this year's E3 should be a reminder that's because it really doesn't need to.
The fun starts at 18:00 PST / 21:00 EST / 02:00 BST (Tuesday) / 11:00 AEST (Tuesday).