The most remarkable thing about Sony's Gamescom press conference today wasn't the big game announcements (Sony still loves indie games) or the PS4 feature demonstrations (the new menu looks like a video game console menu). It was Sony's overarching, at times infectious confidence.
While the event didn't have the same razzle-dazzle of their PS4 reveal event or their megaton E3 showing, Sony's confidence remained evident at every moment of their blue-hued stage show. Well... okay, not every moment; the cameraperson might have had a few too many cups of coffee:
Sony mostly treated today's press conference as an expected waypoint on the way to the PS4's release, and as an opportunity to flesh out the broader infrastructure atop which it will sit. Specifically their Vita handheld, which now makes more sense than it ever has, both as a clearinghouse for cheap-to-publish, terrific indie games and as a fantastic-looking accessory for the PS4. (I truly hope the Vita's off-TV remote play works as well as it did in that demonstration. I've been wanting to do that on my Vita ever since remote play was announced—but sporadically implemented—for the PS3.)