Joey Chiu, who was first in line to buy the PlayStation 4 for its launch in 2013, and first in line to get a PS4 Pro when that launched in 2016, out-of-the-blue got a PlayStation 5 from Sony.
“Patience is a virtue, this is for you,” said the note inside the box.
Chiu’s PS4 acquisition in 2013 was one of the most fun stories in an incredibly fun year for video gaming. He just wanted to get a PS4 and somehow ended up first in line at the console’s launch event in New York that November. Andrew House, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment (as it was then known) and Jack Tretton, SCE’s U.S. boss, brought Chiu up on stage for the ceremonial First Console awarding.
House and Tretton — who five months earlier had gone to the mat for players in one of the all-time greatest E3 keynotes in the history of the galaxy — gazed with smug benevolence at the camera, as Chiu pointed at himself with mock “who, me?” surprise. After hoisting the PS4 box, Chiu busted out the Antonio Banderas reaction meme — which Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida and Naughty Dog studio memorably followed.
So yeah, with a global pandemic making such silly in-person fun impossible this time, good on Sony for still making the callback to the moment. After getting the PlayStation 5 on Tuesday, two days before its launch, Chiu tweeted the news. Sony USA followed up with a five-heart-emoji reply.
The PlayStation 5 launches tomorrow, officially. It’s been hard to find for pre-order, and Sony has said it’s only going to be available for sale through online storefronts on day one. Walmart.com will have units ready for order at four different times beginning at noon ET on Thursday.