Video: 'The future of the PlayStation' from Phil Harrison, in 2000

Former and longtime Sony exec Phil Harrison's fascinating GDC 2000 Sony keynote, given ahead of PlayStation 2's Western launch -- right before the console went on to win the world.

The PlayStation 2 ultimately became the best-selling video game console in history, shifting over 150 million units. These were Sony's salad days. And they had a beginning, of course.

In this 2000 keynote, delivered a week after the console launched in Japan and ahead of its release in the West, former Sony exec Phil Harrison delivers a characteristically charismatic look at Sony's then-new hardware, as the company was poised to strike.

The speech was geared towards "the creative and technical people in the audience," meant to inspire them to "challenge your development metholodogy and really think of new ways to bring great content to market in the future," Harrison said at the time.

It's a fascinating look back at Sony's aspirations for its second big bet in games, and the one that brought it the most success -- a snapshot of a time that's so easy to forget, as we live in a much-changed era and amidst the success of the PlayStation 4, a different kind of success that lives alongside smartphones and resurgent PC games.

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In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its new YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC, GDC Europe, and GDC Next already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.

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