Last month I had the honor of being invited out to the PlayStation offices near San Francisco. The best part of my job is when I meet with brands on their territory and learn all about the company, meet employees and see where all the tech magic happens. The PlayStation Family Summit did not disappoint.
I have flown out to San Francisco several times, but I guess I never had a window seat because I don’t ever remember seeing this view. It was such a gorgeous view.
Photo taken with my Olympus PEN E-PM1 from the PEN READY Project.
That evening we met in the hotel lounge for some appetizers, drinks and to catch up. Getting together with a small group of tech mom bloggers is so much fun. It was great catching up with everyone and the desserts were yummy!!
The next morning we headed over to the PlayStation Headquarters where we met with several of PlayStation’s employees and got a super secret tour. The sign outside the conference room welcoming the PlayStation Family.
Eighteen tech bloggers who are also Moms make up the PlayStation Family Group (#PSFamily). Sixteen of us were able to make the trip out to San Francisco.
Meeting Jack Tretton
In the past 4 years, I have attended many brand summits and I can only remember one other time where the CEO of the company came in to talk with us. As a brand ambassador, I realize the importance of what I do, but when the CEO takes time out of his schedule to talk to us personally, then we know that the company values what we do. That was really exciting! I love learning about the history of a tech company, why they do what they do, future plans, their vision and how the products go from idea to being in my home.
Here is Jack Tretton, President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment talking with us about PlayStation’s story and where we fit into the picture. This was a conversation where he listened as much as he talked.
PS Vita In Person!
One of the highlights for me was getting to see, hold and try the new PS Vita. I will do a whole post on the PS Vita, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of it. The touchpad on the back is AWESOME. I wasn’t sure about it, but after trying it out, I love it. PlayStation has some awesome features that tie the PS Vita into your entire Sony Entertainment system.
Isn’t it beautiful?
We also learned a lot about all that the PlayStation has available on the PS3 in terms of entertainment. You could spend weeks on it and never do the same thing twice I think. Don’t worry…I will have lots of future posts covering many of the different features.
Here is a picture of the #PSFamily group with Jack Tretton.
Super Secret Tour
After lunch, we had a super secret tour of the audio department at PlayStation. I could tell you all about it, but then I’d have to kill you! 😀 But seriously…I’ll just say it was AWESOME! I will have a post in a few days with some of the highlights that I can share. I never realized all that went into a game and in particular the audio of a game.
Playing at PlayStation!
A trip to the PlayStation headquarters would not be complete without some game time. Since I was getting over pneumonia and was having a hard time breathing, I left the playing to the others while I watched!
A Little Cha Cha Cha!
We ended the day with a little Cha Cha Cha (not Slide), but Cuban food.
This was the private room in the basement where we ate. The decor was so interesting.
I took the red-eye home straight from dinner. The event was very interesting and I loved catching up with everyone and learning about PlayStation.
Disclosure: Playstation covered my expenses for the trip to the headquarters. All opinions are 100% my own.
Let’s Talk About PlayStation Family!
Is there anything you would like to know more about PlayStation? Anything you would like me to write about? Let me know!
- Meet PlayStation Family (connectwithyourteens.net)
- PlayStation Vita dated for Feb. 22 (examiner.com)
- Sony’s PlayStation Vita launches February 2012 in the US (games.gearlive.com)