15 Years OF The One And Only Sony PlayStation!

The PlayStation (プレイステーション, Pureisutēshon?, officially abbreviated PS) brand is a series of video game consoles created and developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. Spanning the fifth, sixth, and seventh generations of video gaming, the brand was first introduced on December 3, 1994 in Japan. The brand consists of a total of three consoles, a media center, an online service, a line of controllers and a handheld as well as multiple magazines.

Well guess what today is!? Today is Sony PlayStations 15 Birthday! 😀 Yeah PlayStation! Check out the video that Sony put up on their blog: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/09/09/playstation-15-years-in-the-making/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=playstation15_090910

I tried to embed the video but it wouldn’t work. I took some of basic history of each PS unit from WikiPedia. Just making sure you know.

My thoughts on the Sony PlayStation Franchise.

This is by far one of the best  consoles I have ever played, way back in the day, I played the PlayStation, then PS2, then PlayStation 3. They all pushed limits and deserve millions of awards.

PlayStation

The original PlayStation released in December 1994 was the first of the ubiquitous PlayStation series of console and hand-held game devices. It has included successor consoles and upgrades including the Net Yaroze (a special black PlayStation with tools and instructions to program PlayStation games and applications), “PSone” (a smaller version of the original) and the PocketStation (a handheld which enhances PlayStation games and also acts as a memory card). It was part of the fifth generation of video game consoles competing against the Sega Saturn and the Nintendo 64. By March 31, 2005, the PlayStation and PSone had shipped a combined total of 102.49 million units, becoming the first video game console to reach the 100 million mark.

I play this beast way back, when I eight I believe. It was amazing the up and coming 3D Animation really captivated me, and it opened a whole new world of possibilities. It began to showcase amazing graphics intertwined with drop-dead amazing gameplay. It was the beginning of a new age.

PlayStation 2

Released in 2000, 15 months after the Dreamcast and a year before its other competitors, the Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube, the PlayStation 2 is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles, and is backwards-compatible with most, original PlayStation games. It has also been released as a media center configuration and also having, like its predecessor, a slimmer redesign. It is the most successful console in the world, having reached over 140 million units in sales as of July 20, 2008. On November 29, 2005, the PS2 became the fastest game console to reach 100 million units shipped, accomplishing the feat within 5 years and 9 months from its launch. This achievement occurred faster than its predecessor, the PlayStation, which took “9 years and 6 months since launch” to reach the same benchmark.

With the fall of the PlayStation and rise of the PlayStation 2, it showed that Sony was truly committed to this glorious videogame world. The PS2 was ahead of its time, and it continue to devour its competition. Videogame after videogame Sony and their developers, both in-house and 3rd party, continued to push the envelop, and they continued to break barriers.

PlayStation Portable

Released in March 2005, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) was Sony’s first handheld console. The console is the first to utilizes a new proprietary optical storage medium known as Universal Media Disc (UMD), which can store both games and movies. It contains 32MB of internal flash memory storage, expandable via Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. It has a similar control layout to the PS3 with its PlayStation logo button and its (‘Triangle’), (‘Circle/O’), (‘Cross/X’) and (‘Square’) buttons.

The PSP was an ingenious answer to Nintendo’s hand held franchises. Bringing PS2 type graphics to a handheld was a task Sony handled well. With the PSPGo’s downloadable content it gives a fresh taste practically everyday.

PlayStation 3

Released on November 11, 2006, the PlayStation 3 is the third and current iteration in the series. It competes with the Xbox 360 and the Wii in the seventh generation of video game consoles. It is the first console in the series to introduce the use of motion controls in games through the use of the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller along with other features, such as Blu-ray Disc and Full High-definition resolution graphics capability. The PlayStation 3 comes in 20 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB, 160 GB, 120 GB, 250 GB, and 320 GB, with the last four being the current models. Like its predecessors, a slimmer redesigned model of the console has been released. As of June 30, 2010, the PlayStation 3 has sold 38.1 million units worldwide according to Sony Computer Entertainment.

With its propriety Blu-ray disc technology the PS3 has proven to be a great competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii. PS3’s stunning graphics and amazing gameplay is sure to earn it many many years of greatdom. 😀

PlayStation is standing the test of time, constantly improving it vast network of powerful processing, and its jaw dropping crisp, clean animation. Sony’s PlayStation has indeed been quite a competitor to many companies and has seen much in this last 15 years. I am glad to say that I proudly own a PS2 Slim model, and to this day, it has seen many hours of continuous gameplay, and it has fallen several times, only to get back up and continue on. My PS2 has stood many, now it is time for Sony to continue on and create many many consoles and see many many more years of fruitful development and entertainment.

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