8 Jun
2017

The PlayStation is a popular gaming console created by Sony. It all began in 1998 when Nintendo and Sony joint to create a CD-ROM. The day after the announcement Nintendo abandoned it and dropped off. This made Sony’s president Norio Ohga angry and he started developing a project that would rival Nintendo. This was the PlayStation project which resulted in the creation of the PlayStation.

PlayStation

The original PlayStation was released on the 3rd of December 1994. It was part of the fifth generation of consoles and competed with Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn. It was a revolutionary gaming console and one of the first gaming systems to ship 100 million units. Thereafter Sony released the PSone which was basically an update PlayStation which was smaller than the original model and was released with Sony’s now iconic Dual shock controllers. The original PlayStation controller did not have any joysticks but it was released with one afterwards. The success of the PlayStation was due to how Sony approached 3rd party developers and gaining their support.

PlayStation 2

In 1999 Sony announced its successor to the PlayStation, which was the PlayStation 2. The Console was released in many markets and was part of the sixth generation of consoles competing with Sega’s Dreamcast, Nintendo’s GameCube and Microsoft’s Xbox. The PlayStation 2 offered backward compatibility with the PlayStation 2 and ushered in a new era of gaming. The console was so successful; it was the best-selling gaming console of all time. PC was a popular gaming machine at this time and there were many games ranging from Jesus computer games to RPG’s and action games but the PlayStation 2 brought many exclusives that many people bought the console to game instead.

PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 was released in 2006 and mainly competed with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. It also saw competition from computer games released at the time. The PlayStation had a slow start as it was released after its competition but started gaining ground after a slim model was launched. It was also the first console to use Blu-Ray as its storage medium. The seventh generation was noted for the time it lasted and the refresh of consoles occurred much later than previous generations.

PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 was released in 2013 as part of the eighth generation of consoles and competed with Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft’s Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 was well received by many and was released on time along with the other consoles. Further this was the first generation to offer a mid-generation refresh where Sony released a more powerful PlayStation 4 named the PlayStation 4 Pro. This was due to the demand for 4K gaming and Sony needed a machine that could attain this.

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