The PlayStation is still making history!
Recently, it has been reported that Sony is revamping the iconic console – The PlayStation 1 Classic ahead of E3, so we thought we would take a look back at PlayStation’s history and mention a few iconic games in there;
So, let’s go back to where it all started;
In 1994 – The ORIGINAL PlayStation launched in Japan on December 3rd. This bad boy went on to ship more than 100 million units! Making it the first console to do so, the success came as a spur from a failed partnership with Nintendo, and included revolutionary features such as; a dual – speed CD-ROM drive and a one – core CPU (included a 2MB of RAM along with 1MB of video RAM that had graphics which could deliver up to 360,000 polygons per second).
Even though the tech side is amazing enough; what we thought was particularly spectacular was the pivotal role it had when it came to transitioning the industry from 2D to 3D rendering. However, it should be noted that on the controller side – the PlayStation didn’t actually release its first DualShock controller until 1997.
From the very start, PlayStation was competing with some big names; Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64 but these games definitely made it a worthy competitor; Spyro the Dragon, Final Fantasy VII, VII, XII, Silent Hill, Resident Evil, PaRappa the Rapper and Crash Bandicoot (just to name a few).
Moving swiftly on to the 2000s – it’s time to welcome the PSOne! A smaller version of the console was released on July 7th with an updated user interface.
The competition gets real now – so, let’s set the scene;
It’s 2000 – PlayStation 2 has been released in Japan on the 4th March and has become a real success story! Selling more than 155 million units over a 12-year span (we think that deserves a shout out!) and are now competing with;
• Nintendo’s GameCube
• Sega Dreamcast
• Microsoft’s Xbox
But regardless of the stiff competition, PlayStation has always managed to hold its own! With its smaller sizes, 2000+ games, Emotion Engine CPU, One – core processor clocked at 249.9MHz, a dual shock controller, a featured 32MB of System RAM and 4MB of Video RAM; as well as being compatible with most PS1 games (a rare feature) and its supported DVD which was unique at the time – it’s clear to see why Sony was rocking up the sales!
That and the choice of games available; Grand Theft Auto III / Vice City / San Andreas, Silent Hill series, Kingdom Hearts I/II, God of War I/II and Jak and Daxter.
PlayStation then decided to do what they do best and made a slimline version of the PS2 with an included Ethernet port in 2004.
Right, now that we’ve established PlayStations origin story – it’s time to get into the latest models;
Introducing the PlayStation 3 – which was actually first released on November 11, 2006, in Japan and following suit a week later in North America. It sold more than 80 Million units worldwide and continued to compete with the likes of Microsofts Xbox (then 360) and Nintendo (then Wii) – the console itself launched at $599.99, so it was pretty expensive when compared to the rest of the bunch.
But when you look at the features you can kind of see why;
With a proprietary Cell processor, graphics used by Nvidia’s RSX Reality Synthesizer GPU, which featured 256 MB of VRAM and clocked in at 550 MHz, it was also the first PlayStation to support HDMI and 1080p output. Also, originally the PS3 was compatible with PS2 games but later that feature was scrapped.
There was also the new DualShock 3, the first wireless controller from Sony and offered motion – sensing tech! And who could forget the games that were released on the PS3 with the likes of; The Last of Us, LittleBigPlanet and God of War III.
Obviously, there would a slimmer version released which came in 2009 – it was a third smaller and so much lighter! It also introduced a new PS3 logo.
But PlayStation wasn’t going to stop there! No way – it went on to make a super slim PS3 model in September of 2012; where they removed the front slot-loading disc tray and made it three pounds lighter!
Okay, so we have finally made it to the PS4 – which is sadly nearing its end of life cycle. The PS4 was originally released in North America on November 15th, 2013 and sold a whopping one million units within its first day, making it the fastest selling console in a 24 hour period!
And this machine was ground-breaking as Sony made the CPU based on the x86 instruction set, basically, it’s the same processing that gaming PCs use. It also offered the ability to upload and share gameplay clips, a share button was added to the DualShock 4 Controller and headset and mic ports.
While they still may be competing with Microsoft’s Xbox One and the Nintendo Wii U – PlayStation are still up there with great releases such as; God of War which sold 5 million copies in the first month as well as topping the chart for five consecutive weeks in a row! It has recently been booted off the top spot by Detroit: Become Human – who knows how long that will stay there, a long time we are assuming!
Right, so we’ve established a lot of the latest models – now lets move on to the future of PlayStation, as you may already be aware the newest member of the PS4 family is the PSVR (aka PlayStation virtual reality) which includes unique experiences such as; Stranger Things, Spider-Man Homecoming, Justice League as well as many wild adventures where you can interact with elephants, cheetahs, giraffes and many more!
Which we definitely think is an experience that everyone should have.
The Future of PlayStation:
But we know that you guys are mostly interested in what’s coming next and those PS5 rumours;
There’s speculation that the brand new console will be on sale within three years; especially now that the PS4 is coming to the end of its life cycle. Already, there have been many queries as to what it may look like and some believe it will include a touchpad interface, 2TB Quick – Release SSD, 4K resolution, a new DualShock5 with a keyboard that is magnetized.
Of course, none of this is actually official but it sounds pretty cool right?
The truth is that no one really knows when the console is coming or how it will look and that’s not going to change at E3, Shawn Layden has previously confirmed that there will be NO new hardware revealed at the biggest gaming convention of the year.
But it’s nice to feel excited about the future of PlayStation and to appreciate how far they have come. And we all know as soon as the newest console is released that it will make big waves as a discussion point as well as in sales.
Thank you, PlayStation for continuing to create the games we all know and love!
Added By: 4Gamers | Date Added: 30th May 2018
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