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  • In 1994, when Sony released the original PlayStation

  • It revolutionized the gaming industry and kicked off a legacy that is still going strong, more than 25 years later

  • As fans eagerly anticipate its latest generation of console, the PlayStation 5

  • I figured it's time to take a look how the iconic brand came to be

  • This is the evolution of PlayStation

  • Originally, Sony intended to team up with the powerhouse and market-leader at the time, Nintendo

  • Rather than introducing their own console, Sony planned to create a CD-based add-on for the hugely popular SNES

  • But since Nintendo wanted full licensing rights, Sony backed out

  • Fun fact, a prototype of the console that was created by the partnership of Nintendo and Sony

  • Also known as the Nintendo Play Station was sold for $360,000!

  • Just imagine if Nintendo and Sony still worked together and there would be the Nintendo PlayStation Switch

  • We could play God of War, Mario and Zelda games all on the same console!

  • The original PlayStation from 1994, or 'PS One' as it came to be known, was a massive hit

  • It became the first game console in history to sell more than 100 million units

  • Its main advantage over the competition was that it used CD for all of its games

  • as opposed to the heavy use of cartridges at the time

  • Whereas a cartridge could store maybe 12 to 15 megabytes of data, developers using CD could store up to 650 megabytes

  • A memory card was required to save your game progress

  • The console's specifications meant better graphics and an overall improved gameplay experience

  • And yesThis were actually good graphics at the time

  • As a result, successful franchises like Final Fantasy actually switched from Nintendo to PlayStation

  • Classic games like Castlevania

  • Crash Bandicoot

  • Metal Gear Solid also attracted a wide audience and showcased the superior performance of the console

  • The PS1 was pretty impressive as a standalone audio CD player too

  • It played discs with great clarity and as such it served multiple uses, appealing to families and older generations

  • This tradition of dual purpose would be seen in later versions of PlayStation

  • With the PS2 catering to DVDs and the PS3 serving as one of the cheapest Blu-Ray players upon its release

  • Fun fact, did you know that the PlayStation controller was made much thicker than the flat controllers used by other consoles in order to feel more 3D?

  • And that the symbols actually have a deeper meaning?

  • The triangle refers to a viewpoint and the direction a player is headed

  • The square button indicates a piece of paper which references the game's menu

  • While the circle and 'X' buttons mean 'Yes and 'No'

  • Oh and by the way, even though almost everybody calls it the 'X' button, including me, its official name is the 'cross'

  • Despite the video game industry being practically blown away by the PS1

  • The PlayStation 2 was arguably the jewel in Sony's crown

  • Released in the year 2000, it remains the highest selling home video game console ever, with over 155 million units sold!

  • It seamlessly made the transition from CD to DVD, meaning it could be used to watch movies as well as play games

  • And allowed for online play with high definition 3D visuals

  • Meanwhile, the PS2 memory card upped its capacity to 8 megabytes of storage

  • The controller was also improved with two analogue sticks allowing for greater degrees of movement

  • Much-loved franchises like Ratchet & Clank

  • God of War

  • And Jak & Daxter found their feet with the PS2

  • While already popular series, such as Grand Theft Auto, saw a huge boost with the console's heightened power

  • For example, GTA 3 offered gamers a fully immersive, sandbox-style game in three dimensions for the first time

  • Multiple accessories were released for the PS2, with limited success

  • They included the Eyetoy camera, Singstar microphones and Buzzers

  • All of which increased the levels of interaction players experienced, for a short while anyway

  • With the introduction of the PlayStation 3 in 2006 came Sony's first real signs of trouble

  • Having made yet another transition

  • This time from DVD to Blu-Ray

  • It became difficult for Sony to turn a profit thanks to its use of cutting-edge technology

  • They were already competing with Nintendo Wii and Microsoft's Xbox 360 at this point, but lost out on many initial sales

  • Mainly due to the PS3 high price point at launch

  • Which was a whopping $499 for a 20 gigabyte model and $599 for a 60 gigabyte console

  • Regardless, 87.4 million PS3s were sold and it eventually ended up outselling the Xbox 360

  • Upgrades over the previous models included:

  • Wi-Fi connectivity, wireless DualShock 3 controllers and the use of PlayStation Network and an online PlayStation Store

  • Gamers no longer had to use a memory card either, as game data could be stored on the system's internal hard drive

  • Motion controls remained popular for a short while

  • With the PlayStation's Move controller and upgraded Eye camera trying to keep up with Microsoft's Kinect system

  • Some of the most ground-breaking and hugely technical games on the PS3 include The Last of Us

  • Skyrim

  • Uncharted 2

  • Red Dead Redemption

  • And Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Online gaming also became much more popular with games like:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

  • And Ultimate team in FIFA games

  • When it came time for the next iteration of game consoles in 2013, Sony had learnt their lesson

  • And gained high praise and support after announcing that the PlayStation 4 would be $100 cheaper than the new Xbox One

  • The PS4 sold one million units within its first day, setting the record for the fastest selling console in a 24-hour period

  • Owners of the PS4 benefitted from stunning graphics

  • With vibrant visuals and innovative software that allowed for streaming and sharing gameplay instantly on social media

  • PlayStation also released their on-demand system called 'PlayStation Now' in 2014

  • Allowing subscribers to access hundreds of mainstream and indie games from the past and present

  • In addition to epic action adventure games like Bloodborne

  • The Witcher 3

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Uncharted 4

  • And Horizon Zero Dawn

  • The rise of PlayStation VR in 2016 allowed gamers to experience some titles in a convincing virtual reality setting

  • Plus, gamers were also given the option to experience their favorite games in even more detail

  • With the arrival of the PS4 Pro and its 4K graphics with High Dynamic Range

  • PlayStation has always released upgraded or slimmer versions of its consoles

  • in a trend that is often mirrored by its competitors

  • And finally, scheduled to launch in late 2020 is the PlayStation 5

  • Designs for the futuristic model have recently been released

  • But at the time of writing, no price point has yet been confirmed

  • Buyers can expect at least 825 gigabytes of storage, and will be happy to know that the system is backwards compatible

  • Meaning they can run their PS4 games on it if they wish

  • The graphics are also expected to be incredible and there are some very exciting titles coming for the PlayStation 5

  • Including Horizon Forbidden West

  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits

  • Assassins Creed Valhalla

  • And of course Cyberpunk 2077

  • Unlike failed video game companies of the past, like Atari

  • It appears as though PlayStation will continue to dominate the scene for a long time to come

  • And that's fine by me

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