History of PlayStation
The PlayStation brand of video game consoles, owned by Sony, is perhaps the most popular non-computer gaming hardware brand in the world. This post will highlight some of the Sony PlayStation's history.
The PlayStation 1 (PS1), released in late 1994, was notable in that it became the first video game console ever to sell over 100 million units. Its main competition was the Nintendo N64 and the Sega Saturn.
It should be mentioned that Sony, before the PS1, was initially working on a console with Nintendo that never materialized. A few offshoots of the PS1 became prominent, most notably the smaller in stature PSone.
The PlayStation 2 (PS2) was launched more than a year and three months after Sega's Dreamcast and a year before the Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo GameCube. It was backwards compatible with the PS1, meaning PS1 games could be played on the PS2. To this day, the PS2 is the best-selling video game console ever with over 155 million units sold.
PS2 production ended in early 2013. A slimmer model of the console was created in 2004, with one of its features being a built-in Ethernet port.
The PlayStation Portable, or PSP, came out in early 2005 in North America. It was made to compete with the Nintendo DS. It ended up selling 80 million units, and had connectivity with other PSPs, and later, the PS3.
The PS3, released in late 2006, incorporated a Blu-ray player, making one of the first devices with Blu-ray capabilities. It was the first Sony console to make use of motion-sensing technology through its Sixaxis controllers. The PlayStation Move was a later innovation, which was partly created to compete with Nintendo's Wii.
Originally sold with only 20 or 60 gigabytes of memory, later models incorporated up to 500 GB of memory. As of late 2013, the PS3 has sold over 80 million consoles.
PlayStation 4 and PS Vita
The PS Vita came out in North America in early 2012. It differed from the PSP in that it incorporated two analog sticks and was 20% thinner.
The PS4 is Sony's most recent console, having come out in late 2013. The PS4 emphasizes sharing the gaming experience with others, which has helped it become the leading console in terms of sales in the current generation of gaming consoles. There is hope that games such as Uncharted 4 will make the PS4 as successful as its predecessors.