The PlayStation brand celebrates its 25th anniversary today – the original Japanese console was launched on December 3, 1994. Since then, the consoles have conquered the market and are top of the list of best-selling consoles The best games ever.
The original console was a success from the beginning and sold 100,000 units on the launch day. It was part of the fifth-generation console program and heralded the era of 3D graphics and disc-based games. While the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Saturn were quite competitive, the PS1
We are pleased to be certified as the # 1 selling home video game console brand ever on over 450 million units sold on the original PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and PS4, according to @GWR of 7 November.
And all thanks to you pic.twitter.com/maO0TOVqs2
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) December 3, 2019
PlayStation now has the top three best selling home consoles of all time: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation in this order. The PS4 has beaten the Wii only a month ago officially in Lifetime sale. Similarly, Guinness World Records has named PlayStation today, with 450 million units sold over four generations, as the best selling home console ever.
It's almost hard to believe that the thing originally started as an idea for a Nintendo console. If the partnership between Sony and Nintendo had not stopped, who knows where we would be today? Sony has not always made it out of the park with the PS brand. The Vita, like its Nintendo counterparts, never got through (and no, I did not get over it), even though the PSP did pretty well. The PlayStation Classic was a joke.
Call your first PS game, let's start! pic.twitter.com/mCGXnJlQgu
– Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) December 3, 2019
Not to mention the multitude of great games that have appeared on the consoles over the years are. Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, explicitly states in his festive blog post that the company's willingness to undertake third-party development was one of the cornerstones of its success:
From the beginning, we opened our arms to developers who Products provide them with the tools and technology to create beautiful, sprawling worlds and to experiment with new ideas. This approach has led to the variety of games that PlayStation is known for and is a true hallmark of our brand across multiple generations of hardware platforms.
As you might expect, a generation of players today remembers what PlayStation meant to them – just check hashtag # 25YearsofPlay on Twitter. My previous favorite is iFixit's video, which features the original PlayStation model, which is both nostalgic and educational.
We did not take any old PlayStation apart – we got our hands on the first Japanese model that never made it: https://t.co/MwgrDfFLO2 pic.twitter.com/2A7Cmyuryk
– iFixit (@iFixit) December 3, 2019
I speak for myself personally Owned three out of four home PS consoles – and the only one I did not own, the PS3, which I actually bought as a gift for my little brother. I also have Microsoft and Nintendo consoles, but my PlayStations have been the backbone of my game since I left SNES. My PS1 Spyro games were the first ones I ever played 100 percent. I still have my PS2 memory card in my desk because I can not bear to get rid of it. And after years of PC gaming alone, I returned to the brand five years ago when my parents gave me a PS4 as a Christmas present and never looked back.
What great memories do you have of your PlayStations over the years? Write me on Twitter and we can remember together.