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Thread: The History of PlayStation
08-01-2013, 07:01 AM #1
The History of PlayStation
With the PlayStation 4 soon to be released, it’s worth taking a look at the rich history of the PlayStation gaming platform and the influence it has had on gaming as we know it.
It all began in 1988. Gaming specialist Nintendo and electronics specialist Sony were working together on a piece of hardware called the Super Disc. The Super Disc was a CD-ROM attachment for one of Nintendo’s upcoming platforms. It was designed to be a new piece of technology that would upgrade their current 16 bit console rather than replace it. However, this partnership did not work out and Sony decided to pursue their own interest and the rich PlayStation history ensued.
After a few years of development, Sony came up with the PlayStation. They used the technology from the cancelled Super Disc, upgraded it, and built upon it so much so that they managed to create their own innovative console that was clearly capable of competing with Nintendo and Sega. Developers became very fascinated with the console when it was announced due to the allure of the CD-ROM based games – a relatively new type of technology for consoles at that time. CD-ROMS were much easier to manufacture and develop for than cartridges and the technology had fascinating potential.
The PlayStation was released in Japan on December 3 of 1994 and sold incredibly well. The low price along with the third parties backing the console made it much more appealing to consumers. The hype for the console wasn’t just exclusive to Japan and in September of 1995 the rest of the world got to experience the PlayStation.
The PlayStation platform brought several new franchises to the world of gaming. New franchises like Spyro, Twisted Metal, and Crash Bandicoot are just a few of Sony’s many PlayStation exclusives that met with considerable success as they are still being played today. Characters like Crash Bandicoot became figureheads for the PlayStation brand, appearing in several commercials and on various forms of advertising – something PlayStation is famous for. Several PlayStation commercials from the early days of the console gained considerable attention because of their unconventional format and humorous style like the infamous Crash Bandicoot car commercial.
Watch Classic Crash Bandicoot TV Commercials on YouTube.
The PlayStation 2
After the success of the original PlayStation, Sony decided to start development on a second console. The PlayStation 2 was released in October of 2000 and was met with record breaking sales figures. The PS2 became the most successful console ever sold, selling over 150 million units in total. At the release of the console, demand was incredibly high and manufacturers were unable to keep up with the consumers’ requests for more consoles.
The release of the PS2 brought back several franchises and characters that fans had been asking for from the PS1 era and new franchises were also introduced on the console as well. The first God of War was a PlayStation 2 exclusive as was the first Killzone. Kingdom Hearts and cult-favorite Shadow of the Colossus also made their debut on the PS2 and both left a lasting impression that resonates with gamers to this day. These exclusives really boosted the popularity and credit of the PlayStation 2 console and many gamers still enjoy them to this day. A HD version of Shadow of the Colossus was recently released on the PS3, giving gamers the chance to relive the experience on a modern console.
As well as having plenty of new games to keep gaming enthusiast happy, the PS2 also featured DVD playback capabilities. PS2 games were written on DVD-ROM discs rather than the CD-ROM discs of the PS1 and for the first time in PlayStation history, Sony’s video game console became more of a home entertainment device rather than a console only dedicated to gaming. Families now had a multipurpose device in their living room where they could watch films together, listen to music together, and play video games together. This presented the opportunity for multiple types of family-friendly games to be released and Sony constantly brought out new hardware to take advantage of the social situation. One of which was the gaming webcam the Eye Toy.
The Eye Toy
The Eye Toy was a gesture recognition camera released by Sony in 2003 and helped to provide a new type of console gaming experience. The Eye Toy was able to recognize human movement and create reactions to that movement on screen.
Several games were released for the Eye Toy over a 5 year period including Eye Toy: Play, Eye Toy Groove, Sega Superstars Eye Toy, and Eye Toy: Monkey Mania. While aimed at a younger audience, these social experiences were designed to be easy and simple games for anyone to pick up and play and were especially great if multiple people were playing.
The PS 2 Slim and PlayStation Portable
The year 2004 brought with it the release of the PS2 Slim, a new and revised version of the console with a much smaller size. The PS2 Slim sold very well and the advertisement of a newly redesigned console brought a lot of new customers into the PlayStation family.
The PlayStation Portable which was also released the same year, revealed itself as a new handheld gaming device which ran on mini discs called UMD’s and it was the only handheld console in existence to do so. The PSP was able to play videos, music, movies, and a variety of games while still providing consumers with the mobility they were familiar with in a handheld device. It was updated over time and eventually evolved into the PSP-Go, which had similar capabilities but a drastically updated design as it had dropped UMD support and went strictly digital.
The PlayStation 3
The PlayStation 3 was announced at the E3 convention in 2005 and speculation began to surface about the console’s capabilities and the type of games it would host as developers started to show tech demos, videos and concept art for their games. After considerable hype, the PS3 was released at the end of the year in 2006 with an abundance of features that only Sony’s newest console could provide. Great titles were shipped with the console’s launch including Motorstorm and Genji: Days of the Blade. The hardware was unlike anything seen before and the PS3 showed a massive leap from the technology of the PS2 and its competitors.
One of the key selling points of the PS3 was a completely free online service for PlayStation owners. The service worked great in conjunction with the multiplayer-centric games that came out near the console’s release – such as Warhawk and Unreal Tournament 3. Another benefit to owners the PS3 provided was the capability to play Blu-ray discs which at the time, was the next evolution of media format set to take the world into the HD era. PS3 users were able to watch HD movies in true 1080p quality without having to rely on a separate Blu-ray player. At the time, Blu-ray players were incredibly expensive and having one bundled into a games console was a massive plus and a risky move by Sony that paid off in the end.
Many exclusives that shaped the PS3’s accomplishments are still being produced to this day. The Uncharted series has been met with immeasurable success time and time again due to its diverse level of storytelling and adventurous gameplay style. The Killzone series provided a gritty multiplayer experience while games like Motorstorm changed the racing genre scene with its rich environments and unconventional racing style. All of these games were only possible through the PlayStation architecture and they made the console the gaming powerhouse it is today.
Remember the Eye Toy? Well the PS3 had that too. PlayStation Eye games were brought out utilizing the updated Eye Toy technology and players found a new use for the camera with the video chat system included for users of the PlayStation Network – a global network for gamers to connect on, play games on and purchase games from. The PlayStation Network truly changed PlayStation gaming for the better as it made it a lot easier to purchase games as well as try them out using the downloadable demos feature. Other applications such as music and video streaming, dynamic themes, and PlayStation Home were available for free to all PlayStation 3 owners with internet access.
The PlayStation Vita
Several years after the release of the PS3, the PlayStation Vita was announced. As a handheld console that ran high quality games with incredibly polished graphics, the PS Vita brought with it the ability of touch input technology. The PS Vita also gave Sony the opportunity to create a lot of games that were released on both the Vita and the PS3, giving birth to cross platform play. This provided the ability for players to save a game on the Vita/PS3 then pick up and continue on the PS3/Vita. This was Sony’s vision of a new kind of interconnected play where you could continue on with your games while you were out and about and then seamlessly pick up where you left off when you got home.
Many incredible games have been released/announced for the PlayStation Vita like Uncharted: Golden Abyss which was met with critical acclaim and brought the adventurous series to the handheld market successfully. There’s also Media Molecule’s Tearaway which utilizes the Vita’s dual touch screens to create an experience that provides a great level of user activity. In Tearaway, gamers will be able to puncture holes in the world that they are playing in, using these holes to help their character in a variety of ways.
Remote Play will make a substantial impact in the next generation as the PlayStation Vita will be completely compatible with the PlayStation 4 – great news for all PS Vita owners. It is important to stress however that neither is needed to use the other. If you wish to just use a PS4 or just use a PS Vita you will still have the same incredible PlayStation experience with a huge library of excellent games at your disposal.
Last edited by Outlaw; 08-01-2013 at 07:03 AM.
08-01-2013, 07:18 AM #2
Playstation rules. I still have a ps2 and ps1 lol
08-01-2013, 07:22 AM #3
o yeaahh i forgot that i can record my ps2 with roxio old schoool games
08-01-2013, 01:29 PM #4
I like Playstation, even though I started with the PS2.
08-01-2013, 01:50 PM #5
I own every PS Notorious and Peep are probably the only others who do too,
08-01-2013, 02:48 PM #6
08-01-2013, 03:06 PM #7
MENTIONS THE SLIM PS2 BUT NOT THE SLIM PS1, NOR DOES THIS INCLUDE ALL MODELS OF PSP, PSPGO, PS3, DOESN'T TALK ABOUT PSMOVE EITHER.
This thread is lacking, if you want to do the history of the PlayStation, include all the history.
08-01-2013, 03:09 PM #8
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08-01-2013, 03:15 PM #9