Let’s take a quick look back of all Evolution of Playstation Consoles from its first release up to its present game model
As the Playstation 5 or PS5 was revealed yesterday , We can say that Playstation Consoles really evolve. Sony is really upgrading its consoles to the next level and make their customer satisfy on gaming experience. But today we’re not going to talk about PS5. Today we gonna take look back to all Sony Playstation previous models. From console appearance to its intro logo and all other information about Playstation.
So let’s get started:
The PlayStation 1 or, as it was known back then, just the plain old PlayStation. This bit of innovative hardware sold 102 million units in its life and 962 million games. The original PlayStation came out in 1994 if you were in Japan and on 15 November 1995 if you were Aussie.
The original PlayStation launched in Japan on December 3, 1994. It went on to become the first video game console to ship more than 100 million units. It’s considered to be a part of the fifth generation of game consoles and competed against the Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64 in the mid-’90s.
The catalyst for the console actually spawned from a failed partnership with Nintendo, when Sony was in talks with building an add-on for the Super Nintendo. The PlayStation would go on to feature a dual-speed CD-ROM drive, a one-core CPU that had 2MB of RAM along with 1MB of video RAM with graphics that could deliver up to 360,000 polygons per second.
The console played a pivotal role in transitioning the industry away from 2D graphics to real-time 3D rendering. Its use of the compact disc format also allowed it to push high-fidelity full-motion video, something the competing N64 struggled to do with its space-limited cartridges.
Speaking of storage, the PlayStation didn’t feature an internal hard drive. Instead, game saves required the use of memory cards, which were a measly 128KB in size.
It’s also worth mentioning that the PlayStation originally didn’t ship with a DualShock controller. Instead, its basic PlayStation controller lacked thumbsticks and force-feedback technology. Sony would later release its first DualShock controller in 1997, which would add these features.
Locally, it cost AU$699.95, compared with its American price of US$299. Adjusting for inflation, that’s the equivalent of paying AU$1,087.88 today.
The best selling title for the PlayStation was Gran Turismo, with 10.85 million copies shipped, but this is also the console that saw Crash Bandicoot, Resident Evil and Tomb Raider.
Also, the original controller didn’t feature the thumb sticks that are the default these days — they arrived on the Dual Shock in 1997.
Notable games: Resident Evil series, Tekken series, Dead or Alive, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Gran Turismo, Chrono Cross, Spyro the Dragon, PaRappa the Rapper
First released in Japan on March 4, 2000, the PlayStation 2 has gone on to become the best-selling console to date, selling more than 155 million units over a 12-year span. The PS2 is a part of the sixth generation of consoles and competed with the Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo’s GameCube, and Microsoft’s Xbox. Ultimately, the PS2’s leg up on the competition was its sheer library size–the console produced well over 2,000 games.
The PS2 launched with its Emotion Engine CPU, which was a one-core processor clocked at 294.9MHz. It featured 32MB of system RAM and 4MB of video RAM. The console was backward compatible with most PS1 games, which was a rare feature at the time. It was also the first console to support DVDs–which, in addition to enabling games with larger assets, allowed the PS2 to play DVD movies. It was also the first console to support USB ports, which the PlayStation EyeToy camera would be able to take advantage of upon its 2003 release.
While the original console allowed users to install an optional 40GB hard drive, it still used memory cards. Unlike the PS1, however, which used 128KB cards, storage here was bumped up to 8MBs. The PS2 also introduced the DualShock 2. While still wired, this controller featured a new black finish and tighter sticks.
If you went and bought one in Australia on the launch day of 30 November 2000, you’d have paid AU$749.95 — AU$1060 in today’s money. That priced rapidly dropped, however, and by September 2001, you could get one for AU$499.
A staggering 1.5 billion bits of software were sold for it. According to the Guiness Book of Records, GTA: San Andreas is the best selling PS2 game, with 17.3 million copies sold.
The EyeToy, the Singstar microphones and even a dedicated DVD remote were just some of the peripherals that were available for both the original PS2 and the later, tinier slimline model.
Notable games: Grand Theft Auto III/Vice City/San Andreas, Final Fantasy X, Devil May Cry, Suikoden series, Metal Gear Solid 2/3, Twisted Metal Black, Silent Hill series, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper, Kingdom Hearts I/II, Katamari Damacy, God of War I/II, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
First released on November 11, 2006 in Japan (followed a week later by its North American debut), the PlayStation 3 sold more than 80 million units worldwide and competed against Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Launching at $599.99, it was the most expensive system of the bunch, but it was the first console to have a Blu-ray drive and was priced cheaper that most standalone Blu-ray players when it launched.
At the heart of the PS3 was its proprietary Cell processor. Sony designed the chip in partnership with Toshiba and IBM. However, the CPU became controversial among developers due to how difficult it was to program. The Cell featured seven cores and was clocked at 3.2GHz. The PS3’s graphics used Nvidia’s RSX Reality Synthesizer GPU, which featured 256MB of VRAM and clocked in at 550MHz. The PS3 was also the first PlayStation system to support HDMI and 1080p output.
Initial versions of the PS3 were backward compatible with PS2 games, but that was because Sony physically incorporated a PS2 processor inside the chassis. To cut costs, Sony later removed this feature shortly after launch.
The PlayStation 3 also introduced Wi-Fi connectivity and came with a 20GB internal hard drive. It allowed users to install their own HDD as well.
Additionally, the console also saw the birth of the PlayStation Network, which allowed players to download games and use video-viewing apps like Netflix and YouTube. In addition, the PS3 introduced the company’s PlayStation Plus subscription service, which provided gamers with early access to betas and game discounts.
The PS3 also introduced the DualShock 3, which was the first wireless version of Sony’s long-running controller. On top of that, the DS3 also featured motion-sensing technology. Piggybacking off the success of the Nintendo Wii, Sony would release its own PlayStation Move motion controller for the PS3 in 2010.
Notable games: The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto IV/V, Uncharted 2/3, LittleBigPlanet, Red Dead Redemption, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, God of War III
Sony released the PlayStation 4 in North America on November 15, 2013, and it sold one million units within its first day, making it the fastest-selling console in a 24-hour period to date.
The PS4 marked the first time Sony would release a console with a CPU based on the x86 instruction set, which is the same processor architecture that gaming PCs use. Specifically, it uses an 8-core AMD x86-64 Jaguar CPU clocked at 1.6GHz along with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, which it shares with its integrated AMD Radeon GPU.
The PS4 also introduced the ability to upload and share gameplay clips. A Share button was added to the DualShock 4 controller, which also received an ergonomic overhaul and added headset and mic ports.
In the US and Canada, Sony is claiming that 1 million units were sold in the first 24 hours, despite some reports of a Blue Light of Death issue with some consoles.
The PS4 is also paving the way for PlayStation VR support later this year.
Notable games: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Bloodborne, Infamous: Second Son, Until Dawn
As the time goes by gaming consoles are getting better and better. And we should thank all the game console company for bringing the best memories from our childhood with PS1 up to the next generation with PS4. And now the upcoming PS5 was already revealed. And we should expect more to the game console company.
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