The PlayStation was the first video gaming console from Sony Computer Entertainment, and was released in Japan in 1994.
When Sony launched the first PlayStation console it was far from experienced in the field, having never previously developed a game, let alone a console.
Despite only initially manufacturing 200 of the first PlayStation model Sony eventually went on to ship 100 million units and enjoyed great success thanks to the company’s strong financial backing.
Unlike previous video games systems, the original PlayStation was developed with 3D gaming in mind and as such was capable of rendering very detailed and immersive environments within games. This added to its appeal as a multi-media and multi-purpose entertainment unit.
By utilising the compact disc as a format for the titles created for it, Sony enabled developers to create virtual worlds enhanced with CD quality soundtracks and full-motion video.
The original PlayStation console eventually developed into one that would only run CD-ROM based games. This proved a hit with users and as such Sony’s PlayStation consoles have been labelled the best selling of all time, in the history of video gaming devices.
It also kick-started the video game CD-ROM revolution edging out the likes of the cartridge-based Sega Megadrive and Super Nintendo, despite their huge success with mass audiences across the globe. By 2008 almost 300 million PlayStation consoles had been purchased worldwide, the most popular being the PlayStation 2.
We think it’s fair to say that without the PlayStation and Sony’s influence on the world of video gaming things could have been very different story indeed.