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The PlayStation family is the world's highest-selling group of video game systems. Sony Computer Entertainment released the PlayStation in 1994, followed by the PlayStation 2 in 2000, PlayStation Portable in 2004, PlayStation 3 in 2006, PlayStation Vita in 2011 and PlayStation 4 in 2013.

Sony's first foray into the video game market, the PlayStation (codenamed PSX during development, now known as PSone), was initially designed as an add-on for Nintendo's Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom) video game console as an answer to Sega's Sega CD. When the prospect of releasing the system as an add-on dissolved, Sony transformed it into the standalone PlayStation video game console.

Sony's follow-up console, the PlayStation 2 (PS2), currently the world's best-selling console in history, was released in Japan on March 4, 2000 and in North America on October 26, 2000.

The PSP or PlayStation Portable is a handheld game console made by Sony Computer Entertainment; a first foray into the handheld gaming market which was previously dominated by Nintendo. Though it has not had as much as of an impact as the PlayStation home consoles, the PSP is noted as being the most successful competitor to Nintendo's handheld range yet.

November 2006 saw the launch of the PlayStation 3 (PS3), Sony's seventh generation game console. It uses a unique processing architecture called the Cell microprocessor, a technology jointly developed by Sony, Toshiba, and IBM. The graphics processing unit, the RSX 'Reality Synthesizer', was co-developed by NVIDIA and Sony. Its main competitors were the Xbox 360 and the Wii.

The newest console in the PlayStation series is Sony's entry in the eighth generation of consoles, the PlayStation 4 (PS4), which launched in November 2013.


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The PlayStation Store (PS Store) is Sony's PlayStation Network online shopping service provided for use with either its PlayStation 3 video game console or a personal computer, the latter being PlayStation Portable content oriented. This service is not available in some PlayStation Network enabled countries including Mexico and Israel. As of February 14, 2008, there have been over 52 million total downloads from the PlayStation Store in North America. The PlayStation Store for PS3 is an online virtual market that contains both free of charge and for sale downloadable content. The first is mostly PlayStation 3 game demos, various HD trailers and other games related goodies while the latter is emulated PlayStation or Arcade games and PlayStation 3 downloadable games or add-on. Some contents, being special game demos or public beta, have a monthly limited availability. Once removed from the store they still can be downloaded from a personal or guest user Download List log. Due to DRM monitoring, one's bought content can be downloaded on up to five different PlayStation 3 using a guest user account's Download List log. The only item that cannot be downloaded to multiple PlayStation 3s is the PSN game Warhawk. Store access requires the current PS3 firmware version (2.10 at time of update). The PlayStation Store (PC) for PSP is a secured website that contains both free of charge and for sale Memory Stick downloadable content. The first is mostly PlayStation Portable game demos, SD game trailers and other games related content while the latter is emulated PlayStation full games. These require the PSP firmware version 3.00 or higher.

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The PSP Go is a version of the PlayStation Portable released by Sony.

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LocoRoco (ロコロコ Rokoroko?) is a Japanese video game released in 2006 for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game console, and developed and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. In the game, the player must tilt the environment by using the left or right shoulder buttons in order to maneuver a variety of coloured jelly-like characters through each level via gravity. This game was created by producer Kazuhito Miyaki and game designer Tsutomu Kouno.

The player controls the planet the LocoRoco inhabit to move the LocoRoco around. The player can also split larger LocoRoco into individual LocoRoco, and then recombine them. Splitting is required into order to fit through tight spaces and also solve many puzzles. (For example, smaller LocoRoco start singing when left idle for a while, which is required at the end of the levels.) There are 5 worlds to clear, each consisting of 8 levels.

The object of each level is to find and eat as many "berries" as possible to increase the size of the LocoRoco, to a maximum of 20. There are also "Pickories" and "Mui Mui" to find. The "Pickories" are used as currency for playing the minigames Mui Mui Crane and Chuppa Chuppa, while the "Mui Mui" unlock more minigames and music for the Loco House. The player must also be careful to avoid enemies, mainly "Burrs" (spiky obstacles) and "Moja", which can cause them to lose LocoRoco or even die if the last LocoRoco is lost.

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  • ...that Warhawk's single-player mode was scrapped because the game's developers decided it was vastly inferior to the multi-player mode?
  • ...that the PSX, a media center that is based on the PS2, was only released in Japan?
  • ...that the PlayStation 2 had the biggest launch in Japanese history, selling more than 980,000 units in four hours?
  • ...that the PlayStation might have never been made if Nintendo had not offered to partner with Sony on a video game console?
  • ...that the PlayStation was rejected because Nintendo refused to partner with Sony as it could not decide on how to share its revenues?
  • ...that the PlayStation 3 has sold 200,000 more units worldwide than its competitor Xbox 360?

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At a presentation in New York, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 console. It was released at the end of 2013. A look inside the PlayStation 4 can be viewed here: http://us.playstation.com/ps4/

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