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
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.
PlayStation 2 is Sony's second video game console and is the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor of the PlayStation 3 as part of the PlayStation series. Its development was announced in March 1999 and it was released a year later in Japan. The PS2 is part of the sixth generation era, and is the best-selling console of all time, having reached sales of over 120 million units by the beginning of 2008. On November 19, 2005, the PS2 became the fastest game console to reach 100 million units shipped, accomplishing the feat within 5 years and 9 months from its launch. This achievement occurred faster than its predecessor, the PlayStation, which took 9 years and 6 months after launch to reach the same benchmark. Only a few million people had obtained consoles by the end of 2000 due to manufacturing delays. After its release, it was difficult to find PS2 units on retailer shelves. Another option was purchasing the console online through auction websites such as eBay, where people paid over $1000 for a PS2. The PS2 initially sold well partly on the basis of the strength of the PlayStation brand and the console's backward compatibility, selling over 980,000 units by March 5, 2000, one day after launch, in Japan.
The PlayStation 2 Slim is the second version of the PlayStation 2 and is physically the second smallest video game console in history after the NEC PC Engine (Japan). This leaves the Sony PS2 as the smallest game console in North America.
Exit is an action/puzzle video game that was developed and published by Taito for the PlayStation Portable. It was first released in Japan, on December 15, 2005, in North America on February 14, 2006, in Australia on March 30, 2006, and in Europe on March 31, 2006. A version for Xbox Live Arcade was released on October 24, 2007, priced at 800 points ($10 USD). A version for the Nintendo DS was released in Japan in January 2008. The basic premise is to lead the main character Mr. ESC, an escapologist, out of hospitals, underground facilities, offices and other buildings within a time limit. Along the way, the player will be hindered by obstacles such as fires or even earthquakes. Sometimes the player must help trapped individuals escape as well, and it will take quick thinking and planning ahead to exit the building successfully.
- ...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?
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/