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Playstation: The global phenomenon

There's no way you've never heard of the cult video game object that the Playstation has become. After 5 home consoles and two handheld consoles, the Playstation has truly brought many revolutions. And this, over several generations of players. But where did it all start? A look back at 25 years of a technology that has made cultural history.

The birth of a giant

In 1994, Sony launched its first Playstation in Japan. It was only about a year later that it arrived in Europe and the USA. At the time, the console, which would become the fifth best-selling console in the world (102 million units), cost the equivalent of €319.

The console was originally the result of a collaboration between Sony and Nintendo. The idea, at the end of the 1980s, was for the two firms to pool their skills to create a CD player of unparalleled power on the market. However, the disagreements between the two behemoths led Nintendo to withdraw from the deal. Sony will nevertheless decide to continue the development of its flagship project. And fortunately for us!

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A tough competition

Since its inception, Sony's console has had some tough competitors. If Nintendo quickly put up a tough fight with the Nintendo 64, the Korean company will also face a new challenger with Microsoft and its Xbox at the launch of its second generation console. However, Sony will be able to count on the massive success of its Playstation 2, which will become the best-selling home console of all time with no less than 155 million units sold worldwide. The latter was released in 2000 and was the firm's greatest success. Second place is occupied by Nintendo's handheld console, the DS.

Some information about each Playstation

Here are a few characteristics of each Sony console released over the years:

  • Playstation 1: This is Sony's first home console, released in late 1994, early 1995. It will make the CD popular for video games. This was also a great time for all things video game magazines. Do you remember leafing through the pages of these books looking for codes and solutions for your favourite games? And for good reason, the internet had not yet been democratised.
  • Playstation 2: Released in 2000, the world's best-selling home console can play DVDs for the first time. A versatile machine, therefore, which will not fail to have a staggering number of games available, some of which have become masterpieces or timeless franchises that continue to live on on more recent generation consoles.
  • Playstation 3: Six years after the Playstation 2, the Playstation 3 is coming to market. This console also includes a Blu-ray player, thus taking advantage of the technology of its time. The Playstation Network was also born, with the possibility of searching the web through the built-in browser. This was the beginning of the multiplayer online games that would later become the console's strength.
  • Playstation 4: The PS4 was released in 2013 and offered a new revolution. That of the dematerialisation of video games. It is now possible to download your games without buying them in physical form in the shop. Not to mention a graphical rendering pushed to a disconcerting level of realism. In 2016, Sony launched a new version of its PS4: the PS4 pro. The machine now features even more advanced graphics and the use of 4K.
  • Playstation 5: The PS5 is Sony's latest console. It will be released in 2020. Two versions of this console will be released. A 100% dematerialised version, which is €100 cheaper, and a version with a CD player. The console still has a lot of supply problems at the moment. But it already seems to be a great success.
  • PSP: Sony entered the portable console arena with the PSP in 2004. With incredible graphics for its time, it comes close to the rendering offered by the Playstation 2, released just 4 years earlier. It also allows multiple machines to be connected together and to connect to WIFI servers.
  • Playstation Vita: Sony's second portable console, the PS Vita was released in 2012. Unfortunately, this console is still considered a failure today. At the same time, it was effectively rivalled by the Nintendo 3DS.
  • Playstation VR: more of an accessory than a real console, this virtual reality headset arrived on the market in 2016. It allows you to play certain games while being fully immersed in the story. Only some games include this feature, but it makes a big difference to the player's experience.

Want to know more about the Playstation and its history? Feel free to visit one of our Harry Potter, Marvel, Pokemon... shops or contact us. We will be happy to help you.