PlayStation was first introduced in Japan in 1994 by Sony Computer Entertainment. The idea of creating a game console came when Nintendo and Sony teamed up in 1988 to create Super Nintendo.
Their joint product was introduced in 1991, but Nintendo broke the deal and opted to partner with Philips because they were unable to agree on the split in revenue. The incident made Norio Ohga, president of Sony, appoint Ken Kutaragi to develop the PlayStation series.
The Sony Playstation
The first PlayStation was released on December 1994 in Japan. It took a few months before it was distributed to other countries. In the United States, the original PlayStation gaming console was priced at $299.
It also sold millions of game CDs created by game developers like Namco, CAPCOM, and Ban Dai. The first few games were Doom, Warhawk, Air Combat and Ridge Racer; all of which had several sequels and was distributed for years. The public and the tech geeks were impressed with Sony’s innovations.
Furthermore, the PSOne is the second installment of the PlayStation series. It is smaller compared to the original PlayStation. Aside from the major change in its physical features, this console has a graphical user interface which makes the video gaming experience more interesting.
A detachable LCD screen may also be bought and connected to the console. In terms of sales, PSOne defeated the total number of original PlayStation units sold.
In the year 2000, the PlayStation 2 was released. Those who own original PlayStation games can still use them with the new PS2 console. By 2004, PlayStation 2 Slimline was launched.
Sony lived up to the term “Slimline” because this console is smaller, thinner and it has a built-in Ethernet port. The design also made the PS2 not just a gaming console but a perfect fit to complement any interior designs.
PlayStation 3 was released in November 2006. It introduced the use of wireless controllers as motion controls in games. It was the direct competitor of the Xbox 360 and Wii.
Being part of the seventh generation of video gaming consoles, PlayStation 3 has unified online gaming service, multi-media capabilities and enhanced connectivity. By 2009, The Slim Model was released. It was one third smaller and lighter than the original PS3. And in 2012, the Super Slim PlayStation 3 was available in the market.
The All-New Playstation 4
Recently, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that PlayStation 4 will be released later this year. According to Forbes.com, gamers do not need to log in to the Internet to authenticate games with the new PS4.
In addition, it will have a single-chip processor with an 8-core 64-bit central processing unit, an 8GB system memory which will allow a large flow in its bandwidth. However, the gaming community voiced their disagreement about a certain plan that Sony will implement on the PS4 and its game titles.
Sony initially planned of not allowing used games to be shared. Every game bought will be registered on the PS Network, and the whole content will be downloaded after the registration. But just recently, the plans were not pushed through by Sony and claimed that used games will be allowed on the PS4.
Earlier this June, Sony announced the price of PS4 at the annual E3 gaming console convention in Los Angeles, California. The estimated price would be $399, a lesser price compared to its competitor, the Microsoft’s Xbox One.
Because it is due to release in the third quarter of 2013, gamers have already speculated about the specs of the new gaming console. To secure your own unit, you may want to save the phone number of the nearest Sony store on your RingCentral business telephone to discuss your reservation options if possible. Moreover, be ahead of the game with the upcoming PS4.
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