I can remember getting the original PlayStation for Christmas way back in 1997. In fact I remember being confused by it. As was tradition in our house my parents would let my brother and I open a small present each when we woke up at an unnaturally early hour, this was to tide us over until they woke up when the sun had actually risen.
On his particular Christmas we picked out a flat square present each, inside were two PlayStation games, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Independence Day. Surely they had got something wrong, we had a Super Nintendo, not a PlayStation? Yeah well, little idiot me didn’t put two and two together and started crying because we had games for the wrong console. A few hours later after unboxing the PlayStation and playing the two games (that were admittedly not the coolest out there) my love of Sony’s flagship console began.
The PlayStation has been a defining product for a generation. Those of us who grew up in the 90s have had the console grow alongside us, defining points in our lives with game releases and new iterations.
As we head into 2016, a year where we’re set for some of the biggest changes for the console yer (VR anyone?), it’s the perfect time to look back at the past 20 years of PlayStation, kindly provided to us by the guys over at PlayStation Australia.
The history of PlayStation
1994 Sony PlayStation launches in Japan on 3rd December.
1995 PlayStation launches in Australia, Europe and USA and the rest of the world shortly after.
1996 Resident Evil, Crash Bandicoot, Tomb Raider and more all debut on PlayStation. By the end of the year 10 million consoles had sold worldwide.
1997 Parappa the Rapper, Final Fantasy VII, International Super Star Soccer and more arrive on PS One, alongside the Dual Analog controller.
1998 PS One control is revolutionised again with the DUALSHOCK controller, while Gran Turismo, Spyro the Dragon and Grand Theft Auto help achieve 50 million global console sales.
1999 More future classics including Silent Hill, Driver and Tony Hawk Pro Skater are released, while at E3 1999, attention turns to the next generation of PlayStation…
2000 PlayStation 2 launches into the new millennium, reaching European players in November 2000 with a launch line up including Tekken Tag Tournament, SSX and TimeSplitters.
2001 Naughty Dog join PlayStation in an exclusive partnership; their first PS2 release – Jak and Daxter – debuted in December 2001.
2002 Ratchet &Clank blast their way onto PS2, while central London is recreated in amazing detail in The Getaway. By the end of the year, over 40 million PS2 systems had been sold worldwide.
2003 Innovations come to PS2: EyeToy makes interactive motion-controlled gaming a reality, while the Network Adaptor puts gamers online for the first time.
2004 PlayStation goes portable as PSP launches in December, while PS2 gets a slim new design – and wannabe singers grab a mic for the first time with SingStar.
2005 Kratos smashed onto PlayStation for the first time in God of War, while Team Ico release Shadow of the Colossus. By September, PS2 had sold 100 million units, making it the most successful games console ever.
2006 PlayStation 3 launches in Japan and USA, boasting HD graphics, 60GB of internal storage and Blu-ray Disc support. Online gaming becomes available to all with the launch of PlayStation Network and PlayStation Store.
2007 PS3 comes to the UK and Europe with a stellar line up including MotorStorm, Resistance: Fall of Man and Nathan Drake’s debut Uncharted adventure.
2008 The DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller is introduced, bringing enhanced Six Axis motion control to new titles including LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and Resistance 2.
2009 PS3 gets a slim, 120GB re-design – making space for epic games like inFamous and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. For handheld gaming fans, PSP Go is released in October.
2010 Players get hands-on with the PlayStation Move motion controller and are introduced to PlayStation Plus for the first time.
2011 MotorStorm Apocalypse, Killzone 3, inFamous 2, Batman Arkham City and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception head up another stellar year of game releases.
2012 PlayStation Vita launches in Europe on 22 February, while PS3 games continue to push boundaries with The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V.
2013 PlayStation 4 launches on 29 November, giving players the most powerful games console ever – including a redesigned control system in the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.
2014 Less than a year after launch, PS4 becomes the fastest selling console of all time. PlayStation TV launches, and games including Destiny, Watch Dogs and The Last of Us Remastered prove that PS4 is for the players.
2015 To celebrate the franchise, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is Remastered for PS4 ahead of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was released.
Heading into 2016 we’re going to see some big changes coming to PlayStation. VR will finally be accessible at home, with over 200 developers working on titles with PlayStation VR in mind. Titles we can expect to see make us of VR include: Rez, Eagle Flight, 100 Ft Robot Golf, Ace Combat 7, Zombie Taxi Game, Eclipse, Distance, Classroom Aquatic, Job Simulator, Tekken 7, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Battlezone and Robinson: The Journey.
If after reading this you want to dig through your old stuff and find your original PlayStation, I don’t blame you, I totally did, unfortunately I couldn’t find either Independence Day or The Lost World.