Sony released its first video game console, the PlayStation, in 1994 (1995 in the US). It was the first successful disc-format game console in history. Within 10 years of it’s release, the PlayStation(often known as PS1) had become the first console to ship 100 million units. This alone gives the PS1 a legitimate claim to the number one spot in video game history. Yet the titles released for the PlayStation are what made it special. Sony was willing to make the transition that Nintendo was not — from producing games for kids to releasing titles for teens and young adults. Titles such as Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII and Tomorrow Never Dies were far more complex than nearly anything that had been released by Nintendo up to that point. Kids who had been raised on NES and SNES were shifting to PlayStation by the boatload in the late 90s… a trend that continues(although Microsoft has made much headway in recent years). In essence, PlayStation put the proprietary cartridge out of business, and opened a window for X-Box to break into the market in the 2000s. Even with competition from X-Box, Sony PlayStation and it’s descendants, PS2, PS3 and PlayStation Portable continue to go on strong. The PlayStation 3 console has continued to increase sales each year, recently surpassing 50 million shipments since it’s release, and gaining more ground on it’s main competitor, X-Box 360.
Of course, all of the newest generation of platform consoles owe their very existence to the innovative, original PlayStation 1. Even the design of the PlayStation’s controller was revolutionary, combining ease of use with comfort in a way never seen before. We all remember getting “Nintendo thumb”, caused by the controller’s box-like shape and concave buttons. Then there was the hulking Nintendo 64 “bearclaw”, which, like the Sega Dreamcast’s joystick, was completely unwieldy. Even without the ground-breaking controller design, PlayStation’s portable memory card system makes it the obvious choice for top console of all time. The ability to take your saved games to your friend’s homes and play with them on their console was ground-breaking. It was like your entire PlayStation could fit in your fifth pocket. Overall, PlayStation’s advanced graphics, in-depth audio and sound, ease of access, simple controller design and captivating titles make it the obvious choice for the best video game console of all time.
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