PlayStation

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This article is about the first video game console released by Sony. You may be looking for the digital video recorder with the same name as the console's codename, the PSX.


PlayStation

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Never Underestimate the Power of PlayStation.
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: Original Model:
JP: December 3, 1994
NA: September 9, 1995
EU: September 29, 1995
AU: November 15, 1995
PS One
JP: July 7, 2000
NA: September 19, 2000
EU: September 29, 2000
Successor: PlayStation 2
Competitors: Atari Jaguar
Sega 32X
Sega Saturn
Nintendo 64
Sega Dreamcast
Generation: Fifth generation


The PlayStation (or PSX (not to be confused with a digital video recorder with the same name), later given the name PS1) was Sony's first video game console and competed against the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Saturn and was released in 1994. It was succeeded by the PlayStation 2 in 2000 and was discontinued in 2006.

Origins

Nintendo and Sony had a partnership to work on a CD add-on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but disputes ended the partnership. Nintendo went on to work with Philips on the concept and that produced the CD-i.

Sony, on the other hand, kept the technology they had developed and after being turned down by Sega of Japan, they decided to release the add-on as a standalone console, which would become the PlayStation.

Why It Rocks

  1. Over 7,000 titles were released for the system!
  2. It can play audio CDs. Many audiophiles claim a specific model (the SCPH-100x) is one of the best CD players ever made.
  3. Helped in the major shift of 2D gaming to 3D gaming, along with the Nintendo 64.
  4. While it was not the first game console to use CDs, it was the first to do so successfully and made CD use popular. Discs are now the standard game format for home consoles.
  5. While the Nintendo 64 introduced analog sticks, the PlayStation DualShock controller was the one who set the standard for future consoles' analog stick usage with the use of two separate analog sticks on the controller rather than one.
  6. A huge number of role-playing games and platformer titles.
  7. It was very easy to develop for, thus gaining very strong third-party support, and later a smaller Homebrew support too.
  8. A smaller model called the PSOne was also released, which is a great option if you don't have much space.
  9. Many well known game characters such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon came from this console.
  10. A large number of very good games including:
  11. Many of its games are also available to download for relatively cheap on PlayStation Network on the PlayStation 3 (which is backwards compatible), PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita.
  12. A DualShock 2 controller can work on this console.
  13. It was powerful for it's time.
  14. The PS One model had a screen add-on, which adds more portability and saves you from having to buy a TV.
  15. Unlike the other controllers, which had their buttons called either by numbers (1, 2, 3, 4,) or letters (A, B, C, D, X, Y & Z), the PlayStation's Dualshock controller uses geometric shapes (Δ, O, X, & ), a format that'd be unique and exclusive to the PlayStation consoles.
  16. PS1 games used black CD-ROMs, which was a good and easy way to tell if a PS1 disc was real or pirated.
  17. Due to PS1 discs being CDs, you can insert the disc in any CD player and listen to the soundtrack normally.

Bad Qualities

  1. Games that predate the DualShock must be played entirely with the D-Pad or controllers that has no analog sticks in the first place.
  2. There are only two controller ports despite many games supporting four players. You need a Multitap to be able to plug four controllers in.
  3. Memory Cards only hold 15 slots for save files, and some games even take up two (or more) slots.
  4. The lens can get damaged easily over time and it's very difficult to find a replacement nowadays.
  5. Dust can easily get into the disc tray.
  6. If you insert any other CD-ROM other than a PS1 game or an audio CD, a normal console will display an error message. However, if you do this on a mod-chipped console, either Fearful Harmony, Personified Fear or Forbidden Image will occur. Which those three sounds are creepy.

Reception

With more than 100 million units sold worldwide, the PlayStation was the most popular and successful console of the fifth generation of gaming. It is also considered the console that made CD based gaming popular which is the norm now, despite not being the first console to use CDs, but it was the first to do so successfully.

YouTuber AlphaOmegaSin owns nearly every RPG on the system and claims he became a fan of the genre because of the PlayStation. Caddicarus focuses almost exclusively on this system as it was his first console growing up.

Trivia

A picture of Sony's 1970's prototype console.
  • Sony, the creator of the console, originally had plans to release an older game console back in the 1970's (Yes, the same decade the Atari 2600 came out!). Although it was displayed at Tokyo around 2004 or 2005, there is little knowledge about this unnamed prototype. It would use cards to play games and has no controller ports. It's spectulated that instead of using controllers, the console instead has buttons on itself, the red ones being for answers (こたえ/Kotae) and the blue one for proceeding (すすめ/Susume). There is also a wheel on the side of the console that would be used for scrolling vertically. So this supposedly would've been a console designed for quiz games. The console would use motion graphics for the games.[1]

Comments


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JaguarByte Productions

19 months ago
Score 2
My friend got a fully working PS1 for only 2$.
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LuigiMan050-5

one month ago
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ONLY 2 BUCKS?!!?? WHAT THE FUSCQSGHSCPZKSPLCJ
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Anonymous user #1

19 months ago
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I hate the fearful haromony and Personified fear in the PSX
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Grust

15 months ago
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The King of RPG consoles.
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Anonymous user #1

15 months ago
Score 6 You
I like ps1
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Declan Kearns

13 months ago
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I just bought a fully working PS1 for only £15. Just a few months ago.
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GRAND-DUCHY

9 months ago
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I swear to everyone that I've never seen a black PS1 CD-ROM in my life. I had a PS1, but all my games were in a poor quality CD-R with the game's name written on it.

All of them were either English or Japanese. I didn't understand a single word, so I've decided to mash the buttons like crazy as an attempt to play or beat the game.
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Mr. Dready

8 months ago
Score 2
I prefer the PS1 over N64, but i prefer the graphics on n64.
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Mr. Dready

7 months ago
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The reason being since Most PS1 games look blurry compare to the N64.
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Mr. Dready

7 months ago
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The only exception so far i found was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater where i thing the PS1 version looks better, although the Dreamcast version looks the best out of the 3.
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Edbert0987654321

8 months ago
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I want one!
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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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I loved this console, but I always thought the D-pad was strange, since it was multiple buttons and not a regular D-pad.
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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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I miss my PlayStation 1 console so much.
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RaymesisEvil

7 months ago
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I really like this console, which I play a lot with my favorite game, Vib-Ribbon
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ThePCGamer

6 months ago
Score 2
It's startup is pretty good for a intro
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Edbert0987654321

5 months ago
Score 1

(woosh) (dun dun dun dun dun dun!)

(woosh) (dununun!) (dun dun)
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Oh29116user

2 months ago
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Sony´s first console, Now I know how Sony became the best selling game companies, I don´t really have a ps1, but I can emulate PS1 Games on iPhone, even though is not the first cd based console, it was the first successful cd based console
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LuigiMan050-5

2 months ago
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"The PlayStation (or PSX, later given the name PS1)"

Wait so... why is there another PSX?
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No bias

one month ago
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Fun fact: This is sony revenge of Nintendo.
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Grammar guy

21 days ago
Score 2

1994: Upgraded SNES controller

1997: 2 STICKS, BITCH!

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