That’s right, 15 years ago today Sony joined the console war releasing the Playstation in Japan. Originally envisioned as a collaborative add-on to the SNES (“SNES-CD”), in 1993 Sony decided to rework it toward the new generation of hardware and software, taking on the Sega Saturn. And so the dynasty was born.
I came on to the Playstation scene fairly late in the game. My brother and I were more Nintendophiles at the time, and we were saving up to buy a Saturn. We didn’t get a Playstation until the cute wittle PSone came around in 2000. I surely caught up in time though, now a firm fan and owner of a PSone, PS2, PS3, and PSP.
No one can deny the massive game libraries both the Playstation, and most notably the PS2, accrued over their lifespans. Hell, the PS2 is STILL getting games (though mostly ports), and it’s 9 years old!!! That means over half of the entirety of Sony’s gaming timeline has been the PS2.
If there is one thing Sony wants to be known for, it’s for putting out long lasting systems with classic game libraries, and I think (and hope) that will continue with the PS3… at least until (if it turns out as successful as the PS2) 2016.