Sony's game-changing platform celebrates a decade and a half on the North American market; 2 billion PS family games sold; $63 billion in sales.
Some 15 years ago today, the original PlayStation went on sale in North America. Though it had Sony behind it--a brand revered in electronics circles--the console was no sure thing. It had, in fact, been created almost by accident, after a proposed deal between Sony and Nintendo fell apart famously in 1991.
At that year's Consumer Electronics Show, Sony announced it had struck a deal with the Mario Factory to provide the SNES with a CD-based game-media reader. The following day, though, Nintendo announced that it was opting to have Netherlands-based Phillips make the peripheral, forging one of the more bitter rivalries in game-industry history.
The PlayStation 3 has lagged behind Nintendo in the current generation of consoles, with Wii sales topping 74 million worldwide versus just 38.1 million PlayStation 3s sold. The original PlayStation had sold more than 102 million units as of mid-2005, and the PlayStation 2 had sold more than 145 million as of July 2010.
However, Sony was not shy about using the PlayStation brand's anniversary to throw around its platforms' impressive statistics. To date, PlayStation-branded hardware--including the original PlayStation, PS2, PSP, and PS3--has sold some 377 million hardware units and more than 2 billion software units worldwide. In the US, some $63 billion of PlayStation-branded products have been sold since 1995, making up 40 percent of all domestic game sales, according to Sony.
To commemorate the North American anniversary of the PlayStation--which first went on sale in Japan in December 1994--Sony is releasing a series of free PSP and PS3 themes, as well as weekly discounts on PSOne digital downloads from the PlayStation Network.
hey gamespot wake up. Super Mario Brothers turns 25 today how come you dont have an article on it? I call sony conspiracy!
Funny, did you ever notice that those Xbox fanboys once owned a PSX and loved the console like everyone here? Now they are dissing Sony like they hate it t death...such hypocrits :D Anyway...Too bad they don't sell PSX games no more, otherwise all that money saved in my little piggy would disappear... Hail Sony :P
I'm pretty happy with the PSP, focusing on Great Games like Metal Gear, God of War, Final Fantasy and maybe a Killzone Ist person shooter released after Killzone 3 would be a good to play, more AAA+ games needed for the PSP Platform.
I hope that sony will improve the internet browser on the psp and ps3 because that seem really outdated, you can't even sign in for the email on the psp or at least use an e-mail icon on the network on the xmb anyway Playstation rocks
Hardware sales are a little less meaningful when your console breaks as often as Sony's products do. Thankfully, the PS3 seems to be a well-built product, but the PSX and PS2 were ridiculously bad (much like Sony's other consumer products).
does anyone now where to download the theme for psp they are talking about with out signing in in playstation store?
@tommygun6644 What do you mean for their time? Check this out: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/top-ten-gt-countdown/18703
@Sonicplys You're absolutely right man, check this out:) http://www.ign.com/videos/2009/09/15/top-25-consoles-entire-series
playstation 3 has only been released for only about 4 years so I wouldn't expect the PS3 to reach a benchmark yet, maybe in another 4 years it will reach the 100 million sold mark, I think that a 399 AUD price mark would be good in our region
To Sony (clingcling), who changed the way of gaming and was responsible for my major addiction of gaming... :D
Happy Birthday Playstation!! I still remember when I got my first playstation back in 96, the first two games I got to it was Tekken and Independence Day lol.
God, it's been so long. Good old memories as a kid, playing with my PSone and playing spyro....great memories. Think I'm going to bust it out right now. I've got a little bit away from playstation towards xbox, but a great system nonetheless.
Ah Sony. You started with two of the most amazing, beautiful, progressive and incredible consoles ever created (PS1/PS2). Then you dropped the ball with two of the worst pieces of garbage and crap consoles in gaming history (PSP/PS3). Please come back to the glory days with the PS4.
Happy 15th, PlayStation! Thank you for introducing me to Crash and Spyro back in Christmas '98, Sony!
It's been a glorious 15 years full of memories for me and a big thanks to my uncle who let me borrow his PS and Gran Turismo back in 1997.
@Dualmask nice, I remember playing the Trap Runner demo. Also two more games, more well known but still awesome....Alien Resurrection - based very loosely on the film this was a single player FPS. I was so hard and yet very rewarding, it was slow paced and all about tension, shame it was so overlooked as it's one of my all time fav FPS despite playing it on a PSone pad with no analogue sticks. Syphon Filter 2 - I didn't really play/like most the other games in this series but this game was an action epic. So many varied well thought out missions. These and many others would have easily been AAA titles on other consoles but because the PSone had so many great games (and 100s of really average ones lol) they aren't remembered that well.
I wonder what's the life time sales of the rest of the consoles. Atari, Nintendo, Sega, Xbox and all the little companies who didn't make a splash.
@Petch1984 A couple of wonderful PSOne hidden gems most probably don't know about are Destrega (an overhead, beam/projectile based fighter with a decent story mode) and Trap Gunner (an arena-type game where you set and disarm traps while trying to kill your opponent). Those were awesome games.
I started gaming on the Atari 7800, then got a NES, then a SNES, then a PSX. At that moment gaming, for me, changed. I still have my best gaming memories from when I played SNES, but Sony really changed the game. Happy Birthday Playstation! Here's to another great 15 years of gaming.
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