PlayStation turns 20

IDG News Service | Dec 8, 2014

It’s been 20 years since Sony made the leap into computer games and launched the first PlayStation console on December 3rd, 1994. Back then, Nintendo and Sega dominated the console landscape and Sony was a consumer electronics outsider.

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It’s been 20 years since Sony made the leap into computer games and launched the first PlayStation console on December 3rd, 1994. Back then, Nintendo and Sega dominated the console landscape and Sony was a consumer electronics outsider.

But the PlayStation took off, at first in Japan and then around the world. Within a few years, Sega had given up on its own Dreamcast console and switched to making only software. The industry got a boost of competition in 2001 when Microsoft launched its Xbox, and since then the two have been battling for lead in the very competitive video gaming space.

Today, major video games can sell more than a Hollywood blockbuster and hundreds of millions of consoles are in living rooms around the world.

Sony's latest console, the PlayStation 4, has sold over 13.5 million units worldwide and to commemorate the 20th anniversary, Sony is releasing a limited edition PS4. But if you were hoping to get one of the 12,300 commemorative consoles, you’re out of luck. They sold out almost immediately.

To celebrate the anniversary, Sony hosted a huge two-day event for PlayStation fans in Las Vegas called “Playstation Experience.”

Thousands of gamers were at the weekend event and got the chance to try out new, unreleased games for the PlayStation 4 console.

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Shawn Layden
President and CEO, PlayStation
It’s been an amazing year for the gaming industry and an incredible year for us. Thanks to all of you, Playstation 4 is the fastest selling console of all time.

But all it not well in the console gaming industry. Casual gamers are more and more turning to smartphones and tablets to get their fix, so console makers are continuing to push better graphics and a more immersive experience. The PlayStation might be 20 years old, but a bigger question is whether it or its competitors will last another 20 years.