PlayStation’s 20th Birthday!

PlayStation 20th birthday

Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of the original PlayStation, which had been released on Dec. 3, 1994 in Japan. It was Sony Computer Entertainment’s first strike into the gaming console wars, and it competed for the most part against the Nintendo 64.

Interestingly enough, PlayStation did not begin as a standalone console, but as a CD add-on for Nintendo’s Super Famicom. After years of collaboration between Sony and Nintendo, however, the deal rapidly went south and a contractual dispute caused Nintendo to abandon Sony and the deal they had established; Sony ultimately decided to go alone.

The PlayStation’s most significant advantage was its CD-ROM drive, which enabled larger, more detailed game worlds than Nintendo’s cartridge-based system. The outcome was a legendary library of games: Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Gran Turismo, and of a host of Final Fantasy games all called the PlayStation home , together with hundreds more .

To celebrate this milestone , Sony has introduced a special 20th-anniversary version of its new PS4 console with a color resembling the original.

PS1 20th anniversaryShuhei Yoshida President of SCE Worldwide Studios tweeted “We sincerely thank you for joining us on our exciting 20-year journey, you have made every bump and scrape we took along the way worthwhile.” Even the company’s biggest business rival had some kind words to say. Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, tweeted:

Phil Spencer SP1 20th tweet

Phil Spencer PS1 20th Birthday Tweet