As most PlayStation fans are sitting around twiddling their thumbs waiting for the much anticipated and rumored PS4 announcement at Sony’s “See The Future Event” this Wednesday, the official PlayStation YouTube channel has been teasing fans and building hype with history lessons of the previous and current PlayStation consoles.
Over the past couple days, the videos have taken fans through a National Geographic documentary-style trip down memory lane: talking about the history, behind the scenes facts and global impact that each of the PlayStation consoles had on the gaming industry.
Think of these videos as the cliff notes to researching the history of the PlayStation console family. The showcase of games and commercials as well as segments from news channels are all well put together – and anyone who was around for the PlayStation or PlayStation 2 launch will definitely have fond memories come back. So if you’re a nostalgic person, these videos might be a nice trip down memory lane.
On February 15th the first of the documentaries was released and highlighted milestones and the journey of the first PlayStation to the public.
Check out the first video, Evolution of PlayStation: The Beginning, below:
Major points brought up in the video include:
- November 16th 1993 – Sony Computer Entertainment division from Sony was announced to join the world of video games in Tokyo, Japan.
- December 1994 – The PlayStation was released to the public in Japan by Sony Computer Entertainment.
- In Japan, the PlayStation reached over one million units in only six months.
- E3 1995 – The PlayStation was shown off and marketed for the rest of the world to see.
- September 1995 – Official launch of the PlayStation in the U.S. and Europe.
The second video highlights the PlayStation 2 release, briefly recounting the success that the original PlayStation had and how Sony Computer Entertainment wanted to take it a step further.
Check out the second video, Evolution of PlayStation: PlayStation 2, below:
The video also brings up:
- Sony Computer Entertainment worked with Toshiba to deliver the PlayStation 2′s all new technology – such as the Emotion Engine CPU.
- October 26th 2000 – The PlayStation 2 was an overnight success worldwide.
- The PlayStation 2 was further supported by new technology such as the network adapter and the EyeToy.
- The PlayStation 2 sold over one hundred and fifty million consoles worldwide.
Lastly the video regarding the latest Sony home console, the PlayStation 3, talks about all the advancements that the new console included – laying the groundwork for what is to come.
Check out the third video, Evolution of PlayStation: PlayStation 3, below:
Other highlights the video goes into include:
- E3 2005 – The ground breaking PlayStation 3 was officially announced.
- Technological advancements such as a state of the art Blu-Ray player, new cell processor, an ultra powerful graphics chip, larger hard drive and HDMI capabilities.
- The launch of the PlayStation Network and its usages.
- PlayStation Plus and its perks.
- The PlayStation Move offering a new way of motion gaming.
It’s safe to say this is all a hype build for the supposed announcement of the PlayStation 4 on February 20th. But I think most gamers will agree that this homage to the past is the perfect way to look towards the future of the PlayStation brand and what it will have to offer. For more on that, check out our write-ups regarding what gamers might expect to pay for a PS4, when it could arrive in stores, as well as a sneak peek at the system’s new controller.
Which was the first PlayStation console you ever owned? Let us know in the comment section below!