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The Evolution of PlayStation - Spanning over 2 decades.
PlayStation evolution spanning over two decades
Evolution of PlayStation throughout history
The PlayStation console has been around dating back to 1991 (1st released in Japan) with the release of the original PlayStation (PS1) by Sony. Subsequent releases of the PlayStation including PlayStation 2 (PS2), PlayStation 3 (PS3) have been released all the way through PlayStation 4 (PS4) with the most recent release of PlayStation VR.
Toward the end of the 80's (1988), Sony made an agreement with Nintendo to develop a CD-ROM attachment. The CD-ROM attachment was known as the Super Disk. The Super Disk was manufactured for the Super Nintendo. The Super Disc was never released because of contractual/licensing issues. A modified version was introduced by Sony in 1991, in a system called the PlayStation.
The original PlayStation developed by Sony read these Super Discs that were called CD-ROM/XA. This extension of the CD-ROM format allowed video, audio and computer data to be accessed by the processor simultaneously. The PlayStation also had a cartridge port for playing Super Nintendo game cartridges. The PlayStation was thought to be the core of home multimedia center. Sony manufactured about 200 of them before deciding to change the design overall. The next design by Sony known as PlayStation X, or PSX, removed the Super Nintendo cartridge port and just kept the CD-ROM-based games without cartridges. With the Launch of the PSX in Japan in December of 1994 and in the United States and Europe in September of 1995, the PSX became the most popular system on the market available at the time.
The PS2 was also developed by Sony and was the successor to the original PlayStation. The PS2 was released on March 4, 2000 in Japan, October 26, 2000 in North America, November 24, 2000 in Europe, and November 17, 2000 in Australia. The PS2 was in direct competition competed Sega's new console Dreamcast, Microsoft's new console Xbox, and Nintendo's new GameCube. The PS2 was the first PlayStation console to offer backwards compatibility for the DualShock controller and for its games. The PS2 is currently the best selling game console in history (over 155 million units sold). The PS2 had more then 3,874 game titles released for the since its launch. Even after the launch of subsequent consoles by Sony (i.e. PS3 and PS4) the PS2 remained popular and continued to be produced. Sony did announce in 2013 that the PS2 had been discontinued after 13 years of production. Despite the announcement, new games for the console continued to be produced until the end of 2013. Some of those titles included Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin for Japan, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 for North America and Europe, and FIFA 14 for Brazil.
The PS3 was the next installment in the PlayStation saga by Sony and the directly competed with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii consoles. It was first released on November 11, 2006, in Japan, November 17, 2006 in North America, and March 27, 2007 in Europe and Australia. The PS3 was the first console to use Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage. The PS3 console was the first PlayStation to integrate social gaming services, In 2009 Sony introduced the Slimmodel of the Ps3. this model was lighter and thinner than the original version. Sony had sold many unites and as of March 2016 the PS3 has sold 85 million units worldwide. In addition PS3 games are not compatible with PS4, the next console to be released by Sony.
The PS4 was the next installment in the PlayStation saga by Sony and directly competed with Nintendo's WII U and Microsofts Xbox One. The PS4 was finally launched on November 15, 2013 in North America, November 29, 2013 in Europe, South America and Australia, and February 22, 2014 in Japan. Some of the features of the PS4 console included an AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) built upon the x86-64 architecture, which can peak at 1.84 teraflops. In addition the PS4 placed emphasis on social interaction and integration with other devices and service. One improvement worthy of mentioning was for the console's controller of which was redesigned and improved over the PS3, In 2016 Sony introduced 2 hardware revisions of PS4: a slim build of the console, and a version with an upgraded GPU and higher CPU clock rate.
PlayStation VR (Virtual Reality)
The next installment in the PlayStation Saga by sony is the new PlayStation VR was released in October 2016. The PlayStation VR is a headset for the existing PS4. During development the PlayStaion VR was codenamed Project Morpheus. The PlayStaition VR is a head-mounted display (utilizing existing PS4 consule) also developed by Sony. The VR headset has nine positional LED's on its surface for the PlayStation VR Camera to track 360 degree head movement. The display really brings forth seamless visuals that will bring you in touch with the virtual world. PlayStation VR comes with expansive 5.7” OLED 1080p display that runs at up to 120 fps. The VR headset is really comfortable, and completely adjustable. It’s really allows you to explore the Virtual gaming world. PlayStation VR will keep you on your toes with unexpected gaming virtual reality experiences with cool new titles like Star Wars Battlefront, Golem, and Rigs Mechanized Combat League. As far as set up all you need to do is plug in the PlayStation VR headset with your PlayStation Camera into your PS4 and your ready to explore the VR world.
PlayStation VR Review
In review PlayStation VR will lead you to cool new virtual worlds and with unexpected gaming experiences. Now that i have tried the new VR i must say that it does not compare to anything i have personally tried over the years. I have been a gamer all my life and the VR experience does not compare to other consoles i have tried. I'm really looking forward to trying Star Wars BattleFront with the VR headset. Specifically i'm looking forward to "getting lost" in the VR world for hours and taking care of business and eliminating the bucket heads. Gaming has come such a long way since the Atari ages. I remember my first console the Atari 2600, Colecovision, Commodore 64, Amiga, Nintendo, Saga, etc. VR experience beats them all. I remember playing a game on the Atari 2600 for hours called Kaboom! Anyone remember :) It would be very interesting to see the VR version of Kaboom.