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Sony celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original PlayStation

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Today, 25 years ago, the original PlayStation was released in Japan. Yes, one of the most influential video game console in the history of the medium has been around for 25 years. I fondly remember getting my first PlayStation. My mom worked for a company that dealt a lot with importers, and she managed to nab me a North American PlayStation with all the necessary converters in April of 1996. I still remember that glorious boot up sound and the shivers the thing gave me when I first switched it on.

I got the machine with Resident Evil, Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Tekken 2 – all games I have fond memories of. I’ll especially never forget the moment that the dogs crash through the window in Resident Evil – probably because I must have jumped 15 cm in the air while clutching my chest.

PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan took to the PlayStation Blog to celebrate the console’s 25th year, promising that it’s a milestone that’ll be well celebrated.

“On December 3, 1994 – 25 years ago this week – the first PlayStation made its global debut in Japan. Starting from a humble beginning as an upstart within Sony, Ken Kutaragi and team delivered on a vision to elevate video games as a form of entertainment that everyone could enjoy, and to make a platform for game developers to express their creativity. The original PlayStation sold 100,000 units in Japan on its first day and went on to become the first-ever home console to surpass 100 million units sold globally.

We struck a chord with the gaming community because PlayStation offered experiences beyond what anyone could ever imagine was possible with a home console. From the very start, we opened our arms to developers, providing them with the tools and technology to create beautiful, expansive worlds, and to experiment with new ideas. That approach led to the diversity of games PlayStation is known for, a true hallmark for our brand across multiple generations of hardware platforms.”

Sony is undoubtedly eyeing the future of PlayStation with the PlayStation 5 out next year, carrying on the legacy of a system born 25 years ago. Do you have any great PlayStation memories? Games that’ll stick with you forever?

Last Updated: December 3, 2019


  1. HairyEwok

    December 3, 2019 at 12:02

    When you start up your PS with a heavily scratched disc and pray you hear the blade sharpening swish sound XD


    • Yozzie

      December 3, 2019 at 14:19

      Same if you had a “cough cough”…”chip” in the thing.


  2. Umar

    December 3, 2019 at 12:29

    Final Fantasy 7,8,9 and Tactics were my life growing up


  3. Jonah Cash

    December 3, 2019 at 15:22

    Resident Evil 2 was my first on this baby and it is still number 1 in my mind. The new release just made it even better and that sits proudly next to the original at number 1 all time favourite.


  4. Original Heretic

    December 3, 2019 at 12:02

    I remember various trips to the local video store to hire a PS.
    I even bought myself a memory card, so that I could save progress.
    First time I played FF VII, it was sans memory card. Just imagine that… Playing that game without being able to save.
    Got out of the city, didn’t have a chocobo, so that water snake thing got me.
    I will never ever forget that sinking feeling in my stomach.


  5. justlikemo

    December 3, 2019 at 12:16

    yes ,Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot, Tekken, Dino Crisis. Tekken come on best played with friends.


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