Some of us might wonder when all that time passed since Sony celebrates 20 years of PlayStation with discounts, and better reminds us that it was two decades ago that the gaming platform first made its way onto the markets of North America.
On September 9th, 1995, the PlayStation (now dubbed PS 1), was first released in the United States, nine months after seeing its launch in Japan. Soon enough, it started being viewed as the true competition to Sega and Nintendo, in spite of Sony’s initial intention of partnering up with the latter to create the ultimate console.
However, the deal between the two companies failed, but it seems Sony has definitely benefited more. By late 90s, PlayStation soon took over the world of gaming, leaving its competition of Sega and Nintendo to fall beneath its shadow. With each edition, they upped their hardware performance, while leaving their controller virtually the same. And, apparently, it worked.
It prompted PlayStation 2 to become the best-selling console of all times, further showing off their impact among the gaming community, and now considered as being one of the main reasons why Sega decided to back out of the market.
Coincidentally, the same date of the first PlayStation’s release, September 9, marks the day in which Sega launched their final console in 1999 after four years of competition with Sony.
Nintendo remained in the market, but it still faltered to the true power house of consoles, with PlayStation 2 and the latest, PlayStation 4, dominating sales in their respective generations. For two decades, Sony has provided what is arguably the best consoles ever released, and is now celebrating with a nostalgic video and discounts on games.
PlayStation 4 owners in the United States will have a different set of deals than those in Europe. They will have games such as Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (Ultimate Evil Edition) for $29.99 on PS Plus, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Collector’s Edition) at $29.99 instead of $39.99, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Digital Pro Edition) at $63.99 instead of $99.99.
The U.S. discounts will last only until September 14th, and will feature many more deals on videogames that are completely listed for the public on the company’s official blog.
The video, on the other hand, has reminded us how far the gaming community has come in the last twenty years, from battling pixelated characters to today’s life-like graphics and far more extensive collection of games to choose from.
Still, older gamers can still recall the dull grey of the first PlayStation, playing Tekken, Need for Speed and Crash Bandicoot’s adventures, in all their pixelated glory that seemed out of this world at that time. How far we’ve come.
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