What were you doing on December 3, 1994? If you were alive and had the chance, you might have been getting a PlayStation on the day of release, as Sony has revealed via the PlayStation Blog that today marks the 25th anniversary of PlayStation, at least with regards to the debut in Japan.
Sony Interactive Entertainment's CEO and president Jim Ryan shared a message with fans on this landmark anniversary, looking back at the origins with Ken Kutaragi and the history of the now-iconic brand.
The original PlayStation sold 100,000 units in Japan on the first day, for example, becoming the first home console to sell 100 million units worldwide too. Records have continued to be set as well, as the PS4 has become the second best-selling console in history as well, recently outselling the Wii and sitting just behind another Sony classic, the PS2.
"We struck a chord with the gaming community because PlayStation offered experiences beyond what anyone could ever imagine was possible with a home console," Ryan writes. "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."
"Over the past 25 years, PlayStation has stood at the forefront of gaming, and I'm honored to have been a part of the team since the early days. As I was helping set up the business in Europe, I remember having to start from scratch with many things, from hiring employees to ordering furniture. Back then, we focused on catering to local markets to ensure that a gamer in Poland would feel a part of the broader PlayStation community just as much as someone in the UK, or Japan, or the U.S. Supported by passionate fans all around the world, our business has grown significantly and our focus on community is more important than ever."
What has been your favourite memory of the PlayStation?
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