20 Years of Playstation

Take a look back at the consoles, games and innovations that have brought PlayStation to where we are today – and a glimpse into the future.

Sony PlayStation launches in Japan on 3rd December.

PlayStation launches in Australia, Europe and USA and the rest of the world shortly after. 

Resident Evil, Crash Bandicoot, Tomb Raider and more all debut on PlayStation. By the end of the year 10 million consoles had sold worldwide. 

Parappa the Rapper, Final Fantasy VII, International Super Star Soccer and more arrive on PS One, alongside the Dual Analog controller. 

PS One control is revolutionised again with the DUALSHOCK controller, while Gran Turismo, Spyro the Dragon and Grand Theft Auto help achieve 50 million global console sales. 

More future classics including Silent Hill, Driver and Tony Hawk Pro Skater are released, while at E3 1999, attention turns to the next generation of PlayStation…

PlayStation 2 launches into the new millennium, reaching European players in November 2000 with a launch line up including Tekken Tag Tournament, SSX and TimeSplitters.

Naughty Dog join PlayStation in an exclusive partnership; their first PS2 release – Jak and Daxter – debuted in December 2001.

Ratchet &Clank blast their way onto PS2, while central London is recreated in amazing detail in The Getaway. By the end of the year, over 40 million PS2 systems had been sold worldwide.

Innovations come to PS2: EyeToy makes interactive motion-controlled gaming a reality, while the Network Adaptor puts gamers online for the first time.

PlayStation goes portable as PSP launches in December, while PS2 gets a slim new design – and wannabe singers grab a mic for the first time with SingStar.

Kratos smashed onto PlayStation for the first time in God of War, while Team Ico release Shadow of the Colossus. By September, PS2 had sold 100 million units, making it the most successful games console ever.

PlayStation 3 launches in Japan and USA, boasting HD graphics, 60GB of internal storage and Blu-ray Disc support. Online gaming becomes available to all with the launch of PlayStation Network and PlayStation Store.

PS3 comes to the UK and Europe with a stellar line up including MotorStorm, Resistance: Fall of Man and Nathan Drake’s debut Uncharted adventure.

The DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller is introduced, bringing enhanced Six Axis motion control to new titles including LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and Resistance 2.

PS3 gets a slim, 120GB re-design – making space for epic games like inFamous and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. For handheld gaming fans, PSP Go is released in October.

Players get hands-on with the PlayStation Move motion controller and are introduced to PlayStation Plus for the first time.

MotorStorm Apocalypse, Killzone 3, inFamous 2, Batman Arkham City and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception head up another stellar year of game releases.

PlayStation Vita launches in Europe on 22 February, while PS3 games continue to push boundaries with The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V.

PlayStation 4 launches on 29 November, giving players the most powerful games console ever – including a redesigned control system in the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.

Less than a year after launch, PS4 becomes the fastest selling console of all time. PlayStation TV launches, and games including Destiny, Watch Dogs and The Last of Us Remastered prove that PS4 is for the players.

To celebrate the franchise, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is Remastered for PS4 ahead of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was released. 

The Future…
PlayStation VR has put virtual reality on the horizon for PS4, PlayStation Now promises an on-demand gaming service on a range of devices, while developers continue to work on the next ground-breaking PlayStation games…

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd 
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®4 (PS4®) computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system, PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and PSN software and hardware in 109 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation® in 1994. PlayStation®4 redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalisation and deeply integrated social capabilities. PS Vita is a portable entertainment system that offers a combination of rich gaming and social connectivity. PS3® is an advanced computer entertainment system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors.  SCEE also develops, publishes markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories.
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