PS1 to PS5 – The Evolution of PlayStation

Join us as we chronicle the history of PlayStation, from the launch of the original console in 1994, to the PS5 launch in 2020.

Correction: The PS3 didn’t require PS Plus to play multiplayer, that requirement came with the PS4.

We’re on the cusp of the PlayStation 5’s launch, so now is a perfect time to look back at the journey that led Sony to this moment, and celebrate PlayStation’s past. 

In the video above, Lucy chronicles the history of the Japanese tech giant’s foray into the gaming space, from the wildly successful launch of the original PlayStation back in 1994, to breaking into the American market, to the rapid growth over the last 25 years. From hardware launches, revisions, and partnerships to peripherals, and of course, the games that we love on PlayStation, we delve deeply through the history of the console family. 

She also stops to examine the evolution of the DualShock controller, from its humble beginnings to its reinvention as the new DualSense Wireless Controller. We recently had hands-on time with it, and it’s a marked improvement on the DualShock 4. PlayStation 5 launches on November 12 in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea, and on November 19 in the rest of the world.

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