Playing: Mario Kart 8 Watching: The Flash Listening to: Christmas Tunes
Playstation is making a huge splash recently. Between the 20th anniversary of the Playstation, to the Playstation Experience held in Las Vegas, to the prominent footing it has with it’s successful Playstation 4 console. No matter how you cut it, the Playstation brand is big.
I recently watched a short video released by Sony to commemorate the limited edition 20th anniversary PS4 model, where they took time to reflect on where the brand has been over the last 20 years. While most of it was self-congratulatory (and a little lofty of it’s analysis of the importance of PSP and Vita), I began to think about just how much Sony has changed the face of gaming. The Playstation really has been a platform over the year that has brought about some of the best gaming that I have experienced over the last 2 decades.
The original Playstation brought disc gaming to the mainstream and into my home for the first time. CD quality soundtracks, FMV cutscenes and memory cards (remember those?) became staples of gaming in the 90’s because of the PS1. The landscape of gaming during that time was quite stark in no small part because of these innovations. You could always tell a Playstation game when compared to a N64 game. It made for a very interesting era of gaming.
My personal PS1 favorites: Mega Man Legends, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, Final Fantasy 7,
PS2 followed and is to date the best selling game console of all time. PS2 brought DVD based games to the table, and it also brought with it the trend of making game machines “Home Entertainment Units” by allowing you to watch movies on the console as well. Playstation 2 was home to some prominent peripherals like the Multi-Tap, The Eye Toy and was home to the rise of music based controllers like Microphones for Karaoke Revolution and Guitar controllers for Guitar Hero.
My personal PS2 favorites: Shadow of The Colossus, Silent Hill 2, Guitar Hero 2
Playstation 3 while struggling against the Xbox 360 to find it’s voice was still a very important step. Blu Ray being the obvious footprint that PS3 left. Playstation 3 might not have been the sexiest or most accessible platform from Sony, but there was a wealth of in-house exclusive games that made the PS3 a must own. PS3 also established the Playstation Network, which is now a very important cross-platform entertainment hub for Sony. PSN still supports PS3 with regular releases to the online library. In fact just this week Sony unveiled Suikoden 2 (one of the most loved JRPGS of the PS1 era) would be available for download on PS3.
My personal PS3 favorites: Uncharted 2, Little Big Planet, The Last of Us
As I look back at the history of Playstation I am surprised by just how many of my favorite games and memories were had on a Playstation machine. The legacy of Playstation is undeniable, and the future is just as bright. At the Playstation Experience event Sony showed that they have big plans for the future of gaming. Not just the games themselves, but how we play them. PS4 is leading the charge with great innovation and fun to be had.
I could not be more excited to be a Playstation owner, and I look forward to the next 20 years as a Playstation gamer. Happy Birthday, Playstation!