41 Facts About PlayStation


PlayStation is a video game brand that consists of five home video game consoles, two handhelds, a media center, and a smartphone, as well as an online service and multiple magazines.

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The brand is produced by Sony Interactive Entertainment, a division of Sony; the first PlayStation console was released in Japan in December 1994, and worldwide the following year.

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The PlayStation 2 is the best-selling home console to date, having reached over 155 million units sold by the end of 2012.

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Sony's next console, the PlayStation 4, was released in 2013, selling a million units within a day, becoming the fastest selling console in history.

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The latest console in the series, the PlayStation 5, was released in 2020 and sold 10 million units in its first 249 days, unseating its predecessor as the fastest-selling PlayStation console to-date.

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PlayStation TV is a microconsole and a non-portable variant of the PlayStation Vita handheld game console.

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The main series of controllers utilized by the PlayStation series is the DualShock, which is a line of vibration-feedback gamepad having sold 28 million controllers by June 2008.

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PlayStation Network is an online service with about 110 million registered users and over 103 million active users monthly.

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PlayStation Mobile is a software framework that provides PlayStation content on mobile devices.

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PlayStation was the brainchild of Ken Kutaragi, a Sony executive who managed one of the company's hardware engineering divisions and was later dubbed "The Father of the PlayStation".

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PlayStation supplied components for other consoles, such as the sound chip for the Super Famicom from Nintendo, and operated a video game studio, Sony Imagesoft.

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PlayStation wanted the logo to capture the 3D support of the console, but instead of just adding apparent depth to the letters "P" and "S", he created an optical illusion that suggested the letters in depth of space.

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Original PlayStation, released in Japan on December 3,1994, was the first of the ubiquitous PlayStation series of console and hand-held game devices.

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PlayStation 2 has been ranked as the best selling console of all time as of 2015.

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In 2008, Sony released yet another revision of the Slimline which had an overhauled internal design incorporating the power supply into the console itself like the original PlayStation 2 resulting in a further reduced total weight of the console.

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The PlayStation 3 has sold over 80 million consoles worldwide as of November 2013.

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PlayStation 4 was announced by Sony Computer Entertainment at a press conference on February 20,2013.

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PlayStation planned to debut PlayStation Now game streaming service, powered by technology from Gaikai.

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The PlayStation 4 was first released in North America on November 15,2013.

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PlayStation 5 was released worldwide on November 12,2020, and, alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S released the same month, is part of the ninth generation of video game consoles.

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PlayStation Portable was Sony's first handheld console to compete with Nintendo's DS console.

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PlayStation Move is a motion-sensing game controller platform for the PlayStation 3 video game console by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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Hardware available at launch included the main PlayStation Move motion controller and an optional PlayStation Move sub-controller.

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Sony Tablets are PlayStation Certified Android tablets, released in 2011,2012, and 2013.

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The system supports Remote Play compatibility with the PlayStation 4, allowing players to stream games from the PS4 to a separate TV connected to PS TV, and allows users to stream content from video services such as Hulu and Niconico, as well as access the PlayStation Store.

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PlayStation VR is a virtual reality device that is produced by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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PlayStation Classic is a miniature version of the original 1994 Model SCPH-1001 PlayStation console, that comes preloaded with 20 games, and two original style controllers.

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The PlayStation 3 has two types of games, those released on Blu-ray Discs and downloadable games from the PlayStation Store.

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PlayStation Studios is a group of video game developers owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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Life with PlayStation was a Folding@home application available for PlayStation 3 which connected to Stanford University's Folding@home distributed computer network and allowed the user to donate their console's spare processing cycles to the project.

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Life with PlayStation consisted of a 3D virtual view of the Earth and contained current weather and news information of various cities and countries from around the world, as well as a World Heritage channel which offered information about historical sites, and the United Village channel which is a project designed to share information about communities and cultures worldwide.

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PlayStation Mobile is a software framework that will be used to provide downloadable PlayStation content to devices running Android 2.

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PlayStation Now was announced on January 7,2014 at the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show.

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PlayStation Now was launched in Open Beta in the United States and Canada on PS4 on July 31,2014, on PS3 on September 18,2014, on PS Vita and PS TV on October 14,2014, with support for select 2014 Bravia TVs coming later in the year.

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LiveArea, designed to be used on the PlayStation Vita, is a graphical user interface set to incorporate various social networking features via the PlayStation Network.

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The use of Linux on the PlayStation 3 allowed users to access 6 of the 7 Synergistic Processing Elements; Sony implemented a hypervisor restricting access to the RSX.

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PlayStation brand has a wide series of magazines, from across different continents, covering PlayStation related articles and stories.

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PlayStation Underground was a non-traditional magazine that Sony Computer Entertainment America produced and published between Spring 1997 to Spring 2001.

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Between 1999 and 2007, PlayStation was the main kit sponsor of French Ligue 1 club AJ Auxerre.

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Between 2009 and 2010, PlayStation was the main kit sponsor of French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais.

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In 2010, Gizmodo stated that the PlayStation brand was one of the last Sony products to completely stand apart from its competitors, stating that "If you ask the average person on the street what their favorite Sony product is, more often than not you'll hear PlayStation".

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