46 Facts About Sony PlayStation


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

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

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The main series of controllers utilized by the Sony 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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Sony PlayStation Network is an online service with about 110 million registered users and over 103 million active users monthly.

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

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Until 1991, Sony PlayStation had little direct involvement with the video game industry.

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Sony 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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At the Consumer Electronics Show in June 1991, Sony PlayStation revealed a Super Famicom with a built-in CD-ROM drive that incorporated Green Book technology or CD-i, called "Play Station".

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However, a day after the announcement at CES, Nintendo announced that it would be breaking its partnership with Sony PlayStation, opting to go with Philips instead but using the same technology.

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

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

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In 2007, Sony PlayStation began shipping a revision of the Slimline which was lighter than the original Slimline together with a lighter AC adapter.

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

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PlayStation Europe CEO Jim Ryan emphasized in 2011 that Sony wanted to avoid launching the next-generation console behind the competition.

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

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

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Sony 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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In 2008, Sony PlayStation released a second hardware revision called the PSP-3000 which included several features that were not present in the PSP-2000, such as a built-in microphone and upgraded screen, as well as the ability to output PSP games in interlaced mode.

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In 1996, Sony released the PlayStation Analog Joystick for use with flight simulation games.

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

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Xperia Play is an Android-powered smartphone with a slide-up gamepad resembling the PSP Go developed by Sony Ericsson aimed at gamers and is the first to be PlayStation Certified.

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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 Sony 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 Sony PlayStation Store.

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

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

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Life with Sony PlayStation was a Folding@home application available for Sony 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 Sony 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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Sony PlayStation Mobile is a software framework that will be used to provide downloadable Sony PlayStation content to devices running Android 2.

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

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At CES, Sony presented demos of The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer and Beyond: Two Souls, playable through PS Now on Bravia TVs and PlayStation Vitas.

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Sony 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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Jason Schreier of Bloomberg News reported in December 2021 that Sony PlayStation was working to create a new subscription service, code-named Spartacus, intended as a competitor to the Xbox Game Pass service by Microsoft, with plans to release in the second quarter of 2022.

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

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In 2002, Sony released the first useful and fully functioning operating system for a video game console, after the Net Yaroze experiment for the original PlayStation.

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

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Sony PlayStation issued an apology and a new version of the advert with the offending line changed was produced.

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In November 2006, a marketing company employed by Sony PlayStation's American division created a website entitled "All I want for Xmas is a PSP", designed to promote the PSP virally.

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Sony PlayStation was forced to admit that the site was in fact a marketing campaign and in an interview with next-gen.

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

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

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In July 2014, Sony boasted in a company release video that the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita sold a combined total of 100 million units.

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