September 9th, 2010, 19:11 Posted By: wraggster
Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the launch of the PlayStation in North America, a milestone which sees over 377 million PlayStation consoles of various types sold worldwide.
One of the first commercially available CD-based games systems, the original PlayStation was launched in Japan on December 3, 1994 - becoming the first console to ship over 100 million units worldwide after nine years and six months on the market. The origins of the system lie in a dispute between Sony and Nintendo, with Sony originally developing a disc-based prototype addition to Nintendo's SNES system.
When Nintendo decided to contract Phillips to produce the drives instead, Ken Kutaragi was promoted to the head of PlayStation development in order to produce a market rival for Nintendo's machine. Internal opposition to the project was so strong that it was shifted in its entirety to Sony Music so that development could continue unhindered.
Sony Computer Entertainment America chief executive Jack Tretton was bullish about both the past and future of PlayStation in a statement accompanying the announcement.
"When you look in the rearview mirror at what was happening in 1995 you see that the videogame industry was an entirely different animal. Cartridges were still the preferred medium, and the market was a modest $2.6 billion in sales revenue annually. Many critics thought that a disc-based console with a lot of horse power would shoot over the heads of consumers, but our users proved them wrong," he said.
"Now, we are seeing a convergence of video games and home entertainment, and a market that is a robust $20 billion in revenue. In the next 15 years and beyond PlayStation will continue to bring new and more immersive experiences, like stereoscopic 3D, augmented reality as well as genre-defying gameplay into consumer living rooms."
Sony intends to celebrate the anniversary with a range of discounts, downloads and special offers.
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