25 years since the release of PlayStation 18th December
Sony's home video game console “PlayStation” has celebrated its 25th anniversary since its launch in 1994, and a commemorative event was held.
PlayStation was released on December 3, 1994, and now PlayStation 4 is sold in more than 120 countries and regions around the world.
On the 3rd, an event commemorating the 25th anniversary was held in Tokyo, and the cumulative sales of the series totaled 45.19 million, and it was certified as a Guinness World Record as the most sold stationary game machine ever sold. It was announced.
And then, Ken Kumaki, a former Sony executive who is called “the creator of PlayStation”, took the stage, “Thanks to the users all over the world who have enjoyed the game for a long time. I said.
Technology Evolution 25 years of PlayStation
Sony's home video game console “PlayStation” was first launched in 1994, 25 years ago.
Four years after the launch of Nintendo's “Super Nintendo”, it was characterized by the adoption of CD-ROM as the media for recording game software and the high performance of 3D graphics. Incorporated popular game series such as “Final Fantasy” and “Dragon Quest” to increase market share.
“PlayStation 2” released in 2000, developed a semiconductor that performs advanced image processing together with Toshiba to enhance its expressive ability, and also supports online games via the Internet.
In 2006, “PlayStation 3” with high-definition image quality was released.
In “PlayStation 4”, which appeared in 2013, the network function has been enhanced, such as being able to post videos during the game to SNS.
PlayStation 5 Scheduled to be released at the end of next year
The next-generation PlayStation 5 is scheduled to be released at the end of the year next year, and supports high-definition 8K image quality. In addition, a new vibration function has been incorporated into the controller, enabling a wider variety of reactions. It is supposed to be felt in.
Home game consoles New competition
On the other hand, in the game market, the market for smartphones is growing, and new competition is happening, such as the US Google has entered a streaming distribution that does not require a dedicated game machine last month. Attention is being paid to how this will affect future sales.
Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan said, “New entrants are welcome because the industry is exciting. PlayStation is loved by many people, and the importance of hardware is unquestionable,” said future growth. Showed confidence.
In addition, although PlayStation is produced in China and other countries, the US government has high tariffs on game machines imported from China to the United States on the 15th of this month as trade friction between the United States and China increases. In June, Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, which are regularly rivaled, requested that they be excluded from the target items under joint names.