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News video games 03 December 2019, 12:37

author: Bart Swiatek

Sony's Playstation Celebrates is 25th Anniversary

The PlayStation brand celebrates its 25th birthday today. Sony's first console appeared on the market on December 3, 1994. The CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, wrote a special note to fans on this occasion, in which he reminniscenes on the past and thanks for the community's support.

PlayStation is now 25 years old.

The PlayStation brand celebrates its 25th birthday today. On the occasion of the anniversary, Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, wrote a special note for the fans, which was published on the official blog. The message tells about the beginnings of Sony's first console, which was launched on the market on December 3, 1994.

"On December 3, 1994 – 25 years ago this week – the first PlayStation made its global debut in Japan. Starting from a humble beginning as an upstart within Sony, Ken Kutaragi and team delivered on a vision to elevate video games as a form of entertainment that everyone could enjoy, and to make a platform for game developers to express their creativity. The original PlayStation sold 100,000 units in Japan on its first day and went on to become the first-ever home console to surpass 100 million units sold globally."

We struck a chord with the gaming community because PlayStation offered experiences beyond what anyone could ever imagine was possible with a home console. From the very start, we opened our arms to developers, providing them with the tools and technology to create beautiful, expansive worlds, and to experiment with new ideas. That approach led to the diversity of games PlayStation is known for, a true hallmark for our brand across multiple generations of hardware platforms.

Over the past 25 years, PlayStation has stood at the forefront of gaming, and I’m honored to have been a part of the team since the early days. As I was helping set up the business in Europe, I remember having to start from scratch with many things, from hiring employees to ordering furniture. Back then, we focused on catering to local markets to ensure that a gamer in Poland would feel a part of the broader PlayStation community just as much as someone in the UK, or Japan, or the U.S. Supported by passionate fans all around the world, our business has grown significantly and our focus on community is more important than ever.

It’s truly humbling to see fans who grew up on PlayStation passing down their love of gaming to their children, who are now playing on PS4.

On behalf of all of us at PlayStation – thank you for taking this journey with us. We can’t wait to celebrate what comes next with you!

The entry also contains information that suggests that in the coming days the blog and the company's social media accounts should be closely monitored in connection with the anniversary celebrations. Maybe the Japanese are planning some competitions or special attractions? All that remains for us to do is to wait for further reports. And what are your memories of the first PlayStation?

  1. PlayStation - official website