A Sony gaming console franchise that
began, really, with the Play Station console that
never made it to market. The first PlayStation that
the world knew, the PlayStation-X (or PSX), was released in Japan in December 1994. At the time, it was a particularly advanced console
in several ways, and its success
was guaranteed by the wide range of software secured for it by Sony
and the way it was marketed as something
that was 'cool' -- often blamed for the 'decline' of video games, by making them
a source of entertainment
for the public at large.
Since the initial launch of the Sony PlayStation, Sony have released a PlayStation 2, which used DVD
-ROM technology and had a look that was very different from
the original PlayStation. However, the PlayStation 2 is inferior
in graphical quality to the Nintendo Gamecube
and in power
, and its continued success was reliant on its status as the 'cool' gaming console, and also
on the range of high quality software secured for it by Sony.
In 2005, the PlayStation Portable, or PSP, was released. It marks Sony's first real foray
gaming, and supports a wide range of media -- including UMD movies and music. With incredible graphics and a widescreen display that
surpasses all other handhelds
in size, the PSP is an impressive piece of hardware. The Nintendo DS
(Dual Screen), its main contemporary rival, is currently leading the pair with
its innovative design. However, for 'hardcore' gamers, both are a must.
outraged at Sony's decision to release
the PSP months after
its Japanese and North American releases, in September 2005. This delay, justified as a shortage of units, and Sony's desire
to withhold their stock until the Japanese and American markets were
sated, compounded the feeling of neglect by big gaming companies of gamers in Europe.
Currently, Sony's next piece of hardware in the franchise, the PlayStation 3, which promises to be a powerful next-gen
console, is in development and due for release