The PlayStation Experience
A few months ago a friend entered my apartment to announce that
he has decided to perform a very important investment for our future
in entertainment. I remained calmly at my sit waiting for him to
continue and explain how lucky he was as he managed to find an incredible
deal over the internet for the newest version of PlayStation 2.
Frankly, I could not believe my ears. I have never played PlayStation
in the past and the last video game I have played with my friends
when I was still a kid, was an old version of Atari. I could not
grasp how someone over twenty-five would pay any amount to become
another of those inert players stack in front of their TV screens
for hours or even days. But the experience I had when PlayStation
2 entered the premises of my house was not exactly as the one I
PlayStation has proven to be an extremely fun and instructive gaming
experience. After the first couple of weeks I realized that when
someone knows how to keep a balanced life it is possible to spend
time exploring this unique gaming experience without the feeling
Produced by Sony Computer Entertainment, PlayStation 2 is the successor
of the original PlayStation console that has been a tremendous worldwide
success since its original introduction. By March 2005, the sales
margin of PlayStation surpassed the 100.49 million units, becoming
the first home console to ever reach the threshold of 100 million
Dated back to 1986, Nintendo was the first to attempt to work with
disk technology, but after encountering a number of problems Nintendo
decided to approach Sony in order for the second to come up with
a solution. Soon Sony recognizing the emerging video-gaming market
planned to initiate production of its own console, leading Nintendo's
management team to cancel all deals and form an alliance with Philips;
this time securing control over its licenses on the Philips developed
By the end of 1992, Sony and Nintendo reconciled their major differences
and Sony launched the first version of PlayStation in 1994 in Japan.
By September 1995, PlayStation was introduced to the USA, European
and Asian markets and its initial success was a prelude of its future
sales breakthrough challenge.
The extreme popularity of the PlayStation console introduced the
term "PlayStation Generation" and titles like Tomb Raider, Final
Fantasy, Resident Evil, Gran Turismo, and Silent Hill, have become
the favorite pastime games of millions of users worldwide.
Having enjoyed over eleven years of continuous videogame production,
Sony has announced that the next PlayStation generation, known as
PlayStation 3, or PS3, will be launched in November 2006 and will
also be a backward compatible device; meaning that it with be able
to play all the games that have already been released for the other
Although the genius creators of the PlayStation consoles argue
that the new version of this popular videogame will advance the
user's experience, I doubt that it will actually manage to have
the same success in the desired time frame.
A vast variety of other videogame competitors, including the powerful
Nintendo, have launched a number of games for their consoles, which
have increased users' expectations and have made them extremely
conscious regarding their next videogame choice.
But, I am sure that my friend and I will continue playing the PlayStation
games of our choice, like NBA 2K6 or Grand Theft Auto, as PlayStation
3 will be outside our budget for at least a while.
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