It was exactly 20 years ago today that Sony dove head-first into the gaming industry with its PlayStation console.
Purists will be quick to point out that the PlayStation technically debuted on December 3, 1994 in Japan; it wasn’t until September 9, 1995, that the console made its way across the Pacific for a North American launch.
If you recall, Sony acknowledged the “true” 20th anniversary late last year with a limited edition, retro-themed PlayStation 4. Sony only produced 12,300 units globally, all of which were spoken for in the blink of an eye. Those who missed the boat have had to resort to third-party platforms like eBay where the throwback console regularly fetches $1,000+.
Sony’s PlayStation has a storied history that’s been well-documented over the years. The result of a failed partnership between Sony and Nintendo, the PlayStation found early success in Japan where more than two million units were sold in the first six months. The system found immediate success in the US as well, arriving just at the end of the Super Nintendo’s extended life cycle and a year before the N64 dropped.
To celebrate its US release, Sony will soon be inviting fans to vote on what they believe is the greatest PlayStation game of all-time. The company has also published a 20th Anniversary SHAREfactory theme that’s available free of charge on the PlayStation Store for users in North America.
We’re just as curious as Sony on the matter. What do you believe is the best PlayStation game ever? For me, it’d have to be the original Twisted Metal. Chime in with your favorite in the comments section below!