Today is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Sony PlayStation in Japan. But that’s not the only event Sony is celebrating. They’ve received the Guinness World Record commemorating that PlayStation sold the most consoles ever.
The world record for Best-Selling Videogame Home Console Brand Ever was officially awarded during a ceremony in Tokyo, as reported by IGN. Since the PlayStation’s launch on December 3, 1994 the PlayStation brand has sold 450.19 million units. According to Guinness World Records’ website the record is based on VGChartz figures up to November 7, 2019.
The PlayStation revolution
The Sony PlayStation dominates the memories of many ‘90s gamers. It wasn’t the only disc-based home console, it wasn’t even the first, but it has maintained as an icon. PlayStation was home to jaw-dropping, cinematic visuals that you couldn’t get anywhere else. You could have experiences that were unlike anything else on home consoles before with titles like Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil 2.
The CD gave developers space to add an unprecedented amount of game data far and above restrictive, cartridge based systems. Sure, with cartridges you could save your game file straight to the cartridge. And with PlayStation you had to buy a not inexpensive memory card to save your games. However the trade off was more than worth it.
The PlayStation was also the birth of the DualShock controller. This iconic controller added built-in vibration feedback along with dual analog sticks taken from its predecessor the Dual Analog Controller. Beginning as a peripheral sold separately the DualShock eventually became the bundled controller with the PlayStation. It has continued with each subsequent iteration of the PlayStation brand.
The future for PlayStation
While looking back at where PlayStation began we’re also looking ahead to where they’re going with PlayStation 5. Will they remain the most sellingest home videogame console? Will Nintendo overtake them one day? We can only wait and see.
P.S. By the way if you were wondering, within PlayStation’s world record Guinness states that Nintendo is the best-selling videogame home console brand ever. We did the math and according to VGChartz Nintendo has sold 324.29 million home consoles.
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