PlayStation, a name that has its place in the history of video games. Would you like to have it in your pocket? To play!
Sony, a company that took advantage of the "war" between Nintendo and SEGA to sneak into the console universe. 23 years later, not only was a gap made, but it is one of the references in the sector. With permission from Microsoft and Nintendo, everything is said.
This is Sony's first console, leaving aside the experiment that was with Nintendo. A console that offered 3D graphics, CD’s reader – a novelty at the time – and an affordable development platform.
So let's put the date of December 3, 1994 in our DeLorean and go to the country of the rising sun. That day Sony launched to the world, although at that time only to the Japanese market, its commitment in the world of video games.
We will collect all the necessary data and bring it to you so that you can enjoy this mythical console in your pockets. Are you ready?
Sony PlayStation, a little history
We are in the fifth generation of consoles. A time of transition between the use of the cartridge, although Nintendo would continue to use it, which would happen to the use of the CD. It was not the first to use it, but it was the one with the greatest acceptance.
First it was launched on December 3, 1994 in Japan, having to wait almost a year to enjoy it both in the United States – September 9, 1995 – and in Europe – September 29, 1995.
Everything was not a path of roses for the Japanese company, since after his small idyll with Nintendo Sony was not convinced to enter the world of video games. Thanks to Ken Kutaragi's insistence, the company continued the project that led to the first, original and gray PlayStation. These are its specifications:
- CPU R3000A, 32-bit RISC architecture at 33Mhz.
- Geometry Transfer Engine which develops 66 MIPS.
- Data Decompression Engine that develops 80 MIPS.
- Sony Sound Processing Unit 16 bit | 44.1 KHz
- Memory 2MB RAM | 1MB video | 512Kb sound.
- CD’s reader with a reading speed x2.
Their specifications today are laughing, but at the time they gave a lot of play. Today any device should not have problems emulating this machine. So let's see what we need.
Looking for a PlayStation emulator
Being a console that has been among us for two decades, its emulators have been developing for several years; so we will find works that emulate the Sony console almost 100% perfectly.
On the emulators there is a small catch, and they are all paid. There is no free alternative guarantee or offer the experience of our selected emulator. We talk about ePSXe, an emulator that has good stability, full of options and easy to use.
DualShock to have a complete experience
Who wants to enjoy the experience closest to using the real console logically should use a suitable device for it. We have a few options, although one of them is the 100% PlayStation experience.
- Touch screen controls: The emulator has on-screen buttons, something that is appreciated in those games where we only want to enjoy it for a while.
- Android Consoles: One more step to enjoy the experience is to use a device such as the GPD XD or the nVIDIA Shield TV. They are Android devices, but oriented to the enjoyment of games.
- Sony Dualshock: We do not speak exactly of the original controls of the PlayStation, but its most recent evolutions. Since the latest DualShock models incorporate Bluetooth, which facilitates the task of using them on Android.
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PlayStation, a name with a large library of games behind
We are facing one of the consoles that has a huge library of games. Great jewels of the current era began in our gray protagonist, so we have the fun guaranteed, whatever genre we like.
We are facing one of the sagas that came from the hand of the Sony console. For some its protagonist is the official «mascot» of PlayStation. A platform game, full of color and with a somewhat crazy story. A curious fact, he had his "cameo" in the Simpsons.
Metal gear solid
Believe it or not, this is the third installment of the saga, a game in which we will get into the skin of Solid Snake. One of the great games of our protagonist.
Belonging to the Legacy of Kain saga, this second installment was a success. If we take into account all the deliveries of the saga it was a best seller at the time. Its artistic design, a solid plot and its dynamic game were the basis of its impact.
Survival Horror, a genre that had a golden age, in which one of its bases was the Sony console. A saga that scares brought us, a well-made story and hours with the light turned off to our homes.
You talk about PlayStation is to talk about Gran Turismo, one of the sagas par excellence of the Sony console. A game full of circuits, cars and hours of fun. A saga that continues to this day.
Another of the mythical sagas that took us to a distant town to have a good time? A game that highlighted its setting, its terrifying story and the inclusion of various endings according to our game.
Final Fantasy VII
The arrival in Europe of this saga came from the hand of PlayStation. One of the most beloved games of the saga and which implores a remake at the height of today. We could say that they are the beginnings of the … cloud.
These are some examples of the large library of games available for this mythical console, you can find these games, and many more, on your favorite ROM page; as long as you have the original games, you know how this works. Honoring the PlayStation slogan: For you players.