It’s hard to remember a time before the PlayStation, but apparently there once was, and it was a whopping 25 years and one day ago. Yes, the internet has been fervently celebrating PlayStation’s 25th anniversary, with players, developers and even Sony themselves sharing their love for the brand.
In a blog post, the President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, shared his appreciation not just for the company, but – in typical PlayStation fashion – for the players.
Ryan writes: “In December 3, 1994 – 25 years ago this week – the first PlayStation made its global debut in Japan. Starting from a humble beginning as an upstart within Sony, Ken Kutaragi and team delivered on a vision to elevate video games as a form of entertainment that everyone could enjoy, and to make a platform for game developers to express their creativity.”
He went on to add: “Over the past 25 years, PlayStation has stood at the forefront of gaming, and I’m honored to have been a part of the team since the early days…It’s truly humbling to see fans who grew up on PlayStation passing down their love of gaming to their children, who are now playing on PS4.”
Over on Twitter, the official PlayStation account also used the celebrations to announce a very special Guinness World Record-breaking win. The company is officially the best-selling home video game console brand ever, with over 450 million units sold across the generations. Wowsers.
As for the players…well, we’re just glad for the memories.
Even God of War director Cory Barlog tweeted to mark the occasion, writing: “From the first moment I booted up the free demo disk stuck to the cover of PlayStation Magazine + marveled at the brilliance of Tony Hawks Pro Skater – I WAS HOOKED!
“Thanks for the fun, memories + incredible opportunity to create with awesome people.”
With the PlayStation 5 due to launch next year, things have never looked bigger or brighter for Sony. Thanks for everything you do!
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