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Celebrating 25 Years of Play

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Celebrating 25 Years of Play

Join us all week at PS Blog and on our social channels for a series of celebrations.

On 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. The original PlayStation sold 100,000 units in Japan on its first day and went on to become the first-ever home console to surpass 100 million units sold globally.

We struck a chord with the gaming community because PlayStation offered experiences beyond what anyone could ever imagine was possible with a home console. From the very start, we opened our arms to developers, providing them with the tools and technology to create beautiful, expansive worlds, and to experiment with new ideas. That approach led to the diversity of games PlayStation is known for, a true hallmark for our brand across multiple generations of hardware platforms.

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. As I was helping set up the business in Europe, I remember having to start from scratch with many things, from hiring employees to ordering furniture. Back then, we focused on catering to local markets to ensure that a gamer in Poland would feel a part of the broader PlayStation community just as much as someone in the UK, or Japan, or the U.S. Supported by passionate fans all around the world, our business has grown significantly and our focus on community is more important than ever.

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.

On behalf of all of us at PlayStation – thank you for taking this journey with us. We can’t wait to celebrate what comes next with you!

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127 Comments

  • Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us over the next 25 years.

    Congrats! so far and thank you.

  • Thank you guys for 25 years of amazing gaming experience!

    • The vision of Ken Kutaragi lives on. Game On PlayStation! Gambatte!

    • Uncensor Japanese games please. You are hurting the diversity and brand you prided yourself in as stated article.

    • @Rob5BKNY

      They are only censoring games that have 12 year old anime girls that are half naked. If you want to see that then there is material out there for you.

    • Amitlabroo007

      PlayStation plsdon’t ever stop making single player games

    • @Rob5BKNY….way to keep it positive! ANYWAYS!!! Thank you Sony! im have too be a part of all the launches so far and will be there for the ps5 launch as well!

    • @MAXTHUNDER

      DMC5 was censored as well on PS4 and I don’t consider Trish to be a 12 year old or an anime girl.

    • @Chefquina That’s why they uncensored her with an update. This is the initial statement that SONY made “The company is particularly concerned about being associated with Japanese titles that feature sexualized images of underage girls.” and if you’re against that than you need to check your moral fibres. It’s kinda sad you cannot enjoy a game unless it has 12 year old girls baring their assets.

  • ElderlyGoose

    Here’s to another 25 years of open and collective experiences in video games :D
    More Cross-Play and fun!

  • Happy Anniversary PlayStation.

    I hope there’s an anniversary theme released.

  • Epic_Artanis

    Happy anniversary,
    And we’re looking forward to success
    I’m so glad being with playstation comunity

    Best regards.

  • Malice-Flare

    congrats! here’s to not just 25 more years of enjoyable entertainment…

  • PS1, PS2, and PS3 on PS5 confirmed?

  • Hopefully we get socom announced as a 25th anniversary gift

  • barkerthedon

    A big thank you for 25 years of fabulous gaming and here’s to another 25 thank you PlayStation

    • Hopefully y’all announce full backwards compatibility for ps5. That would be a game changer and a further incentiveto buy the ps5.

  • Thank You PlayStation i can’t wait until next year! 2020 will be the End of the PS4 Era with amazing Exclusives like The Last of Us Part II & Ghost of Tsushima and the Beginning of the PS5 Era!

  • Been here since day one loved every minute can’t wait to see where the future takes us great job Sony

  • Thank you for those 25 years of amazing gaming experience.

  • Thank you for the 25 years. I’ve been playing PlayStation since the year it came out. You guys have taking me to worlds I didn’t know it even existed. PlayStation brought me close to both of my son’s in which we were able to have a great Father and son’s relationship. During hard or bad days I would come home turn on the PlayStation and get lost in a different world. Thank you again.

  • Premier_Class

    It’s truly amazing to see how Sony and PlayStation have grown with it’s gamers over the past 25 years. Your commitment to us has created an incredible community, and produced consoles and games that are truly for the players. This is a great milestone, but I think the future is even brighter, keep making great experiences we’ll all share it together.

  • Happy Anniversary!! May you have many successful decades ahead!

  • BettyBlueGT

    How about you “celebrate” with some good Cyber Monday and December sales and some backwards compatibility?

  • rafael_martines

    Happy 25th PlayStation,

    I love PS Family, but is quite fun some roles reversal today, with SONY censorship games like Senran Kagura and Nintendo, the same company that put put “white blood” on the first version of Mortal Kombat, doesn’t censorship it.

    • Bro, if you wanna stare at & grope the underage characters, you’re free to do that elsewhere. Me? I’m glad a line’s being drawn about it.

  • ARKofWAR321

    Still remeber when i got my ps1 for xmas 20 somthn years ago . had final fantasy 7 8 jade cacoon and many many more games …….. plz do a jade cacoon remake hahaha

    • In the U.S. Crave and Ubisoft published Jade Cocoon games so I don’t think Sony had anything to do with them. Maybe you’ll get another one day since the developer, Genki, is still in business. Not too sure what games it makes these days but its website gives me the impression it still develops Tokyo Xtreme racing games.

  • Congrats to playstation and thanks for the good memory, I can’t for ps5 :)

  • elementsk8er13

    Thank you Sony, for the last 25 years of amazing moments in Gaming and Technology!

    Been here since the start and will be forever

  • KingofSaiyanZ

    Here’s to 25 more years!

  • BlindArchangel

    I’ve been a Playstation gamer since the beginning, and I cant wait to see what you have in store for us for the next 25yrs!

  • Happy anniversary Playstation!

  • The best is yet to come (^_^)

  • Roll that BEAUTIFUL! PS5 footage!!!

    • AmericanSamurai1

      Been a great 25 years. I got my ps1 in 97, ps2 in 2001, psp at launch, PS3 at launch, ps4 in 2015, and Vita in 2017. Can’t wait for ps5, my PS4 is hanging on by a thread disc drive gave out so been buying digital. Here’s hoping it lasts until ps5 lol.

  • princegroove

    Keep making history with awesome games and hardware, PlayStation.
    I’m really hoping that there’ll be a limited edition PS4 Pro tomorrow, please.
    Thanks!

  • Jakarter-2020

    Happy Anniversary PlayStation.!
    and thank you for years of fun gaming. :-)

  • MoneyMaker110

    To many more

    • GaMeR_bOi_83

      Here’s to a other 25 years mate!!! Cheers!!! Now let us know when we can pre-order the PS5 along release day.

  • Crazy to think of it this way, but as a gamer of 34 I look forward to then next 25 years of PlayStation gaming. I may be 59 years old but i will beat arthritis before I let it take away my video games.

    • princegroove

      Same here, I have about 1,000 games from the original PlayStation to the PS4. That’ll keep me busy whenever I get to retirement age. LOl

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation! Best Console Ever!

  • 25 years and yet it’s still just yesterday with the PS1 and the early days of MGS and Resident Evil and other masterpieces and I can’t ever get enough..!

  • Happy anniversary playstation….thank you so much for all the great games you given to us over these years…looking forward to whatever comes next…playstation forever

  • PatronusDraconis

    Happy Aniversary PlayStation!

  • Lets hope we can improve the ps console in the future with 25 years under the belt. Better controllers where the rubber on the joystick doesnt disenegrate over time. Bigger space on the actually console 3 or 4 tb. Overall sonys exclusives seem to be the best and unique.

  • PlugoOfficial

    Thank You Sony #PlayStation

  • I started on a PS1 now I’m on a PS4. I can’t wait to see what PS5 is like. I’m looking forward to playing a more advanced unit.

  • Thank you very much for 25 years! Playstation has been a big part of my life. From good times and bad times…this system always came through for me. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t had me some Playstation in my life. Can’t wait for the PS5! I can only imagine what you guys have in store for all of us. Keep up the great work.

  • phoenix3lucky777

    I hop its ture the ps5 can play ps1,ps2,ps3 and ps4. Cant wait to see what yhe ps5 to look like wen it gets revealed to the world!!!!^_^

    • If the PS5 is backward compatible with all previous generations, I have no doubt that it will dominate the market and become the best selling console ever. Even better if it renders backward compatible games at higher resolution and enhances the graphics the way that PC emulators already do.

  • Looking forward to PS5 and PSVR2. My wishlist for PSVR2: 4k screen resolution, inside-out tracking cameras so no external cameras are required, ability to convert non-VR games to stereoscopic 3D (I mean, come on. If TriDef can do it for PC games, there’s no reason you can’t do the same).

  • I’ve been with PlayStation since the original launched back in 94’, its cool to see how much the games have come along from the graphics to the sound and game story lines etc….I’m very excited for PS5 and awaiting for preorders to start so I can put mine in ASAP, i’m really hoping and praying that it’ll be confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with the PS4, PS3, PS2 and PS1…..most importantly for PS2 because this will mean all football game fans can enjoy NFL2K5 again.

    • I’m hoping I can play all those great JRPGs that were on the PS2. I’d love to be able to play Tales of the Abyss, Tales of Legendia, Dragon Quest V & VIII, Ar Tonelico, etc.

  • I remember receiving the PlayStation for Christmas of ‘94. It was a curious gift as I was never expecting a video game console nor was I familiar with video games. I was 7 years old and I have been a PlayStation kid ever since. It definitely shaped my childhood in a way that left great memories and I have a vivid memory for each PlayStation console that has released since then. Congratulations on 25 years of play! I’m excited for the PS5 and for the future of PlayStation. Thanks for all the awesome experiences!

  • Dang, it’s crazy that the console I grew up with debuted on the same day I was born. Glad it was a part of my life though the years.

  • Snake_On_Bagels

    i loved all the memorys i had with playstation it’s basically a friend to me

  • Gunhunter_606

    Got the first ps system when it came out have all ps system but my ps4 died said day so I am waiting for your ps5

  • MeNeedaBonghit

    I just want to say thank you, playstation you saved my life. If it wasn’t for you I probably wouldn’t be alive today, you gave me an amazing escape from the horrible childhood that I had. From the single mother that sold drugs to make ends meet you gave me a place to forget what was going on. I am now 29 with a loving wife and two amazing sons. While we may not have everything we have each other, and we have you to bring us together. I wouldn’t have any of that without the experience you gave me. From air combat to borderlands 3 and everything in between. Now time for this father to play some Lego marvel with his boys.

    Thank you for everything.
    Happy 25 anniversary.

    David L. Huffman Jr.

    • TactikalKitty

      So glad to hear this! Glad that gaming helped you through some dark and difficult times and that it now brings you joy being able to game with your children. I too game with my kids and it’s so much better sometimes just doing that. Everyone having fun.

  • acevandestadt

    Congratulations and have many more milestones for the next 25!

  • Congrats on 25 years and hoping for 25+ more! The Phat PS3 was my first Playstation and I’ve never looked back. Thank you!

  • I waited outside the doors for ps1. Now my 5y/o son is playing god of war. Thank you sony!

  • TactikalKitty

    I remember when my Dad rented a PlayStation from Blockbuster. Yes that used to be a thing. We played crash bandicoot and were amazed at it. We eventually got one and I spent many hours playing Gran Turismo 1+2 with my Dad and eventually spending years playing Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec with my Brother on PS2. Splinter Cell series on PS3, and now everything wonderful the PS4 has to offer….

  • Memories, I started with PS1, then PS2, then PSP, then PS3, then PSVita and now PS4, thank you for all the adventures, Happy Anniversary!!!

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