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The story behind Sony’s PlayStation is a fascinating and dramatic one. Would you have ever guessed that the PlayStation began as a joint venture between Nintendo and Sony? That’s right. The console that would solidify Sony as a gaming giant shouldn’t have even existed.

Back in the days of the SNES, Nintendo was interested in using the brand new CD technology of the time to enhance its console. They wanted to create a CD add-on for the SNES, similar to the Sega Genesis’s Sega CD, which it was competing against. Nintendo approached Sony for helping creating such an add-on, and Sony agreed.

However, on the day of the Consumer Electronic Show in 1991 when Nintendo was meant to announce the SNES-CD, they instead announced they had cancelled their partnership with Sony and were instead partnering with Phillips (though no SNES CD add-on would ever see the light of day). At this very same CES, Sony had announced their new “Play Station” console that was compatible with SNES games, but following Nintendo’s surprise announcement, Sony backed out of the project.

Sony then went to Sega, Nintendo’s main competitor, to try and work out a deal for a standalone console, but Sega turned them down. Rejected by both major gaming companies, Sony set out to create its own game console — and it succeeded hugely. Dropping the space from the name to avoid legal repercussions from Nintendo, the new PlayStation would go on to blow the Sega Saturn out of the water and even greatly outsell the Nintendo 64. It first went on sale in Japan at the end of 1994 and reached North America and Europe by September of 1995.

This newcomer to the gaming industry surprised everyone. Sony was already entering a crowded market, competing against the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, the Atari Jaguar, the Sega Saturn, and eventually the Nintendo 64. It had the advantage of hitting the scene two years earlier than the N64 in Japan and one year earlier in North America, but it was a 32-bit console up against Nintendo’s 64-bit console.

Still, the PlayStation proved that it could handle its own with incredible 3D games that amazed gamers at the time. Games like Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie, Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy, Rayman, and Spyro the Dragon cemented the PlayStation as a revolutionary console that gamers loved.

Its controller took on the form that would come to define modern gaming controllers. Past controllers were essentially plastic rectangles with different button configurations, but the original PlayStation controller added thick handles and two more shoulder buttons — a staple of modern gaming controllers. They also opted to use shapes for their buttons (an X, circle, triangle, and square) rather than letters, a departure from its competitors that would come to symbolize the PlayStation brand.

The original PlayStation controller, however, was phased out surprisingly soon and replaced by the Dual Analog Controller in mid-1997, which was subsequently replaced by the DualShock in late 1997 in Japan and early 1998 in North America. The DualShock had several improvements that made it substantially better than the original controller: it had two analog sticks for better directional movement, it had two more buttons (L3 and R3) that were activated by clicking the analog sticks, and it had two rumble motors that allowed for fantastic feedback. The DualShock brand and style would go on to become so popular that Sony still uses it today, and it has influenced controller design across the gaming industry.

Shortly after the release of the PlayStation successor, the PlayStation 2, Sony released a redesigned version of the original PlayStation called the PSOne that was slimmer, smaller, and white instead of grey.

Nowadays, the PlayStation is often referred to as the PS, PSOne, PS1, or PSX. It’s an extremely popular console to emulate since it was the first massively popular console to use CDs, which were easy to rip games files off of for PC emulation. As the best-selling console of its generation, the PlayStation has nestled its way into many people’s hearts, and the ability for those people to play their favorite console on their PC, smartphone, or tablet is mind-blowing.

As one of the most modern devices that is easy to emulate, the PlayStation offers relatively great graphics and a massive game library of unique hits. This is a console that will live on in emulators for many years to come.

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102 Dalmatians - Puppies To The Rescue [SLUS-01152] United States of America

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2Xtreme [SCUS-94508] United States of America

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6421
3D Baseball [SLUS-00066] United States of America

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6381
3Xtreme [SCUS-94231] United States of America

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5943
40 Winks [SLUS-00874] United States of America

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A-Train [SLUS-00003] United States of America

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6961
Ace Combat 2 [SLUS-00404] United States of America

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9173
Ace Combat 3 - Electrosphere [SLUS-00972] United States of America

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9680
Aces Of The Air [SLUS-01470] United States of America

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2096
Action Bass [SLUS-01248] United States of America

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Action Man - Operation Extreme [SLUS-00887] United States of America

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3810
Activision Classics [SLUS-00777] United States of America

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4299
Adidas Power Soccer '98 [SLUS-00547] United States of America

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Adidas Power Soccer [SCUS-94502] United States of America

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Adventure Of Phix [SLUS-01523] United States of America

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2212
Adventures Of Lomax [SCUS-94906] United States of America

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Agile Warrior F-111X [SLUS-00023] United States of America

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Air Combat [SLUS-00001] United States of America

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5113
Air Hockey [SLUS-01467] United States of America

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8173
Akuji - The Heartless [SLUS-00715] United States of America

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4985
Alexi Lalas International Soccer [SLUS-00872] United States of America

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1939
Alien Resurrection [SLUS-00633] United States of America

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3531
Alien Trilogy [SLUS-00007] United States of America

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All-Star Baseball [SLUS-00392] United States of America

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2640
All-Star Racing 2 [SLUS-01510] United States of America

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All-Star Racing [SLUS-01460] United States of America

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1163
All-Star Slammin' Dodgeball [SLUS-01431] United States of America

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717
Allied General [SLUS-00303] United States of America

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1023
Alone In The Dark - One Eyed Jack's Revenge [SLUS-00239] United States of America

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2806
Alone In The Dark - The New Nightmare [Disc1of2] [SLUS-01201] United States of America

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Alone In The Dark - The New Nightmare [Disc2of2] [SLUS-01377] United States of America

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2071
Alundra 2 - A New Legend Begins [SLUS-01017] United States of America

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2404
Alundra [SLUS-00553] United States of America

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2348
Amazing Virtual Sea Monkeys [SLUS-01475] United States of America

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540
American Pool [SLUS-01488] United States of America

(5.0/5 - votes)

1957
Andretti Racing [SLUS-00264] United States of America

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632
Animaniacs - Ten Pin Alley 2 [SLUS-00784] United States of America

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1217
Animorphs - Shattered Reality [SLUS-01010] United States of America

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902
Ape Escape [SCUS-94423] United States of America

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4335
Apocalypse [SLUS-00373] United States of America

(3.7/5 - votes)

2424
Aquanaut's Holiday [SCUS-94603] United States of America

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539
Arc The Lad Collection - Arc The Lad I [SLUS-01224] United States of America

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1209
Arc The Lad Collection - Arc The Lad II [SLUS-01252] United States of America

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1018
Arc The Lad Collection - Arc The Lad III [Disc1of2] [SLUS-01253] United States of America

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855
Arc The Lad Collection - Arc The Lad III [Disc2of2] [SLUS-01254] United States of America

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660
Arc The Lad Collection - Monster Tournament - Battle Arena [SLUS-01255] United States of America

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1097
Arc The Lad Collection, The Making Of [SLUS-01256] United States of America

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447
Arcade Party Pack [SLUS-00952] United States of America

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897
Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 1 [SLUS-00399] United States of America

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1866
Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2 [SLUS-00449] United States of America

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2108