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The PlayStation was by far the most popular console of its generation, and an enormous selection of titles were released for the format. If you’ve been hiding under a Saturn for the past two decades and want to get a first taste of the PlayStation, we’d recommend taking a look at Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid and Driver.

The Games

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People

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Thanks

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Major events

3 December 1994
Japanese release

9 September 1995
North American release

29 September 1995
European release

23 December 1998
Japanese release of the PocketStation

September 2000
PS one released

September 2005
Sony break the 100 million PlayStation and PSone sold milestone

March 2006
PSone production ends

Emulators

Mac OS X

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iOS

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OUYA/Android

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Features

PlayStation

33.87MHz 32-bit MIPS R3000A processor
2MB RAM, 1MB Video RAM, 512K Sound RAM
Double-speed CD-ROM drive (early PlayStations only had a single speed drive))

PlayStation Video CD

PlayStation with built-in support for playing VCDs
White, with ‘Video CD’ written in orange on the top right on the case
Extra video RAM and outputs
Released in South-East Asia only
Model number: SCPH-5903

Net Yaroze

Black PlayStation that came with development tools. Designed as a tool for home programmers and students.

PS one

Redesigned version of the PlayStation
Optional official Sony LCD screen

Development and De-Bug machines

Original PlayStation casing, but in green or blue
No region lock
Can read games from CD-R
Extra RAM to allow for debugging