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PlayStation is a gaming brand created and owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The original PlayStation home game console was launched in Japan on December 3, 1994. Along with the iconic "PS" logo, the four symbols on PlayStation's controller buttons (triangle, circle, X and square) have also been used as a company trademark. The PlayStation franchise encompasses four home video game consoles, two handheld consoles, a line of controllers, a media center, an online service, multiple magazines and even a smartphone. Sony's take on a virtual reality system, PlayStation VR, was released in 2016. Their subscription service PlayStation Now offers an ever-expanding library of instantly playable PS4 and PS3 games. Other digital media distribution services are also available through PlayStation, such as PlayStation Music, which is powered by Spotify, and PlayStation Video which offers TV shows and movies.

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PlayStation's origins date back to 1988 when Sony joined forces with Nintendo to create a CD-ROM drive for the Super NES. Using the same Super Disc technology as the SNES drive, Sony began development on what was to eventually become the PlayStation. Although the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Saturn were the king consoles at the time, Sony proved their worth when PlayStation became the first console to sell 120 million units worldwide. Additionally, Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation won numerous Game of the Year awards in 1997, only 3 years after the debut of the console.

Instead of adding to the market of cartridge games, PlayStation adopted the CD format to produce popular titles like Arc the Lad III, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo 2. PlayStation was the first to offer a memory card separate from the console, providing a much larger storage capacity. Even after the release of the PlayStation 2, Sony continued to produce software compatible with the original PlayStation, eventually creating a collection of over 4,000 titles.

PlayStation launched its second generation in 2000 with the concurrent release of PlayStation 1 (also referred to as PS1 or PS one) and PlayStation 2 (PS2). The PS1 was basically a smaller version of the original PlayStation while the PS2 boasted a totally new and sleek design. Just five years and nine months after its launch, the PS2 became the fastest game console to sell 100 million units. By this point, one in every five homes across Europe owned a PlayStation or PS2! Even though the design and technology of the game industry changes rapidly with every generation, PlayStation games hold a special place in the heart of fans. PlayStation Network (PSN) still offers nostalgic titles from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 that can be played on their newer consoles like the PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP) and PlayStation Vita.

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