PlayStation 1 has become the most enjoyable and scintillating form of video game entertainment today. Spending time and having fun with friends and family members is not complete without the PlayStation 1 video game console back in the mid 1990’s to add to the merriment. In the past, most video games were slow and provided little to no entertainment value at all. The PlayStation 1 designs for video games at that time focused on creating a video display using interactive visuals. Over the years, the designs for video games have been completely transformed. Today, PlayStation – a series of video game consoles that was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment – now contain four home consoles, a media center, controllers, two handhelds, multiple magazines, and an online service. No doubt, the emergence of the PlayStation 1 video game console has changed the way of entertainment among video gamers world wide, especially among the younger generation of video gamers. Would you like to know more about this fantastic video game? Let us look at its background and its development first.
Background of The PlayStation 1 Video Game Console
The PlayStation 1 video game console was created by Sony Computer Entertainment and the Japanese company introduced the first of the PlayStation video game console series in 1994 when it launched the original PlayStation console – PlayStation 1 in Japan. This first PlayStation gained widespread acceptance and sold well over 100 million units in the first few years. The success of the PlayStation 1 video game console spurred the developer to come up with another video game console that will be the sequel to its predecessor. By the year 2000, some nine years after the first PlayStation video game console was released, the PlayStation 2 became its successor. And what a big hit it was! PlayStation 2 was by far, the best-selling home video game console to date for the mere fact that it reached over 155 million in unit sales within two years upon its release. This console was able to achieve that feat because of the extra care that Sony used to develop a game that people will be happy with and will fulfill the need for maximum relaxation for video gamers. And for 6 years, PlayStation 2 ruled supreme in many homes. There were pockets of challenges, but they were not enough to prevent the release of Sony’s next console, the PlayStation 3 in 2006. This version is another blockbuster that sold nearly 100 million by 2013. It must be noted that the volume of sales was lower in the first 2 years when comparing with previous consoles.
By 2013 Sony Computer Entertainment released the PlayStation 4 that sold over 1 million consoles within one day. Awesome! This went into record as the fastest selling video game console in history with the prospect of selling more in the days ahead. PS4 has some new applications and services that are found with the other PlayStation video game console series. Sony introduced the PlayStation App into PS4, allowing PS4 users to turn Smartphones and tablets into alternative second screen in order to enhance gameplay. These features make PlayStation 4 more appealing.
Hardware Problems Associating with the PlayStation 1 Video Game Console
The early units of the PlayStation 1 video game console, particularly the early 100x models, had some hardware fault that gamers around the world experienced. Some physical noises coming from PlayStation units and skipping full-motion video were some of the hardware problems encountered. Under close examination, it was revealed that the problem came from poorly placed vents leading to overheating in some environments. The reason alluded to this overheating was the plastic moldings inside the PlayStation 1 video game console. In order to solve this problem, the company advised that gamers should ensure that the PlayStation 1 video game console sits on a surface which dissolves heat efficiently. It should also be placed in a well ventilated area.
PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 3 Video Game Console Controllers
Over the years, various controllers have been developed with PlayStation 1 video game console for gameplay. Let us examine those developed so far.
- Analog Controller: In 1994, the PlayStation analog control pad was released along with the PlayStation 1 console. It featured a D-pad basic design, 4 main select buttons, and start button on the face of the controller. It also includes shoulder buttons on the top (L1, L2, R1, R2). By 1996, Sony had developed and released the PlayStation 1 Analog Joystick for use with flight simulation video games. Thus, the first digital controller was succeeded by the Dual Analog in 1997. This latest one included two analog sticks based on the same potentiometer technology as the Analog Joystick.
- DualShock Series and Sixaxis: This controller was part of the PlayStation 1 video game console that was released in 1998. This DualShock controller thus succeeded its predecessor, the Dual Analog, and would go on to become the longest running series of controllers for the PlayStation 1 video game console before a new one came to the forefront. The DualShock controller featured Triangle, Cross, Square, Circle, L1, L2, R1, R2, Start, D-pad, and Select buttons. The PlayStation 1 DualShock also featured two analog sticks that resembled the previous Dual Analog controller. The PlayStation 1 DualShock controller could also be depressed to activate the L3 and R3 buttons as the previous one. By the time PlayStation 3 was released, Sixaxis and DualShock 3 controllers were also developed to enhance game play. Sixaxis is a PlayStation button that had the incorporated PS logo and somewhat similar in function to the Xbox 360 Guide button.
- PlayStation Move: PlayStation Move is a motion-sensing game controller which was released in 2009. It was created specifically for the PlayStation 3 video game console by Sony Computer Entertainment. PlayStation Move is based on the handheld motion controller wand and uses eye webcam technology to track the wand’s position and the inertial sensors in the wand in order to detect its movements.
Models of the PlayStation 1 Video Game Console
Over the years, a number of models were developed for the PlayStation 1 video game console, each accompanied by a change in the part number. However, the most notable change was the gradual reduction in the number of external connectors from the back of the unit developed for various countries such as the Japanese and U.S. units.
No doubt, the PlayStation 1 video game console has contributed a lot to the entertainment world in terms of revolutionary video gaming and Sony’s PlayStation video game console series will continue to do so in the coming years and even decades to come for video gamers around the world.
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