On September 9th, 1995 Sony created what can arguably be one of the largest disruptions in the video game industry. Prior to the release of the PlayStation system, it was always Sega versus Nintendo with everyone else trailing behind. Due to failed negotiations between both major companies and Sony, the PlayStation was born. Launching at a full $100.00 less than the Sega Saturn, the PlayStation quickly became a household name. Selling over 102 million units of the original system worldwide, the PlayStation brand continues to be a success even today.
Some of my favorite games of all time were released on this system, including Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo, and Alundra. Sony focused on having publishers utilize the disc-based format to create 3-D masterpieces such as Final Fantasy VII and Crash Bandicoot. Luckily, Sony has recognized that these games are still very popular, allowing original Playstation games to be played on a Playstation 3 system and available for download as part of their "PlayStation Classics" series on their PlayStation Network. It's also easy to find most of these discs at independent game stores, at garage sales and flea markets.
Sony realizes that the nostalgia for their original system is still present, and has decided to honor this anniversary. Last December, Sony released a PlayStation 4 retro-themed anniversary console that sold out in minutes. While this anniversary edition is no longer being produced, there are other anniversary accessories still available. Sony is currently running a PlayStation Anniversary sale where dozens of titles are up to 70% off. Not as many classic titles are on sale as I would like, but it is a start. Hopefully Sony will continue to recognize the demand for older PlayStation titles and make them available to play on the PS4. One thing is for sure, the PlayStation brand is not going away any time soon.