Editorial: PlayStation Launch Day Dances

Welcome, to week three of the most amazing (and only) five-week series of editorials that has ever graced Lusipurr.com. In just two weeks and a few days, the Nintendo Switch will have emerged from the depths of overpriced hell to curse all those around it. Last week was Xbox consoles, and this week will be about the fantastic consoles released under the name of PlayStation. First the worst, second the best, and third the one with a hairy chest? Huh. Well either way, it is time to start with Sony’s first console: the PlayStation.

And to think it formed Voltron back then, ah, the innovation.

The start of it all.

Released way back when in September of 1995 in North America, the PlayStation launched for $300 and went on to sell over 100 million units (including the PSone and as of 2007). Competing with the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Saturn, the PlayStation was the clear winner with an over 70 million unit lead on the Nintendo 64. The console itself launched with games like Rayman, Ridge Racer, and Battle Arena Toshinden, which took Sony acquiring some studios as well as making deals with arcade game developers like Namco as Sony did not have their own backlog of previously released arcade titles to port to their new console. The other notable thing about the PlayStation was that due to its success as a disc-based console, Sony led the way for other console developers to follow suit by taking the Nintendo 64 into a dark alley and shooting it point blank in the head. This success also led to the the PlayStation 2, the best selling video game console of all time.

Like a heart attack.

Small, but powerful.

The PlayStation 2 (Electric Boogaloo) was released in October of 2000 in North America for the same launch price of $300, and the console went on to sell over 155 million units worldwide. This success can be attributed to a number of factors including backwards compatibility with the previous PlayStation console, numerous revisions and improvements to the hardware, and a ridiculous amount of PlayStation 2 exclusive titles that did tremendously well. Speaking of titles, the PlayStation 2 launched with titles including Dead or Alive 2, TimeSplitters and Tekken Tag Tournament. In total, almost 4,000 different games were released on the PlayStation 2 along with over 1.5 billion copies sold and the console went on to have a life of thirteen years. Sony really showed everyone else how to do a console right, and without the gimmicks of the Wii. The PlayStation 2 was just a really good console (and when the console dropped $100), a very affordable console, and a pretty darn powerful console too.

What a beautiful console. Love is finally real.

All the right curves, all the right places.

Next up is the PlayStation 3 (Electric Jubilee), which released in November of 2006 in North America for the price of $500 (or $600 for the 60GB model). The PlayStation 3 also marked the start of a couple new moves for Sony including the PlayStation Network, and the usage of Blu-Ray discs for the console. The console itself went on to sell about 85 million units in its lifetime as of 2016 reports despite a slow start (some people found $500-$600 to be a little much), putting it at about the same place as the Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3’s launch games included: Call of Duty 3, Resistance: Fall of Man and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Not to forget that at the time the PlayStation 3 was powerful to the point of 1,760 units being purchased by the Air Force Research Laboratory in order to build a supercomputer. Ultimately, the Playstation 3 was a success and led to the next PlayStation console which blessed the retail market.

Anyone who says otherwise is misinformed because Adeki totally owns a PS4.

Adeki DOES own one.

Last but certainly not least is the PlayStation 4 (Electric…Whore), which was released in November of 2013 for the price of $400. The PlayStation 4 was a drastic improvement over the PlayStation 3, more powerful, a redesigned controller, and more social features built into the console including streaming and remote play. The PlayStation 4 was also warmly received at launch since Sony allowed consumers to share their used games by physically handing them the game, an issue which does not seem like a problem now but had to be talked about thanks to Microsoft losing their minds for about a week or two. The PlayStation 4 was lucky enough to launch with games like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and one of the greatest games of all time, Knack. Stop laughing, Knack revolutionized the video game industry and surely its sequel, Knack 2 will do just the same.

“But what of the PlayStation 4 Pro?” you may ask, but probably will not. Well, the PlayStation 4 Pro will be covered in the last entry in this series of editorials on March 8th. Do you like Sony PlayStation consoles? Do you own one or have you played one? Or maybe you just do not like video games. Whatever it may be, make sure to leave a comment below and let us know what you think! (Bonus: Take a sip or shot every time the word PlayStation comes up, oh look, another one!)

4 Comments

  1. Dancing Matt
    Posted 2017.02.15 at 21:35 | Permalink

    I’ll tell you my story with PlayStations.

    I don’t remember knowing anything about the first PlayStation until Final Fantasy VII became a thing. At the time, if it wasn’t Nintendo or Sega, it was suspect, and not without good reason. In the mid-90’s, I saw the Philips CDi, Panasonic 3DO, and Atari Jaguar at electronics stores, and they were NOT impressive, so it was easy to lump Sony’s console in with the bunch. I had actually played my friend’s Sega CD (and 32X) as well, and with shit like Sewer Shark, it seemed like CD games were going down a bad path. Then FFVII blew the bullshit out of the water and ensured that, yes, this is where good games are going.

    So PS2 came out, and I didn’t even want it yet because there were still so many PS1 and especially RPGs to play through at the time (FFIX, Chrono Cross, Vagrant Story, Dragon Warrior VII), and really so much else that came out from that system that it would take years on a teenager’s allowance to get through. But my dad decided to get me a PS2 on his own accord, and at least it served as the only DVD player I had for years, but I had issues with it. Some of the earlier games like Onimusha and Zone Of The Enders were pretty good, and definitely had a different feel, but older games were still more fun. Then Final Fantasy X was a tremendous disappointment to me, and I felt done with new games.

    The last game I got at the time for PS2 was Castlevania – Lament Of Innocence, which was good and fun, and also seemed like a fitting end; Symphony Of The Night was so much better, actually everything before was so much better, and I spend some years focusing on things like college, work, and relationships, and my interest in gaming was all about catching up on things I had missed or not given enough chance in the first place. Also, something inside my PS2 broke then, so it would play DVDs and PS1 games, but no PS2.

    I won’t get into PS3 for now, but the lesson I’ve learned is definitely wait. There is so much from previous generations of consoles that is worth your time and attention. Video games now have such a large canon of great experiences, and while everything old is new again, a lot of the old stuff is still great and actually better. You can only play one game at a time, so is it going to be Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy XV? That’s why I have not yet felt compelled to buy a PS4, and will probably end up skipping this generation entirely.

    Can’t wait for next week’s article on Atari console launches!

  2. Adeki
    Posted 2017.02.17 at 01:07 | Permalink

    @Dancing Matt: You brought up an amazing point I failed to mention in this editorial! I should have totally talked about the other disc based consoles at the time because you’re completely right in that they gave discs a bad rep, and that FFVII is what got a lot of people to look at the Playstation. As for the PS2, I definitely came in pretty late as my only motivation was Kingdom Hearts and its sequel, but then I was able to pick up some other really good games for it like Katamari Damacy and the Mega Man X Collection. I totally agree with you on the waiting too, I got a Wii U a couple months after launch and look what good that got me! I’m not saying that I don’t like my Wii U, but I definitely didn’t have to get it so soon and I won’t be making the same mistake with the Switch (wake me up when it comes with a game). There’s still so many PS2 games I haven’t played yet, like Final Fantasy X in fact!

    As for Atari consoles launches, I didn’t even think about doing them but I am certainly not opposed, especially because it’s one less editorial I have to brainstorm. Next week’s editorial is going to be about Nintendo launches, which is going to be a long one, but I think now I’m going to get rid of that one week break and have Atari console launches after Nintendo’s editorial and before all the recent consoles. But now I have to change the previous editorials to say six weeks instead. :P

  3. Dancing Matt
    Posted 2017.02.17 at 07:37 | Permalink

    @Adeki (although I’m obiously not replying to anyone else): I was kidding about Atari, go ahead with your schedule. They could make an interesting article eventually, though.
    -There are so many games available on PS3, including the PS1 and PS2 classics, that it could last you a very long time.
    -Regarding waiting until a system comes bundled with a game, at least Nintendo consoles will eventually come with a game that’s really good. Now the PS4 is pretty cheap, but you have to buy it with an Uncharted or Call Of Duty game. Don’t give a shit! Actually, it’s even cheaper if you can sell ’em! But Switch should come with some dumb mini-game compilation that no one would want to buy as itself for now, or release all the games on the NES Mini as a stand-alone title for the system.

  4. Adeki
    Posted 2017.02.20 at 01:19 | Permalink

    @Dancing Matt: It’s too late. You get Atari now. IT’S ON YOU NOW.

    Also, the idea of having all the NES Mini games as a stand-alone title for the system would be GREAT for $40. Overpriced? Considering how old some of those games are, kinda yeah. But, it would probably do REALLY well to have 30 NES classic titles available at launch and a bunch of people would buy that package instead of the NES mini itself. As for the PS4, mine came with Uncharted 4 and boy has that “game” been interested. I feel like I would’ve been better off playing a Call of Duty game.

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