From the moment Sony released its first PlayStation, gaming as we knew it was changed forever. The games were 32-bit and still pixelized, but something about them were different.
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Before the PlayStation arrived, the console wars saw the defeat of Atari to gaming giant Nintendo and then-competitive Sega. Cartridges were the name of the game, and nobody thought CDs could do the job. But they did.
The revolution was both technological and cultural. Everything ran smoother. Games were exponentially bigger. Entire 3-D open worlds were built wherein characters could walk around and explore as though they were really there. Sure, today this sounds ordinary. But back then, it was almost unheard of in the console biz.
Many software companies experienced massive increases in revenue due to the popularity of the PlayStation. Square Enix (Squaresoft back then) came out with numerous titles along with their flagship Final Fantasy series. Capcom and Konami had their share of critical victories as well. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the vehicle that was the PlayStation.
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Today, decades after its release, the influence of the PlayStation can be seen all around us. Sony has released three more advanced PlayStations. Microsoft has come out with their X-Boxes. And Nintendo, not to be outdone, has released more innovative, albeit more wholesome titles.