5 Awesome Facts About Sony’s PlayStation One

Written by: Dan Lewis
Reading time: 5 mins
Last updated: June 18, 2021

The original PlayStation wasn't actually Sony’s sole brainchild. It was initially a partnership with Nintendo.

Sony PS1 Facts

Ah, the PlayStation, a serious shot of nostalgia for so many people across the world, including myself.

There were so many titles that swallowed much of my childhood.

And the option of 2-player was a savior with some games needing the second slot to even complete the game; we all hate to love you, Metal Gear Solid!

Harsh, I know, but it summarized what the PlayStation was to me, a mature console capable of spanning all age ranges from the likes of Spyro to Grand Theft Auto, and it captured their hearts without the need for super speed servers and online co-op.

Anyway, you’re here to find out 5 amazing facts about the PS1 that you probably didn’t know.

The PlayStation wasn’t all Sony’s idea!

The PlayStation wasn't all Sony's idea

The original PlayStation wasn’t actually Sony’s sole brainchild.

It was initially a partnership with Nintendo, the then leading gaming console frontrunner.

The console named Play Station (emphasis on the space) or Super Disc would be a CD add-on to the Super Nintendo.

The whole concept was shaken when Nintendo started to question Sony and set up a partnership with Philips, a deplorable decision.

Following this act of treachery, Sony went on to make the PlayStation and secured the top spot in the console war.

The PlayStation, throughout its life, had many names; PS-X, PS1, PlayStation, and PSone.

The PS1’s black disc had no purpose!

PS1 Black Discs

The discs had a black bottom and were by far the strangest color on the market.

The color had no purpose or reason apart from looking very cool and for recognition.

The PS1 was so popular that games were still being made throughout even the PS2’s lifespan until 2006.

The last game released was the Japanese-exclusive Strider Hiryu, and in the US. Fifa 2005 was released in 2004.

The number of games released differs greatly on who you talk to, but most say it was around 3000 titles worldwide and reached sales of almost 962 million.

The discs were ground-breaking for the time.

Most other game storage was 12MB, but the PS1’s were 650MB, which allowed for the immense 3D graphics and music the PS1 brought to the table.

But that did mean we had the downfall of seriously slow loading time.

Sony sold 102 million consoles!

Sony sold 102 million consoles

The PlayStation launched in Japan on December 3, 1994. Sony sold 102 million consoles and numerous versions of the PS1 before ceasing production in 2004.

It had various colors, including; gray, black, white, green, and blue, and limited editions including; the midnight blue with only 100 consoles being released and the Men In Black unit.

There have been numerous versions released, all with tweaks to the connectors and other such things, but there are too many to even list here without boring myself and you!

The PS1 came in 2 major sizes, the original rectangular box-shaped unit and the smaller, compact, and slightly curvier PSone, the latter released in 2000.

Other significant versions like the Net Yaroze came with tools and instructions that let a normal person program PlayStation games without a full developer suite.

And the Combo Pack, a PSone with a 5″ screen and an adapter that needed plugging into the mains or a car as the device had no battery.

The PS1s top seller, Gran Turismo, took 5 years to develop!

Gameplay on Gran Turismo on Playstation One

Gran Turismo is the best-selling game for the PS1 with 10.85 million.

It took 5 years to make with a team of 7 people.

Its inventor Kazunori Yamauchi said: “In those five years, we could not see the end. I would wake up at work, go to sleep at work. It was getting cold, so I knew it must be winter. I estimate I was home only four days a year.”

However, it was a highly praised game, winning many awards across the board and in 2000 gaining the title of the “21st best game of all time” due to its “complete package” of graphics and realistic gameplay.

The PS1 controller is supposed to represent the console’s 3D graphics.

The PS1 controller is supposed to represent the console's 3D graphics

In the pre-PlayStation era, most consoles came with flat joypads.

Teiyu Goto, the creator of the iconic PlayStation controller, felt that the controller’s 3D design matched the 3D graphics of the games.

Many of Sony’s higher-ups hated the concept. Still, Goto had the Sony president Norio Ohga, on the side who coincidently was a pilot and, in turn, liked the device because it reminded him of an airplane’s controls.

Goto said of the iconic symbols; “The O, Δ, X & □ all have a meaning.

The Δ refers to the viewpoint, one’s head or direction, and made it green.

□ refers to a piece of paper representing menus or documents and made it pink.

The O and X represent ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision-making, and I made them red and blue.

People thought the colors were mixed up, and I had to reinforce to management that that’s what I wanted.”

 

So remember, if you have a PlayStation, it could be worth something; treasure it!

I want to point out that this is not by any means all the amazing facts about the PS1 and the games; in particular, there is so much more to read and learn about the platform, such as Final Fantasy VII originally being designed as a detective game in which you played as ‘Hot Detective Joe’, or that the iconic Crash Bandicoot was initially called Willy the Wombat!

Whether you’re still a PlayStation fan or not, you have to admire and appreciate the success, technology, and vast array of games available on the platform.

The PS1 dawned a new era of gaming; it brought many new concepts to the table that we still use today.

Now, down to the serious questions, where do I buy a second-hand PS1?

Can I afford a midnight blue edition?

And for the love of all that’s holy, does anyone have a copy of Tomb Raider?

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