Published 21/02/2013 | 10:19
THE PlayStation, in its various reincarnations, has grown up with a generation of gamers. It has gone from a pure gaming console to a device that can also play movies, download data, and enable gamers all round the world to communicate with each other. Here are some of the brand's milestones.
:: September 1995 - PlayStation is introduced to the UK a year after it is launched in Japan. UK price: £299.
:: September 2000 - PSone is introduced in Britain, essentially a slimmed-down facelift of the PlayStation. UK price: £79.
:: November 2000 - PlayStation2 is launched in the UK, featuring a built-in DVD-player and superior gaming power with a new line-up of games. UK price: £299.
:: September 2005 - PlayStation Portable Value Pack handheld console is introduced to the European market.
:: August 2006 - Suggested UK retail price of PlayStation2 falls below £100 for the first time. UK price: £94.99 - less than a third of its launch price.
:: March 2007 - PlayStation3 (60GB version) featuring DVD player and online connectivity is launched in Europe at 599 euros.
:: 2008-10 - PlayStation3 models with greater storage capacity, including 160GB, 250GB and 320GB, developed and introduced.
:: January 2011 - PlayStation2 exceeds 150 million unit sales worldwide, making it the world's best-selling console to date.
:: February 2012 - The portable PlayStation Vita, with wifi and 3G wifi capacity, introduced in Europe at 249 and 299 euros respectively.