Did you know that the PlayStation was born from a botched business deal with Nintendo? Sony and Nintendo were all set to release a collaborative game system known as the SNES-CD back in the 90s as an add-on device for the Super Nintendo. The deal went south, we were eventually treated to Zelda-based nightmare fuel via Nintendo’s replacement deal with Philips instead, and Sony eventually went on to create the PlayStation as a result. The best-selling console of this generation, the PlayStation 4, which has moved well over 40 million units since release in 2013, was all made possible by the Big N’s change of heart over 20 years ago. Funny how that works out, isn’t it?
Sony helped usher in the era of disc-based console games on the PS1, added DVD-playback support to the PS2, built the PS3 using the now-dominant Blu-ray disc format, and is once again at the forefront of technology with their rapid adoption and ferocious endorsement of virtual reality. Next week, the PlayStation VR headset (formerly known as Project Morpheus) will release to the world on October 13th and tens — perhaps even hundreds — of thousands of gamers will have their hands on a device with the power to transport them to fantastical worlds never before possible, all from the comfort of their tried and true PlayStation 4 game consoles. No beefy, expensive PC required.
Timeline of PlayStation hardware since 1995.
That may seem a bit long-winded, but that was intentional. The “Reviewers Guide” for the PlayStation VR headset Upload received from Sony a week ago includes a timeline (shown above) of the console manufacturer’s history, including blips for not only the PS1-PS4, but the PlayStation Eye Camera, the Move wands, and more. It’s been a long time coming and now Sony is finally putting all of its wacky peripherals to use in one immersive experience.
The PS VR headset is admittedly weaker in power than its higher-end competitors, theOculus Rift andHTC Vive, but its also more affordable and is squarely focused on the established marketplace of PlayStation 4 console gamers. A defined market with ease of access shouldn’t go understated.
Now that we all know of what’s inside the box , it’s time to see how it all shakes out once it’s actually on our faces.
The standard, core PS VR unit box. Table of Contents