Friday, March 28, 2008

The Evolution of PlayStation


Sony lauched their own gaming console, that is the first PlayStation. It first available in Japan in December 3, 1994. After long 6 years, Sony launched the PS one, in launched in 2000. PS one is about one-third smaller than the original PlayStation.

Specs of the PlayStation
:CPU Custom MIPS R3000 at 33.8688 MHz.
:Media CD-ROM
:System storage Memory card
:Units shipped 102.49 million, including 28.15 million PS one units




During March 4, 2000, Sony lauched the PlayStation 2, the successor of the original PlayStation. Also in September 2004, Sony unveiled its third major hardware revision (V12, model number SCPH-70000). Available in November 2004, it is smaller, thinner, and quieter than the older versions and includes a built-in Ethernet port.

Specs of the PS2
:CPU 128-bit "Emotion Engine" clocked at 294 MHz
:GPU "Graphics Synthesizer" clocked at 147 MHz
:Media DVD, CD
:System storage Memory card
:Units sold 120 million (as of November 6, 2007)

Again after 6 long years, Sony lauched thier third generation of gaming console, that is the PlayStation 3. First available in November 11, 2006. After just 2 years, there are rumors that Sony will launch a Slimmer version of PS3 at the end of this year.

Specs of the PS3
:CPU 3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine with 1 PPE & 7 SPEs
:GPU NVIDIA-SCEI "RSX"
:Media Blu-ray Disc
:DVD
:CD
:Super Audio CD (20 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB models)
:System storage 2.5" SATA hard drive
(20 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, or 80 GB included)
:Units sold 10.49 million (as of January 1, 2008)

During December 12, 2004, Sony launched their first handheld console the PSP (PlayStation Portable) to take on the all mighty Nintendo( Nintendo DS). After 3 years Sony lauched a redesign version of the original PSP, and was named PSP Slim & Lite. The new PSP is 33% lighter (reduced to 189 grams from 280 grams) and 19% slimmer than the original PSP system, and also added some new features such as more ram, video out, brighter screen.

Specs of the PSP
:CPU MIPS R4000-based; clocked from 1 to 333 MHz
:Media UMD
:System storage Memory Stick PRO Duo
:Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11b),[1] IrDA, USB
:Units sold Worldwide: 20.25 million (sold between April 2006 and December 31, 2007)

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