Words by Jason Sewald
Sony has been a giant in the Video-gaming industry for what feels like forever, but every giant comes from humble beginnings, and what a perfect time this is to take a trip down memory lane with the PlayStation 5 out now. As a life long Sony gamer, I’ve decided to recount some of my memories of each console.
The year is 1994. Nintendo and SEGA have dominated the Video-gaming market since the late 1980s and Mario vs Sonic was a common argument among gamers. Then a new player has entered… the PlayStation 1. Once the PlayStation debuted, it disrupted the market and shaped it into the one we see today. I got mine for my fourth birthday in ’98, but I was too young and dumb to even understand it, so what I loved doing is watching my dad play numerous games such as Tomb Raider II, Oddworld and Tekken 3.
In 2000, not wanting to stop the momentum, Sony decided to drop the current best selling console of ALL TIME. The PS2 was probably the most ambitious console by Sony, in terms of games, as it has an almost endless catalogue. However, for me, only a few mattered. The Jak and Daxter Trilogy, Ratchet and Clank and lastly Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. I’m cheating with the last one a little bit, because I never “owned” it per se, but the thrill of playing it in secret, hoping my mum wouldn’t catch you while I hear “ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS FOLLOW THE DAMN TRAIN CJ!!” is something I’m betting a lot of kids can relate to.
The PS3 is what one could probably call the ‘dark days’ for the brand; even though the hardware at the time was great, but the pricing of the console itself turned off a lot of consumers which caused them to hop on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and I was no exception. I eventually decided to grab my PS3 during Sony’s darkest hour which is, of course, the infamous Anonymous hack; where the Playstation servers were down for at least a month and I got mine on sale because of that. That’s how you flip a bad situation into a great one. After the hack, Sony closed out that generation successfully, dropping exclusives such as The Last of Us and Uncharted 3.
Lastly, the Playstation 4. What can I say about this console that hasn’t been said already… In my opinion, this is the amalgamation of everything Sony has learned. Amazing hardware and incredible games. This current generation was spearheaded by the games and the PS4 had an abundance of classics; God of War, Ghost of Tsushima, Nioh 1 and 2 (my personal game of the year) and a whole lot more. The PS4 came with absolute heat and didn’t stop, and with the PS5 looming over us, I can only imagine the new games and improved graphics we will see.
This concludes my trip down memory lane. It’s safe to say that I essentially grew up with the console and I can’t wait to continue this journey with the PS5 and make more memories. All of this pretty much shows that Sony has absolutely no signs of slowing down and I’ll see you for the next evolution of the Playstation.