Sony has continued its walk-through of the PlayStation brand’s history, releasing Part 3 of the mini-documentary series. Having covered the PlayStation and the PlayStation 2, Part 3 follows (You guessed it) PlayStation 3 and the momentous footprint it has left in the gaming industry.]
The PlayStation 2 is the number one selling console of all time, so fans were excited to see what Sony would have up their sleeves, when PlayStation 3 was introduced. Being announced at E3 2005, it was the first console to house a built-in Blu-Ray drive. It also included a much larger hard drive than PlayStation 2 and an impressive leap in graphical fidelity, due to its extremely powerful graphics chip and HDMI capabilities.
PlayStation 3 also introduced us to the PlayStation Network, this was a huge step for Sony ushering in a new online-focused initiative to gaming. PSN is now home to thousands of games, from retail to small downloadable titles the range is enormous. Offering the ability for players to back-up their saves to the Cloud and the addition of apps such as Netflix, the PlayStation 3 was now more than a gaming console, it was your entertainment hub.
PlayStation Network was also the first steps to creating PlayStation Plus, the subscription service that offers players free games, exclusive beta’s and exclusive discounts. But online functionality wasn’t the PlayStation 3’s only addition, with the PlayStation Move also being introduced. The gaming peripheral that allowed gamers to interact with their games at home, like no PlayStation before, with the use of motion controlled technology.
PlayStation 3 has left an enormous mark on the industry, with games such as LittleBigPlanet, Resistance and Uncharted all being born on this HD Sony console. With a large list of first party exclusives still to come this year, including The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls. Who knows what amazing next PlayStation experience’s, could be on the horizon.