Some gamers thought that Sony didn’t have a chance against Nintendo and Sega when it launched the PlayStation on December 3, 1994, but boy, were they wrong. It is now 25 years later, and the console has managed to win a Guinness World Record for being “the best-selling home video game console brand ever, with over 450 million units sold across the original PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and PS4.” The father of the PlayStation himself, Ken Kutaragi, was on hand to receive the award.

On December 3, 1994 – 25 years ago this week – the first PlayStation made its global debut in Japan. Starting from a humble beginning as an upstart within Sony, Ken Kutaragi and team delivered on a vision to elevate video games as a form of entertainment that everyone could enjoy, and to make a platform for game developers to express their creativity. The original PlayStation sold 100,000 units in Japan on its first day and went on to become the first-ever home console to surpass 100 million units sold globally.

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