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(games, hardware)
The leading family of games consoles, from Sony Corporation consisting of the original Playstation (PS1) and the Playstation 2 (PS2).

The basic Playstations consist of a small box containing the processor and a DVD reader, with video outputs to connect to a TV, sockets for two game controllers, and a socket for one or two memory cards. The PS2 also has USB sockets.

The PS2 can run PS1 software because the PS2's I/O processor is the same as the PS1's CPU.


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A video game console from Sony that was introduced in the U.S. in 1995. In 2020, the PlayStation 5 is the latest model. See PS5.

The first PlayStation was CD-ROM based and used a 32-bit MIPS CPU. A more advanced DVD-based unit arrived in 2000 along with the PS one, a smaller model that could be used in cars with a power adapter. See PS one and PS2.

In 2005, the PlayStation 3 (PS3) used a considerably faster processor and high-definition Blu-ray drive (see PS3). The PlayStation 4 and 4 Pro came out in 2013 and 2017 respectively (see PS4). See video game console.

The Original PlayStation
This model started PlayStation mania. It held its own for five years until Sony introduced the PS one and PS2.

PlayStation Portable (PSP-1000)
In 2005, Sony introduced the handheld PSP-1000, which displayed photos as well as played music and videos. It used Sony's Universal Media Disc and Memory Stick for storage (see UMD and Sony Memory Stick). Subsequent PSP-2000, PSP-3000 and PSP Go models came out in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively, and a budget-priced PSP-E1000 debuted in 2011. (Image courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment.)
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