Updated: 08/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Abbreviated as PS, the PlayStation is a gaming console first released by Sony on December 3, 1994. Since its initial release, Sony has created the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 as well as the handheld PSP.

PlayStation 4

A Playstation 4 entertainment console.

The PlayStation 4, also called PS4, is the latest iteration of Sony's gaming console, released on November 15, 2013. It competes with Nintendo's Wii U and Microsoft's Xbox One. The picture is an example of the PlayStation 4 console and its controller.

PlayStation 4 hardware information

The PS4 console utilizes an AMD 64-bit APU, 8 gigabytes of GDDR5 memory, connects to the Internet through Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable, and reads Blu-ray discs for both games and movies. It can connect to a TV through an HDMI connection for excellent video and audio quality.

PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3

Short for PlayStation 3, the PS3 is the third gaming console system developed by Sony that was first released on November 11, 2006. The picture shows an example of the PlayStation 3 console and a wireless controller. The PS3 competed against the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, and had models with 40 GB to 320 GB hard drives.

PlayStation 2

Abbreviated as PS2, the PlayStation 2 is the second generation of gaming console from Sony that was first released on March 4, 2000. The console used CDs and DVDs to play games and competed against the Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox.


Often abbreviated as the PS1 and PSX, the PlayStation is the first console released by Sony on December 3, 1994. It used CDs to play games and competed against the Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn. Later, Sony released the PS One on July 7, 2000, which was a smaller redesign of the original PlayStation.

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