Updated: 06/06/2021 by Computer Hope
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Abbreviated as PS, the PlayStation is a gaming console released by Sony on December 3, 1994. Since its initial release, Sony has created the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and the handheld PSP (PlayStation Portable).

PlayStation 5

Playstation 5

The PlayStation 5, or PS5, is the latest version of Sony's gaming console. It was introduced on November 12, 2020, making it a competitor to the Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch. The PS5 features an updated design, and new upgraded DualSense controllers with advanced haptic feedback compared to previous DualShock models.

PlayStation 4

Playstation 4

The PlayStation 4, also called PS4, is the 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 shows the PlayStation 4 console and its controller.

PlayStation 4 hardware information

The PS4 console utilizes an AMD 64-bit APU (accelerated processing unit), 8 gigabytes of GDDR5 memory, connects to the Internet through Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable, and uses Blu-ray discs. It can connect to a TV through an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) 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 and 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 and 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, slimmer redesign of the original PlayStation.

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