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Happy Birthday PlayStation, You're 15 in the USA

I've been a gamer all my life, though admittedly I started at the dawn of the Nintendo age with the original NES. But still, I feel old as the original PlayStation appeared in North American stores around this time 15 years ago. (As a side note, the Dreamcast just passed its 11th birthday.)

It was this week in 1995 that Sony started on its quest for dominance of the video game industry – something that it would have for a decade.

"When you look in the rearview mirror at what was happening in 1995 you see that the video game industry was an entirely different animal. Cartridges were still the preferred medium, and the market was a modest $2.6 billion in sales revenue annually. Many critics thought that a disc-based console with a lot of horse power would shoot over the heads of consumers, but our users proved them wrong," said Jack Tretton, CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. "Now, we are seeing a convergence of video games and home entertainment, and a market that is a robust $20 billion in revenue. In the next 15 years and beyond PlayStation will continue to bring new and more immersive experiences, like stereoscopic 3D, augmented reality as well as genre-defying gameplay into consumer living rooms." 

In honor of the 15 year anniversary and over the next several months, Sony is rolling out the follow promotions: 

  • Free downloadable PS3 & PSP static themes available for download on the PlayStation Store starting today
  • Weekly discounts on select PS One titles within the PlayStation 15th anniversary collection page, available in all SCEA territories on PS3, PSP & Media Go Storefronts. In addition to a 50 percent sale on Super Rub A Dub (Super Rub A Dub offer good from Thursday, September 9, 2010 - through Monday, September 20, 2010). 
  • A PlayStation Home commemorative Original PlayStation (PS One) ornament for personal spaces available starting today.

Check out Sony's 15th Anniversary page here, as well as the bonus infographic below.

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  • Marco925
    I still have my old Playstation, Great for my Squaresoft RPGs on it.
  • dan117
    Was my first and only console. Now I'm a PC gamer...
  • soccerplayer88
    Happy Birthday Broseph.
  • hardcore_gamer
    ps2 was a legend
  • Pyroflea
    Oh how I miss my PS2. Oh well, my PS3 fills its place nicely.
  • insider3
    15 years ago?? Time is going by too fast. I was 10 years old..holy crap.
  • robwright
    Silent Hill was the **** on the PS One. And Affleck was the bomb in "Phantoms."
  • tommysch
    a market that is a robust $20 billion in revenue.

    I thought piracy was killing the business!?
  • thegreathuntingdolphin
    15 years is a bit depressing. I remember the PS/Saturn days well...

    On a side note...

    Wow we don't want your crap erst. Seriously only morons go to those sites. Everyone here votes you down before any real amount of people view your ads.
  • back_by_demand
    Amazing, the PS has had 2 sequels in the same time Duke Nukem 3D hasn't even managed 1 yet.