Best Playstation Consoles: PS2, PSP, PS3 & Ps4
PlayStation 2 (PS2) was released in 2001. It was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment America and published by SCEA.
It was the first Playstation console to feature CD-ROM drive and it featured a built-in hard disk drive as well. The system’s main selling point was its price tag which started at $499 USD and went up to $599 USD.
The PS2 had a relatively small library compared to other consoles. However, it did have some great games such as God Hand, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, Ridge Racer 6 and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
The PS2 also came with a number of peripherals such as the Dual Shock controller and the EyeToy camera peripheral.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) released the PS2 in North America in June 2002. The console was priced at $399.99 and launched alongside the original Xbox in November 2001.
The PS2 had a smaller library than the one found on the PS1, but it still boasted some great titles such as Jet Set Radio Future, MotorStorm Apocalypse and Uncharted Waters.
In Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment released the PS2 in February 2003 for ¥10,000 ($85). This version of the console sold out quickly due to its high price tag.
In the same year, the PS2 was released in Australia. The console was available in two bundles, each priced at $559.95 AUD.
The biggest launch for the PS2 took place in Europe and North America in October and November 2005 respectively. This time around, the console was priced at a more affordable $199.99 and $249.99.
The new model also had a smaller form factor than the original version.
After 17 years, the PS2 was finally discontinued in March 2013. As of March 2016, the system had sold a total of 378.2 million units worldwide.
PlayStation Portable (PSP) was released in North America in March 2004. It was the successor to the PlayStation Portable and was also known as the PSP.
The system was released in Japan on December 12, 2003 and sold for ¥19,000 ($169.99).
The PSP had two models, the PSP-1000 and PSP-2000. The former was released initially in North America, Europe and Australia while the later was released only in Japan initially.
The PSP-1000 is 30% lighter and 56% smaller than the original model. It also features better battery life and a more responsive touch screen.
The PSP-2000 boasts an improved screen, a lighter build and better graphics processor.
The PSP was also backwards compatible with original PlayStation games. This meant that gamers could now play their favorite PS1 games on the go.
Some of the popular games available for the system include God of War: Chains of Olympus, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and Wipeout Pure.
The PSP had a relatively short life span, compared to its competitors. In Japan, the PSP was discontinued in 2014.
In North America and Europe, the system was discontinued in 2013. As of March 2016, the PSP had sold a total of 87 million units worldwide.
PlayStation 3 (PS3) was released in North America on November 17, 2006. It was the successor to the PlayStation 2 and was also known as the PS3.
The console came with a 60 GB hard drive, two USB ports and built-in Wi-Fi.
The PS3 has a vector-based hyper-threading cell processor with five pipelines and integrates both floating point and vertex shaders. It also has multiple modes of operation, including CELL Broadband Engine Processing Unit (Cell/B.E.P.U) for parallel processing and RSX for dedicated processing.
The RSX has the ability to process 1.8 teraflops, or 1,800 trillion floating point operations per second.
The PS3’s main memory is comprised of 256 MB of GDDR3 RAM, with a data rate of 2.2 gigabytes per second.
Its secondary memory storage is composed of a hard disk drive with a capacity of 60 GB and two USB ports. The system also has a 256-bit GDDR3 memory interface.
The PS3 has multiple output options, including HDMI, component video and analog audio. The system also supports 7.1 surround sound.
The PlayStation 3 has its own Sixaxis motion chip for motion sensing with the original PS3 controller and the subsequent SIXAXIS controllers. The console also features Bluetooth 2.0 for connectivity with other devices.
The system can play Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and CDs as well as HD DVDs. The PS3 has a maximum resolution of 1080p and can support up to 7.1 channel surround sound.
It also supports SACD and DVD-Audio.
The PS3 has a variety of online features. It can access the PlayStation Store to download games, add-ons and other content.
The system also supports online gaming with features such as Voice Over IP, Party Chat and Matchmaking and PlayStation Home.
As of January 2013, the PS3 is no longer being produced. The console had a considerable assortment of games, including God of War III, inFAMOUS and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
The PlayStation 4 (PS4) was officially announced by Sony on February 20, 2013. The system had been rumored for a while, with reports beginning in 2012.
It was officially introduced along side the PS4 release date, PS4 price, PS4 bundles and the new DualShock 4 controller.
The PS4 has an 8-core X86 64-bit processor, a coprocessor and a GPU. The console also has 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, a maximum resolution of 1080p and support for 7.1 surround sound.
It has a 6x BD ROM, BD RAM, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL and CD drive, which supports the PlayStation Triple Pack.
The PS4 features 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and HDMI 1.4 Output.
It has a maximum resolution of 1080p and support for 7.1 channel surround sound.
The PS4 has been popular with gamers and critics alike. The system has a large selection of games, including inFAMOUS Second Son, MLB 14: The Show and Destiny.
Nintendo was founded in 1889 in Kyoto, Japan, as a card company. Nintendo began producing toys in the 1960s and entered the video game market in the 1970s.
The company launched the first North American home video game console, called the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, in 1985.
The NES became the most successful console in history, with more than 60 million units sold worldwide.
The next major console from Nintendo was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES. The console sold nearly 50 million units worldwide.
In 1996, Nintendo launched the Nintendo 64 (N64), its third home video game console. The most successful home console of the fifth generation of video games, the N64 sold nearly 33 million units worldwide.
The N64 was followed by the Nintendo GameCube in 2001 and the Wii in 2006.
Nintendo launched its first handheld gaming device, called the Game Boy, in 1989. More than 118 million units of the Game Boy and its successors have been sold.
The company launched the Nintendo DS in 2004 and a successor, the Nintendo 3DS, in 2011. The 3DS is capable of playing 3D games without the use of special glasses.
The Wii U was launched in 2012, giving the company four home video game consoles and three handheld gaming devices.
Nintendo’s most recent launch is amiibo, a range of toys that interact with games.
Toys To Life is a video game genre where physical toys are used in conjunction with a videogame. The toys are normally plastic figures which are placed on a scanner which reads them and bring them into the game.
The first toys to life video games were Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure and Disney Infinity, both of which were released in the years 2011 and 2013 respectively. The genre has subsequently become dominated by the two franchises with new installments every year and many spin-offs.
The figures for these games are normally around $10-$15 each.
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This is a list of some of the major toys to life games.
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