The Playstation was first developed as an agreement between Nintendo and Sony in 1988. Due to technical problems with the Playstation storage format called the Super Disk the project was modified and Sony decided to go solo and released the Play station in 1991.
Sony decided to drop the Nintendo based cartridge system and focused on only CD Rom based games. These various upgrades caused a few delays in final release and it was not until the end of 2004 that the newly designed Playstation X was released first in Japan. In the following year the Playstation was released both in the United States and Europe.
Due to the increase in DVD sales worldwide the general buying public accepted the revised version and the Playstation quickly became the number one game system available.
Sony built in some cutting edge technology which included a three hundred mhz processor which outperformed many of its higher speed competitors, and one hundred and fifty mhz graphics card with four megabytes of video random access memory, and to make sure the games processed fast Sony included thirty two megabytes of processing random access memory.
In an attempt to capture more of the overall computer market Sony wisely included a fire wire plug and also two Universal Serial Bus plugs which allowed people to use updated faster controller devices versus the older serial port-based joysticks and controllers.
Playstation Two has also included some of the cooler features for gamers. One in particular is the force feedback feature which gives the actual controller that a person uses the ability to shake and sway side to side. This is accomplished with two electric motors in the controller unit itself. Sony continues to look for innovative ways to improve the Playstation Two and we all look forward to their newest technological advances in gaming.
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