COLUMN| Each successive PlayStation console generation has been "more" than just video hardware. Each time, the company's products showed a significant shift in the field of graphics and the complexity of games, but also offered consumers a chance to try new, groundbreaking technologies.
The classic PlayStation "gray," although it isn't my favorite, I can without a doubt call it the most significant game console in history. Ultimately, it sealed the move from cartridges to CDs and contributed to the extensive development of 3D games (the competitive Sega Saturn still "stood with one foot" in the 2D age, and the Nintendo 64 was limited by the low cartridge capacity).
Then there is the PS2, which at its launch both offered an upgrade in graphics over its predecessor, but also provided one of the finest and most economical DVD players on the market. The next breakthrough came with the PS3, which introduced many players to the "HD era," integrated network services, and was a full-fledged home entertainment center, the crown jewel of which was the Blu-ray drive.
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