Sony stops making original PS

With the PS3 launch looming, Japanese electronics giant shuts down production of the console that brought it to the industry in the first place.

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Sony entered the global gaming industry with the Japanese release of the original PlayStation in December of 1994. More than 11 years and two more consoles later, the electronics giant has pulled the plug on its first console, ceasing all production of PS units. Last September, Sony announced that the original PlayStation and its PSOne redesign had surpassed the 100 million units sold milestone.

Despite the news, Sony representatives noted today that the end of production does not necessarily mean the end of availability. PS hardware and software are still selling in countries around the world.

Even if original PlayStation systems and games are becoming slim pickings in the US, gamers likely won't be going without for long. As part of its PlayStation Business Briefing 2006, Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP. Details haven't been released yet, but Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi said the games would be digitally distributed.

While the PlayStation's decade-plus production run is certainly impressive, it isn't the longest life span for a gaming console. Atari released its Video Computer System (more popularly known as the Atari 2600) in 1977 and didn't officially pull the plug on it until 1991.

Discussion

249 comments
EAFAN25
EAFAN25

If the PS1 ended production in 2010, there would still be alot of consoles and games exsisting with 500+ consoles and 10,000+ games exsisting

Darkman2007
Darkman2007

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kingmickey2
kingmickey2

didn't ps2 been out for like 6 years?

crszn962015
crszn962015

I can't believe it lasted until the PS3 was about to come out.

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

undead4110
undead4110

mine is still in perfect condition

JakX_Racer
JakX_Racer

As it says in the good book: Playstation Manual: Chapter 3, Subsection 4 on The Usage Of a Playstation, Paragraph 14, and I quote: "Wheneth Thine Day Commeth, thine stars will align and thine sky will parteth, and thine lord and savior, the father of all that videogames live for, will taketh thou onto a life of everlasting rememberance and playtime. Sony Playstation, thou art lost, but thou shalt not ever be forgotten. Mayeth thine legacy liveth on for all eternity. Amen."

JakX_Racer
JakX_Racer

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superb_01
superb_01

at least it's not gonna cost 900$$

MedevilDragon
MedevilDragon

So we come to The End of the greatist console of all ever made.

animaonline
animaonline

LOL! I thought that they stopped production in the year 2001 or 2002!

sharkman83
sharkman83

man that is amazing. they are just now puling the plug on the first PS. Man i dont even know were to find one of those things new. i know i dont sell them were i work (Best Buy). i know that they still make games but i guess that there not going to make them as well.

Guitargamer1
Guitargamer1

That's sad. 1994 was a great year man. Playstation to Pulp Fiction it is a year to be missed

southy787
southy787

Goodbye little one, a small piece of gaming history gone after all these years. Farewell PSone, for many years you have provided enjoyment the world over. I just hope that you will live long in the memory of those fortunate enough to witness your glory......

moggy997
moggy997

its not going to be a collectors item, its not rare enough, 100 million of em! Give it 100 years, then you might make a bit of money from it.

Zelos-W
Zelos-W

It had a good run :P

panthros
panthros

That's sad... mine is dead but I have a ps2...

standcm12
standcm12

oh....who cares. they should have stopped 4 years ago.

REGAMER-X
REGAMER-X

well i'm not really surprised.. but why worry just buy a PS2 if you want to play PS games.

ThieveryCo
ThieveryCo

Everthing has a beginning, and an end ! See ya PS1

johndoh4
johndoh4

Well I guess this is it for the PS1. Those were good times.

Agreb91
Agreb91

Good bye PSone..... we all knew you well!

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

that's impressive. I thought they stopped making it a long time ago

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

There still making them I thought they stopped a while back

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

There still making them I thought they stopped a while back

Poi_159
Poi_159

Well timet collect the collectors item, keep it in its box and sell it in the future. :)

killa-k
killa-k

it will sadly missed:(

Ne0zEEd
Ne0zEEd

I'll have to grab one again..just to have it..good run for sure.

Tda503
Tda503

this kinda suck...(tear), but then agian, who is going to buy a ps, when the ps3 is around the corner

BadMunky
BadMunky

lasted a lot longer then i expected

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

This is more reason that MS should be ashamed for completely abandoning the original Xbox.

LordGamer0001
LordGamer0001

good thing i still have mine so i wont miss it.

greatmagnus
greatmagnus

They were still making them? Holy ****.

tremo01
tremo01

Woah, I though they ended production of it back in 2002!

Montusama
Montusama

I thought they stopped like.....LONG AGO i mean most companies stop making the console before the launch of the new system but sony was releasing games for it even during the PS2 but now is a little late sony you should of tired a couple years ago

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

Good riddance, I don't know why anyone would still be buying a PS1. I wonder how many systems they would have sold if so many people didn't have to buy second or third PSOnes after their first ones broke down.

TVR_Fan
TVR_Fan

I think this will give them more resources to make the PS2 more cheaper, while having more staff to help produce more PS3 units. All legend consoles must come to an end some day, one day you will see the Xbox not being made anymore. But only once the next Xbox is out, when they stoped selling films in Dixons (UK). Most people were outraged but its the same for the PS1, we must move on. We can not go backwards.