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December 2014 Retro Gaming Article


December 4, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The PS4 gets a light-gray makeover for the original Playstation's 20th anniversary

It's hard to imagine the PlayStation has reached it's 20th anniversary. It was released on December 3, 1994 in Japan. I still remember the September 9 (9-9) campaign the following year in North America.
The PS4 gets a makeover for the original Playstation's 20th anniversary
The first CD I bought was Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz, It wasn't long before Kiss began emerging on that new format as well. When software programs grew in size, distributing them on CD ROM was a natural choice.

Being in the computer industry, I was aware of the storage capacity of those discs. Having backed up computers onto Syquest and Bernoulli drives, the capacity of CD ROM seemed infinite. Hearing that Sony was releasing a game console with games on CDs... well, I could only imagine how much awesomeness could be packed onto on of those magical discs.

I loved their cryptic advertising advertising in which they never really gave you much information, but got us really hyped for the 9th of September. "You're Not Ready!"

Sony's Red E Ninth of September ad To commemorate the 20th anniversary, Sony is releasing a limited number of PS4 consoles decked out in the original gray color pallet of the first PlayStation. Only 12,300 commemorative PS4s will be sold worldwide. take a look at that number - symbolic of the first PlayStation's launch date... 12/3. In North America, it will cost you $499.

It comes packaged in a pretty slick box with matching gray accessories. If only it would play the original PlayStation discs... then, I'd be pretty impressed.Backwards compatibility has always been Nintendo's strength.

I think it's time to play some Twisted Metal on PSone!

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