Review by THAguyINgta3

"One Of The Best Consoles Of All Time"

The PlayStation was Sony's first attempt to enter the gaming industry, and was released in 1995. During the SNES days, Sony was actually developing something along side Nintendo to make the SNES play games that are on discs. After problems between Sony and Nintendo, Sony quit the project and left to create their own system, which turned out to be the PlayStation, or PSX for short. When it was released, it surprised everyone with it's great library of titles and it was the first system to play games on discs and not cartridges. It was truly innovational and started a revolution in the gaming industry.

Hardware

The PlayStation hardware (32 bits) is much less powerful than the Nintendo 64 (64 bits), but much more powerful than the Sega Saturn, which were the PSX's two rival systems in that generation's console war. Sony, unlike Nintendo and Sega, decided to use discs for it's games instead of cartridges, and discs held much more than the cartridges. It's one thing that kind of killed the Saturn and N64.

Since there is nothing inside the PSX to store data, you have to buy memory cards for the PSX, which held a good bit, but not that much. The memory cards could be a good thing or a bad thing, but it just depends on how you look at it. On one hand, with the memory cards, you can save games on it, take it to a friend's house, and switch data from one card to another. On the other hand, they do fill up rather quickly if you play a lot of games so you have to buy a lot of them, and they don't come too cheap. They're cheap now, but they weren't when the PSX was in it's prime and the PlayStation2 wasn't out.

The PSX has it's CDs inserted into it by opening the pop-up disk drive thing. Overall, Sony did everything right with their hardware. The PSX was just very easy to use.

Controller

The system has 2 controller ports, unlike the N64 which had 4. This could be a bad or a good thing, but it isn't something to get pissed over. You just can't have more than 2 people play at a time. The controllers are set-up very well. The button layout has a directional pad, 2 analog sticks, 4 shoulder buttons (L1, L2, R1, and R2), and the face buttons are set-up just like on the SNES (X, Triangle, Square, and Circle). The controller also has a rumble feature. Overall, the controller is magnificent. It is the perfect controller and will fit your hands perfectly no matter what.

Price

You can usually find a PSX for around $40 now. Most of it's games can be found in bargain bins for less than $30 a piece, but it depends on the demand for the game. Some games, like Suikoden 1 and 2, can go for as high as $100. You can usually find memory cards for around $5. Overall, the price is very reasonable for both the software and the hardware.

Portability

The PS One, the re-designed PSX that is much smaller, is very portable. You can buy a bundle that includes the PS One, a rechargable battery pack, and an LCD screen for around $150. This is a very good deal if you want to game on the road and don't feel like buying a GameBoy Advance or something. Overall, it is very portable and very fun to play with on the road, in the air, or on the water.

Graphics and Sound

The PSX has a 3D chip that can put out 360,000 flat polygons and 180,000 texture mapped polygons. The PSX also had a lot of the modern shading techniques and other 3D enhancing things that were available when it came out in 1995.

The PSX has worse graphics than the Nintendo 64, but Sony proved that graphics aren't everything when it dominated last generation's console wars. There are even over one hundred million PlayStation owners worldwide. Anyway, a lot of the graphics are really blocky and ugly in some games, but there are also a lot of very pretty games, such as all of the Final Fantasys, Metal Gear Solid, the Gran Turismos, and a lot more. Overall, the graphics are alright for a 32 bit system. They could be better, but they don't have to be.

The sound is good for the PSX, and much better than the N64's because Sony used CDs and not cartridges as it's media. A feature that the PSX was the first to have out of any system is the ability to play music CDs. This also shows that the PSX has the best sound because of that. Overall, the PSX has great sound.

Loading Times

The loading times on some PSX games can be horrific. The Final Fantasys and Gran Turismos are a good example of this. I have played some games that have loading times of up to 5 minutes for the PSX. That is one of the only downsides to the system really.

Games

The game library is absolutely magnificent. There are probably around 1,700 PSX games worldwide. While not all of them are good, the PSX has tons of classics on it, such as the Final Fantasy series, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo series, Syphon Filter series, the first two Tomb Raiders, the Tenchu series, Silent Hill, Chrono Cross, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and so much more. The PSX is literally RPG Heaven. Overall, the selection of games is magnificent. There is not one genre that is not well represented on the PSX.

Some of the popular series that started on the PSX and are loved today are Silent Hill, Tenchu, Gran Turismo, Driver, Tekken, Grand Theft Auto, Medal of Honor, Twisted Metal, and a lot more AAA games.

Pros

-Great game library
-Sound
-Started many great franchises
-Controller
-Use of CDs instead of cartridges
-Price
-Portability

Cons

-Graphics are worse than N64
-Early versions of PSX overheated easily
-CDs get scratched easily
-A lot of the games are crap so you need to really dig through those

Conclusion

In conclusion, you have to buy a PSX. It is one of the best consoles ever made and is a classic. If you already have a PS2, there is really no reason in owning a PSX. Just keep buying those PSX games.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 07/19/03, Updated 07/19/03


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