Released in 1994 in Japan and then later across the world, Sony probably didn’t know the heights to which their then-nascent PlayStation brand would rise but they knew they had a hot product on their hands.
Upending the staid console industry with their arrival, Sony’s expertise in crafting top-end consumer electronics combined with the company’s marketing know-how and media empire resulted in a veritable tour-de-force for the video game world and set the company on a path to dominance that it still enjoys to this day.
As with any system, however, the original PlayStation has a storied development history.
In fact, there are a few things you may not have known before about Sony’s most popular product. In this article we’re going to detail five fast facts you may not have known about Sony’s PlayStation One.
5. The Meaning Behind the Symbols

Have you ever noticed the unique symbols that Sony uses on its controller face to denote the tradition AB XY buttons most console manufacturers use? Instead of those Roman letters, Sony uses a triangle, square, circle, and X instead. The thinking behind this was that the triangle button was going to be used for perspective while the square button would act as a menu access key. X and O for their parts were to be “yes” and “no” respectively. A distinctive look even today, few people followed Sony’s guidelines on these symbols and instead the PlayStation controller just looks like the height of design it is.
4. The PlayStation Portable Inspired by Sony’s Walkmans

One of the most successful consumer products of all time for listening to music, the Sony Walkman helped put the company on the map in many respects and they were hoping lightning would strike twice with the release of the PlayStation Portable, Sony’s condensed take on their PlayStation brand. Using their