PlayStation Turns 15, Sony Gets All Nostalgic

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As of Thursday this week, it's been 15 years since the original PlayStation console showed up on store shelves in North America, setting gamers back $299. That bought you a chunky console (though somewhat slim at the time) with a 32-bit RISC chip clocked at 33.9MHz, 2MB of RAM (1MB of video RAM), 16-bit sound, and a 3D engine capable of driving a 640x480 resolution, plus bragging rights over your friends who spent their allowance on the Sega Saturn.

By comparison, today's PlayStation 3 console comes with a Cell processor running at 3.2GHz, a GPU clocked at 550MHz, Full HD support, 256MB of main memory, another 256MB of video memory, up to 250GB of hard drive storage, Blu-ray support, and stereoscopic 3D support.

What will Sony's hardware look like in another 15 years? Who really knows, but in the meantime, Sony has put together a barebones PlayStation retrospective of the past decade and a half. You won't find a whole lot of details on the items mentioned, but hey, we're always down a for a quick stroll through memory lane.

Check it out here .

Which consoles have you owned through the years, and what's been your favorite?

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