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Playstation

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The PlayStation is a video game console produced by Sony in the 1990s; it was launched in Japan on December 3, 1994 and in the USA on September 9, 1995. It was the console that angered Nintendo. It was popular and spawned the so-called "PlayStation Generation". Among other games, the PlayStation is well known for the Tomb Raider series of games. Sony now make a compatible console in a smaller (and curvier) case called the PSOne. The original PlayStation was often been abbreviated as the PSX, until 2003 when the Playstation Extreme was introduced. It is now abbreviated PS1 or PSOne.

Sony's successor to the PlayStation is the more powerful PlayStation 2 and is largely compatible in the sense that it can play most PlayStation games unmodified. This is done by embedding the most important parts of the PSOne inside the PlayStation 2 design, so two systems can be provided for the price of one. The PlayStation 2 is based on a custom processor Sony developed known as the Emotion Engine.

A version of the PlayStation called the Net Yaroze was also produced. It is more expensive than the original PlayStation, coloured black instead of the usual grey, and most importantly, came with tools and instructions that allowed a user to be able to program PlayStation games and applications without the need for a full developers suite (which could cost many times the amount of a PlayStation). However, the Net Yaroze lacks many of the features the full developers suite provides.

The installation of a modchip allows PlayStation's capabilities to be expanded. This allows unauthorised copies of games to be played, but it also allows the playing of games from other countries.

Specifications

Main CPU

R3000A 32bit RISC chip running at 33.8688MHz

This is manufactured by LSI Logic Corp with technology licensed from SGI. It also contains in the same chip the Geometry Transfer Engine and the Data Decompression Engine

Features:

Geometry Transfer Engine

This Engine is inside the Main CPU chip. It was responsible for rendering the 3D Graphics.

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Data Decompression Engine

This Engine is also inside the Main CPU chip. It was responsible for decompressing images and video.

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Graphics Processing Unit

This chip is separate to the CPU and handles all the 2D Graphics processing.