We're now on the fourth PlayStation launch (not counting handheld devices), and it's interesting to look back and see the individual hype trains for each.
Which one were you most excited about?
Obviously, this depends on your age, but it also depends on the state of the industry at each release point. I mean, gaming was still in an early stage when the original PlayStation first launched back in 1995; the "hype" for that machine was about as big as the normal hype for any new electronic toy. At least, that's how I remember it. The only people I knew who were even aware of the first PlayStation were hardcore gamers.
The PS2 is likely the most memorable, just because it was a perfect storm. The industry was really exploding and Sony had established themselves as a leader on the gaming scene. The lead-up to this launch was absolutely bananas, and it was the first time I remember hearing mainstream media sources cover the event. Yes, there was a time – not too long ago, either – when video games were basically never mentioned outside of dedicated gaming mags. If gaming was mentioned, it was nothing more than a news blurb, the same the latest Cabbage Patch Kid would receive.
The PS3 was huge as well but Microsoft was a heavy competitor at that time, so there was plenty of indecision and speculation. As for the PS4, we all just went through that so there's no real need to recap. What say you? Which PlayStation system had you most amped up?