Sony’s PlayStation 25th anniversary celebrations begin today

It’s the week of the PlayStation brand’s 25th anniversary, with the original PSone launching in Japan on December 3, 1994. In a blog post, Sony thanked readers for their continued support of PlayStation’s consoles, as the company plans to celebrate the PlayStation 25th anniversary all week.

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan posted a heartfelt message to the company’s official blog, noting how PlayStation “has stood at the forefront of gaming” for 25 years, and concluding that his team wants to “celebrate what comes next with you.”

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Ryan is referring to the as-yet-unrevealed PS5, which is set to release in late 2020. The console has yet to be formally unveiled, though dev kits are currently in the hands of developers allowing them to begin planning their games for the upcoming console.

It’s unsure what Sony plans to do to celebrate the PlayStation 25th anniversary, though it’s likely that some PSN themes or avatars will be released to help PS4 owners celebrate the occasion.

Ryan’s full statement celebrating the PlayStation 25th anniversary can be read below:

“On December 3, 1994 – 25 years ago this week – the first PlayStation made its global debut in Japan. Starting from a humble beginning as an upstart within Sony, Ken Kutaragi and team delivered on a vision to elevate video games as a form of entertainment that everyone could enjoy, and to make a platform for game developers to express their creativity. The original PlayStation sold 100,000 units in Japan on its first day and went on to become the first-ever home console to surpass 100 million units sold globally.

We struck a chord with the gaming community because PlayStation offered experiences beyond what anyone could ever imagine was possible with a home console. From the very start, we opened our arms to developers, providing them with the tools and technology to create beautiful, expansive worlds, and to experiment with new ideas. That approach led to the diversity of games PlayStation is known for, a true hallmark for our brand across multiple generations of hardware platforms.

Over the past 25 years, PlayStation has stood at the forefront as gaming, and I’m honored to have been a part of the team since the early days. As I was helping set up the business in Europe, I remember having to start from scratch with many things, from hiring employees to ordering furniture. Back then, we focused on catering to local markets to ensure that a gamer in Poland would feel a part of the broader PlayStation community just as much as someone in the UK, or Japan, or the U.S. Supported by passionate fans all around the world, our business has grown significantly and our focus on community is more important than ever.

It’s truly humbling to see fans who grew up on PlayStation passing down their love of gaming to their children, who are now playing on PS4.

On behalf of all of us at PlayStation – thank you for taking this journey with us. We can’t wait to celebrate what comes next with you!”