Officially released in North America on September 9, 1995, the Sony PlayStation is a fifth generation, 32-bit system. The PlayStation represented the end of Nintendo's decade-long dynasty. Containing two controller ports, expandable to four with an adapter, and two memory card slots, the CD-based console could hold more game data than Nintendo's cartridge-based systems. Along with the increased storage capacity, CDs were cheaper to produce than Nintendo game cartridges. This, along with Nintendo's tight control over profits, drove game producers like Squaresoft to leave Nintendo for Sony, taking popular game series like Final Fantasy with them.

DREAM hosts an SCPH-1001 model, donated in 2000. The console includes a composite port on the back, as well as a parallel I/O port which would be lost on later models. Initially, PlayStations were priced at $299.


  • Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Crash Team Racing
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Gran Turismo
  • Gran Turismo 2
  • Quake II
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

PlayStation 2 (PS2)

PlayStation 2

Originally released in North America on October 6, 2000, more than a year after the Sega Dreamcast, the PlayStation 2 (PS2), priced at $299, went on to sell 150 million units. This solidified the PS2 as the undisputed winner of the sixth generation of home consoles. In fact, the PS2 is the only sixth generation console still in production and supporting new game releases.

More than any console before it, except perhaps the Sega Master System, the PS2 has seen several revisions. The most obvious change was the switch from the original case to a slimline model, but smaller revisions were also made. DREAM currently houses a revision 7 PS2. Earlier models were prone to a "Disk Read Error", which eventually led to a class action lawsuit. Later models would replace the firewire ports (SCPH 10xxx-3xxxx) with an IR remote control port for DVD playback (SCPH 50000X and newer).

While the Sega Dreamcast included a modem and allowed for remote play, it wasn't until Xbox Live that Sony began to push online play. This eventually resulted in a hard drive accessory for use with Final Fantasy XI, a Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). Other interesting accessories included the EyeToy, a camera that put the player in the game. While not as advanced as the recently released Microsoft Kinect, it provided similar gameplay.


  • Burnout Revenge
  • Halflife
  • ICO
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Zone of the Enders
  • Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner

PlayStation 3 (PS3)

PlayStation 3

Officially launched in North America on November 17, 2006, the PlayStation 3 (PS3) marked Sony's third console. Part of the seventh generation of home consoles, the PS3 has seen numerous changes since launch. Initially available in two versions, a 60 GB unit with chrome accents for $599 or a 20 GB unit with silver accents for $399, both models featured full hardware backwards compatibility. Unfortunately, compatibility was subsequently stripped, allowing only a subset of early games to be played. Approximately eight months later, backwards compatibility was removed completely. Other features, including Linux support and the flash card reader, fared slightly better, though eventually even Linux support was removed by a system update. Not all was lost, as updates brought 3D Blu-ray and game play to the PS3. Additionally, the slim hardware revision permits control of other audio/video gear attached to the PS3 via Consumer Electronic Control (CEC).

Competing against the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft's Xbox 360, the PS3 launched with motion sensitive controllers. While this feature has been put to limited use, Sony has expanded on the possibilities with the introduction of Move. Move uses two-part controllers, much like the Nintendo Wii, as well as the PlayStation Eye (a USB camera) to follow a player's movements via accelerometers and the controller's colored ball. The colored ball, which changes colors via LED, has likened the controller to an ice cream cone for robots.

DREAM's PS3 was purchased as part of the Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle, one of the few ways an 80 GB PS3 with PS2 software emulation could be purchased. Dream is currently seeking an original 60 GB unit with full hardware PS2/PS1 compatibility.


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  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Battlefield: Bad Company
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Blazblu: Continuum Shift
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • The Eye of Judgment
  • Gran Turismo 5
  • Heavy Rain
  • L.A. Noire
  • Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection
  • Killzone 2
  • Killzone 3
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Motorstorm: Apocalypse
  • Resistance: Fall of Man
  • Resistance 2
  • Resistance 3
  • Valkyria Chronicles

Technical Specifications

Console CPU Resolution Colors RAM ROM Type ROM Capacity Output Backwards Compatibility
Source: Wikipedia
PS MIPS R3000A 32-bit RISC @ 33.9MHz 640x480 16.7M (24-bit) 2MB CD 700MB RF/Composite N/A
PS2 64-bit "Emotion Engine" @ 294.9 MHz 480p 24-bit 32MB DVD 8.5GB Composite/S-vid/Component PS
PS3 Cell Processor (1 PPE & 7 SPEs based on IBM Power Pcs) @ 3.2 GHz 1080p 24-bit 256MB Blu-Ray 80GB Composite/S-vid/Component/HDMI Software Emulation