In the early 1990s, names like Nintendo and Sega dominated the game console market. At this time, the Sony Corporation was producing components for other game systems. When a planned partnership between Nintendo and Sony broke down, Sony started the Sony Computer Entertainment Division. This team would eventually develop the first PlayStation console.
The original PS brought several innovations to the market. The system used a CD-ROM drive instead of a cartridge system, giving the unit better 3D graphics and a lower manufacturing cost. The controller used a two-handed grip and incorporated the now-familiar PS buttons with a red circle, blue cross, green triangle, and pink square.
Early PS-exclusive games also helped the console gain a foothold in the home entertainment market. The popularity of Gran Turismo, Tekken, and Final Fantasy influenced the purchasing decisions of many consumers.
Since the first console, PS has grown to include portable devices like the PSP and PlayStation Vita. The company has also branched into digital game services like the PlayStation Network. The digital version of the PS5 relies solely on this digital content.