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All PlayStation Consoles in Order and Specs

All PlayStation Consoles in Order and Specs

The original PlayStation came out in December 1994.

This would be the first Sony console in what would prove to be the benchmark for gaming systems even today.

There have been five main Playstation models, with some having additional slim or pro versions boasting a compact design or enhanced specs.

PlayStation Console Release Dates

ConsoleRelease DateLaunch Price
PS1December 1994$299
PS2March 2000$299
PS3November 2006$499 (20 GB) / $599 (60 GB)
PS4November 2013$399
PS4 ProNovember 2016$399
PS5November 2020$499 (Standard) / $399 (Digital)

Between every main PlayStation console, there is a gap of 6 to 7 years.

This suggests the eventual PS6 may release around November 2027.

However, before that, we might get a PS5 Pro. This would likely release in late 2024.

PS1 Specs

PS1 Console with controller
CPUMIPS R3000A @ 33.8688 MHz
GPUHandled by the main CPU (with Geometry Transfer Engine & Data Decompression Engine)
Memory2 MB RAM, 1 MB VRAM
ResolutionUp to 640×480
Dimensions45 mm x 260 mm x 185 mm
  • Units Sold: Over 102 million
  • Best Selling Game: Gran Turismo

The PS1 marked Sony’s foray into the gaming industry, shifting the balance of power from established giants.

Its CD-based games, 3D capabilities, and memorable titles set the stage for Sony’s dominance.

PS2 Specs

PS2 Console with controller
CPU“Emotion Engine” @ 294.912 MHz
GPU“Graphics Synthesizer” @ 147.456 MHz
Memory32 MB RAM, 4 MB VRAM
ResolutionUp to 1920×1080 when upscaled (most games were 640×480)
Dimensions78 mm x 182 mm x 300 mm
  • Units Sold: Over 155 million
  • Best Selling Game: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

With the PS2, Sony solidified its place atop the console hierarchy.

Its backwards compatibility, vast library of games, and introduction of the DVD format made it a household name.

Not only is it the best selling PS console of all time but the best selling, period.

PS3 Specs

PS3 Console with controller
CPUCell Broadband Engine @ 3.2 GHz
GPUNVIDIA RSX @ 550 MHz
Memory256 MB XDR, 256 MB GDDR3 VRAM
ResolutionUp to 1920×1080
Dimensions98 mm x 290 mm x 325 mm
  • Units Sold: Over 87 million
  • Best Selling Game: Grand Theft Auto V

The PS3 introduced the Blu-ray format, allowing for larger games.

It also brought with it the PlayStation Network, emphasizing online gameplay and digital downloads.

There were two models when the PS3 console first launched: 20 GB and 60 GB.

The 60 GB model had backwards compatibility with the PS1 and PS2, whereas the 20 GB version didn’t.

PS4 Specs

PS4 Console with controller
CPUAMD Jaguar 8-core @ 1.6 GHz
GPUAMD Radeon @ 800 MHz
Memory8 GB GDDR5
ResolutionUp to 1920×1080 (some titles upscale to 4K)
Dimensions53 mm x 275 mm x 305 mm
  • Units Sold: Over 114 million (includes PS4 Pro)
  • Best Selling Game: Grand Theft Auto V

Sony returned to form with the PS4, focusing on gaming first and foremost.

The PS4’s architecture was lauded for its developer-friendly approach, leading to a wealth of great games.

PS4 Pro Specs

PS4 Pro Console with controller
CPUAMD Jaguar 8-core @ 2.1 GHz
GPUAMD Radeon @ 911 MHz
Memory8 GB GDDR5 + 1 GB DDR3
ResolutionUp to 4K (native and upscaled)
Dimensions55 mm x 295 mm x 327 mm

The PS4 Pro was an answer to the increasing demand for 4K gaming.

With enhanced specs, it offered improved graphics and performance for certain games compared to the base PS4.

PS5 Specs

CPUAMD Zen 2 8-core @ 3.5 GHz
GPURDNA 2 @ 2.23 GHz
Memory16 GB GDDR6
ResolutionUp to 8K (primarily targets 4K gaming)
Dimensions390 mm x 104 mm x 260 mm
  • Units Sold: Over 40 million
  • Best Selling Game: Final Fantasy XVI

As Sony’s latest offering, the PS5 boasts impressive specs aiming for higher frame rates and ray tracing capabilities.

Its ultra-fast SSD promises to revolutionize game loading times, while its new DualSense controller offers enhanced haptic feedback.

Each PlayStation iteration has not just been about technical specs but about reshaping the gaming landscape.

From defining 3D gaming in the ’90s with the PS1 to introducing ray-tracing with the PS5, Sony continues to push boundaries and set new standards.