If there’s ever a catalyst for change and progress in the entertainment industry, it’s video games. Sony knows this, and have been at the forefront of innovation with since the early days of the original PlayStation. Pushing gameplay and storytelling through advances in rendering technology is just one part of the equation, despite it being the most prominently touted among console manufacturers and game developers. Rather, creating unique experiences that break boundaries and bring people together is the true goal that PlayStation has been quietly working towards for all these years.
Most people my age (don’t ask) will remember the PS2 era for bringing us some of the biggest advances in immersive storytelling and exciting local multiplayer action, but a few of us will also look back fondly on some of Sony’s more experimental hardware concepts. Devices like EyeToy, SingStar microphones and Buzz! quiz controllers littered many a games room in the day, and each brought with it a unique and exciting new way to play. These peripherals and their accompanying software may not have reached the successes of some of the big-name ‘core’ games at the time, but Sony believed in them enough to continue to produce software and even some new hardware well into the life cycle of the PS3.