» Man­u­fac­turer: Sony » Year: 2000 » cost: £80 (launch) £30 (today, un­boxed)


If there’s one thing that’s preva­lent in the world of con­soles it’s the con­cept of the re­design. Atari re­vis­ited the ag­ing Atari 2600 in 1986, nearly a decade af­ter its orig­i­nal re­lease, while Sega and Nin­tendo made var­i­ous up­dates to their own con­soles over the years. Per­haps one of the most suc­cess­ful up­dates of a con­sole though was the in­tro­duc­tion of the Psone in 2000. Later re­designs for both the Game Boy Ad­vance and Nin­tendo DS would also go on to strike a chord with con­sumers, but there were few con­soles at the time of the Psone’s re­lease that re­vi­talised the core brand in the same way.

In­cred­i­bly neat in its de­sign, it was sig­nif­i­cantly smaller than the orig­i­nal Playsta­tion and it still looks ab­so­lutely gor­geous today. The moulded curved cor­ners make it look ex­cep­tion­ally stylish and its well crafted, too. There are con­ces­sions of course (the par­al­lel and se­rial ports are miss­ing) but it’s a fair trade off and the end re­sult is a beau­ti­ful look­ing ma­chine that has ac­cess to one of the most di­verse range of games on any home con­sole. Lit­tle won­der it out­sold ev­ery other games sys­tem on its first year of re­lease, in­clud­ing Sony’s brand spank­ing new Playsta­tion 2.

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