Today in 1994, Sony released its game-changing (no pun intended) console, the PlayStation. It was released as part of the fifth-generation of consoles, with its main competitors being the Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn. With a library that included milestone games like Grand Theft Auto, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, and Tomb Raider (among many others), Sony's PlayStation emerged as the clear winner of the fifth-gen console wars. On December 3, 2018, Sony released the PlayStation Classic, a dedicated console (meaning it doesn't play external games) with 20 games built in.
Today in 1982, Sony released their CDP-101, the world's first commercially released compact disc player. The CDP-101 was available exclusively in Japan until its worldwide release in March 1983, and sold for 168,000 yen (about $730). Due to cost-cutting in regard to DACs (digital-to-analogue converter), all CDs played in the CDP-101 had their left and right audio channels off by 11 microseconds; however this is entirely undetectable to the human ear.
Today in 1979, Sony released the Walkman, the world's first portable consumer audio cassette player. Originally known only in Japan as the Walkman (names from other countries included "Soundabout," "Stowaway," and "Freestyle"), the name eventually caught on globally. The Walkman name is now used for most of Sony's portable audio line. Image Credit: The Telegraph
Today in 1946, Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita founded the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, later renamed to Sony in 1958. Sony has been a technology pioneer ever since, pushing the envelope in almost every home electronics category. They also have their own divisions of both film (Spider-Man, Men in Black franchises) and music production (Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Eminem). These days they may be best known for their PlayStation gaming consoles. Image Credit: Martyn Williams | PCWorld