Sony PlayStation

The PlayStation turns 20 today. Yes, that’s right: On December 3, 1994, Sony released its first gaming console, which played CD-based video games. It set standards the industry would follow for decades with the unassuming grey box.

According to Yahoo, Sony wasn’t excited to jump into the gaming business at first — although today, the PlayStation is one of the brand’s biggest revenue streams.

In 1988 Nintendo and Sony agreed to work together on a CD-ROM device for the Super Nintendo system. Three years later, Sony debuted the machine at the annual CES show.

However, the day after the reveal, Nintendo announced that it would not work with Sony and would instead partner with Phillips. So, Sony would assigned Ken Kutaragi (who has since been dubbed “The Father of the PlasyStation”) to develop a competitive system… which would eventually become the PlayStation.

When it was released 20 years ago in Japan, the first 100,000 units sold immediately and didn’t slow down from there. When production of the system endedin 2006, it had sold more than 100 million units, a home console record at the time. That number would eventually be eclipsed by the PlayStation 2.