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The PlayStation, officially abbreviated PS and commonly known as PS1 or PSX, is a video game console released by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the first system in the PlayStation console line. The best selling game for the system was Gran Turismo with a total of 10.85 million copies shipped (as of April 30, 2008). The original PlayStation had sold a staggering 102.4 million units and is the 3rd most sold PlayStation since its release.


The PlayStation was released in Japan on December 3, 1994, in North America on September 9, 1995, in Europe on September 29, 1995, and in Australasia on November 15, 1995. The system was praised by critics for the quality of its 3D graphics.


The PlayStation is able to function as a CD player alongside being a home console. It has various related features such as being able to shuffle a CD's playlist, play tracks in a certain order defined by the user, or play songs on loop. Both the CD player and the memory card manager can be accessed by turning on the system and keeping the CD tray open or by not inserting a game disc. Inserting a disc containing invalid or unreadable data instead may cause the system to display the Fearful Harmony or Personified Fear error screens.


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