This week marks the 25th anniversary of the original PlayStation being unleashed on an unsuspecting – but welcoming – world.

Well, it was released in Japan in December 1994. It wasn’t until September 1995 that it reached the west – and November 1995 that we were finally able to get our eager hands on it here in Australia.

The original PlayStation remains arguably the biggest leap in gaming tech ever, as we advanced from pixel graphics to polygons. The latter are still used today of course, just developers have a whole lot more of them to play with.

We remember shelling out the considerable sum of A$699 for the console on launch day – plus, of course, enough extra bucks to secure the arcade conversion to beat them all (well, at the time), Ridge Racer. Or, as we tend to call it after hearing Mr Enthusiastic Announcer saying it so many times, “R-i-i-i-i-dge Racer!!!”. Then came WipeOut – and what an appropriate name for a game that absorbed several years of our lives…

We’ve had six PlayStations so far – the original, PS2, PSP, PS3, PS Vita and PS4 – and excitement is building as the PS5 warms up in the wings for a late 2020 release.

Some of our favourite gaming memories are linked to powering the console on and hearing those cinematic start-up sequences. So here, relive some of our – and likely your – favourite memories!

Celebrate with PlayStation at JB Hi-Fi.