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Sony ends production of original PlayStation

More than a decade after the original PlayStation went into production and with more than 100 million units sold worldwide, Sony has confirmed that manufacturing of the 32-bit console has finally ceased.

More than a decade after the original PlayStation went into production and with more than 100 million units sold worldwide, Sony has confirmed that manufacturing of the 32-bit console has finally ceased.

PlayStation launched in Japan in December 1994, with US and European releases following in June 1995. The console was redesigned and relaunched in 2000 as the PSone, and last year, Sony announced that 103 million units had been shipped globally.

Sony has already confirmed that the PlayStation 3 will be backwards compatible with PSone games, as is the PS2. It's also been announced that an emulator which will allow PSP owners to play PSone games on their handheld is currently in development.

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