The Ultimate PlayStation Comparison

– Hey guys, this is Austin, and welcome to the ultimate PlayStation comparison And of course, how else could we begin, but with the original PlayStation One? In 1994, the world got this, the original PlayStation

Now what's interesting is, is that this actually almost didn't even happen Originally, Sony was developing the PlayStation as an add-on for the Super Nintendo But after Nintendo bailed on the deal, they figured, "Hey, we've already put the work in, we might as well make our own game console" And thus, the original PlayStation was born It's hard to overstate just how good of an idea that was

The PlayStation was the very first game console to ever hit 100 million sales, and after being sold for ten years, the games continue to come out for the PlayStation all the way up until 2006 You know, when the PlayStation 3 came out Now, I have a special attachment to the PlayStation, as this was my very first game console However, it actually wasn't the only version They also released this, the PS1, which was a much, much smaller version of the console

Oh, wow So of course, that is the legendary PlayStation boot up screen Oh, this brings me right back So this is Gran Turismo 2, and as far as PlayStation One games, I definitely spent the most time with this one One of the cool things about Gran Turismo, and indeed the PlayStation One in general, was the idea that this was one of the very first fully 3D capable consoles

Look at these car models I mean, sure, they might not look incredibly detailed by today's standards, but for back in the 90s, this was pretty solid So one of the cool things about this was that it was actually pretty realistic I mean, sure, the resolution is really low You can see mountains and everything popping in just in the background

But, when you consider that the audio was actually pretty accurate to what the car sounded like, and this was a properly performing game I mean, there are real physics, yeah, see? You can see, I pull into the shadows, my car gets darker I mean, this was seriously cutting edge back in the 90s It's funny, the resolutions is so laughably low right now, and yet, it doesn't really matter that much I mean, yeah of course, the cars look a little blocky, it's kinda hard to see, but you get the idea

And look at this, I mean Awww Next, we have another retro classic

And I say retro because it's what I played when I was a kid Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone And this was back when you actually could get a decent video game based on a movie Unlike today where they pretty much don't even do it anymore So something to keep in mind here, is that this game came out on the tail end of the PlayStation's life cycle, and because of that it is one of the more technically advanced titles

So, while the resolution might not be massively upgraded over something like Gran Turismo, it actually does look pretty nice Something else cool about this, is that I actually am getting full voice acting I forgot that this game actually had that – But again, this is one of the major advantages of using a CD, you actually do have plenty of space for things like actual audio Fast forward to 2000, and we have the Sony PlayStation 2

Now this still holds the record for the best selling game console of all time The next closest is the Nintendo DS, but at 155 million units, nothing touches the PS2 One of the main reasons why the PS2 is so successful is actually a little bit of a weird one This, at the time, was the cheapest DVD player that you could get your hands on And well, DVD was kind of a big deal back in 2000

The PS2 really pushed a lot of tech forward So not only did it support online play as the very first PlayStation to do so, where it also allow you to install a hard drive And you can even output 1080i signals from this guy on certain games Now mind you, that was stuff like Gran Turismo 4, but considering that the PlayStation 2 was available at a time where high def TVs really weren't even a thing, it definitely pushed the envelope There was one big difference with the PS2 compared to the PSOne

It was much, much larger However, it didn't take long for Sony to fix that by releasing the PS2 Slim Now this actually pretty much took all the same features, and took it into a much, much smaller form factor, while including things like the ethernet jack, which used to need an actual adaptor on this guy What's important to remember, is that both the PS2, as well as the PS2 Slim were fully backwards compatible Now these days, it's a little bit hit or miss, but back in 2000, this was pretty much unheard of

No real game console would ever be able to play the previous generation of games However, not only could you put a PSOne game into these guys, but it also fully supported not only the controllers, but also even the memory cards For the PS2, we have Gran Turismo 3 Immediately you can tell that, while the menus are even weirder than they were on the PlayStation One, the graphics are seriously improved Now only are we getting a higher resolution, especially when you look at the car model and the lighting

There is a big, big jump You also see obviously the track got a huge graphical update But the jump between PSOne and PS2 is massive I mean, it's really hard to sort of overstate that Now, what's funny is the car models actually don't look wildly different

I think a lot of it is just the idea that because you have so much power, they pretty much overhauled everything in the game I'll say though, the audio actually isn't as good as on Gran Turismo 2 I don't remember it being like this, but the cars don't really sound that loud I feel like the music is cranked up way too high I could probably change that though

Dude, that frame rate is such a huge difference I don't know what the Gran Turismo 2 on the PlayStation One ran at, but I wanna say it's like, well below 30 frames per second a lot of times Whereas this is so much better Next we have Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Now this is a game that also does actually do a pretty good job of showing off what the PS2 is capable of

There's a, some pretty serious effects on these headlights right now Oh, he's just jump on? Okay (laughs) It's funny to think how far Grand Theft Auto has come I mean, when you look back at something like this, versus like GTAV, it actually, I mean it doesn't feel that different Now it might not look all that impressive today, but the idea that you have a full open world game on the PlayStation 2 is really something the PSOne wasn't capable of

I mean, think about it, Grand Theft Auto on PlayStation was just a top down sort of shooter style game Whereas here, we have a fully modeled 3D world to work with Ugh, if I don't crash And I crashed, okay Move onto 2006, and we have the PlayStation 3

Not only was this a much, much larger console, but in some ways, at least in my opinion, it was a little bit of a flop This was an incredibly expensive console, that at the end of the day was not as successful as the PSOne or even the PS2 A lot of that comes down to price When the PS3 first launched, it had a base model that was a 20GB hard drive for $500, but if you wanted the full features and everything included, you're gonna have to pay $600 for the 60GB version Where the PS2 had a lot of interesting new tech, the PS3 was absolutely loaded with it

Now a lot of this stuff is easy to take for granted today, but the PlayStation 3 had some really interesting stuff Including 1080p over HDMI, WiFi that was built in, Bluetooth, wireless controllers that didn't require batteries, not like anyone would still ship that today or anything And on top of that, just like the PlayStation 2 made DVD very, very popular, the PlayStation 3 almost single-handedly made Blu-ray a success Which is especially impressive, when you consider that this was the cheapest Blu-ray player at the time, at like $600 It's clear that Sony were trying to make the most ridiculous, over the top console they could with the PS3

So take things like the slot loading Blu-ray drive, which surely cost a fortune for them to make Or things like having four USB ports, more than even a current PS4, and my personal favorite, is underneath this little flap It has a series of different memory card slots, including Compact Flash Because you know, that's what people want in a game console Unfortunately the PS3 really wasn't a huge success until the PS3 Slim came out

Now importantly, this was a much cheaper alternative to the console, but it did that by stripping out a ton of features Stuff like the extra USB ports, the card reader, and one of the really important things, was the lack of any kind of backwards compatibility with PS2 games Something that really only the launch PS3 ever had All that being said, it's easy to see why the PS3 Slim was such a huge sales success compared to the original Fat model So if you take a look at it, one of the very first things you're going to notice is that it's going to be a lot smaller

And because of that, it's also not only going to be more efficient, which then makes it quieter, makes it take less power, but also importantly, it had a lot fewer reliability issues The original Fat PS3, while it was for the most part better than something like the Xbox 360, still had its fair share of yellow light of death issues But all of that was absolutely second to the fact that the PS3 Slim was going to be a lot cheaper than the OG Now this was by far the most popular model However, they actually did make one more

The PS3 Super Slim Now the issue here was just like how the Slim was not as good as the Fat PS3, this was not as good as the PS3 Slim So my biggest problem with it was this It was just a stupid sliding door mechanism, which of course saved a lot of money, but it just feels cheap compared to the nice slot-loading drives on the originals Something that all three models share, though, is the Cell processor which was enormously expensive to develop, but did make the PlayStation 3 the most powerful console of its generation

Unfortunately, it was also the most difficult to work with console of its generation So especially in the early days with the Fat PS3, a lot of PS3 games just didn't look as good as the technically inferior Xbox 360 However, toward the end of the life cycle, as developers really got their hands on it, titles like Last of Us really go to show that there was a ton of potential in this hardware It takes exactly two seconds to realize that Last of Us is not only one of the best looking games on the PS3, but it is one of the best looking games of this entire generation It's crazy that this is running on a PS3

It's really clear that Naughty Dog was able to push this console to its absolute limit with this game Now of course, some of the Uncharted titles look really good, and there's some awesome scenes in things like God of War But for me, Last of Us was pretty much the top And of course, Last of Us was remade on the PS4, and while that's still a better looking version of the game, the fact that this is running on PS3 at all Oh, look at that

The detail, the motion blur Aw man, I love this game so much It's such an amazing game I feel like if you've never played The Last of Us, you really owe it to yourself to give it a try Continuing the trend of playing Gran Turismo on every PlayStation ever, we have GT6

Now actually this is still the most complete version of Gran Turismo that has been made up until today Aw yeah, yeah (laughs) So the physics were majorly overhauled for this version of Gran Turismo Now part of that actually is due to the fact that this is going to be a much more powerful console So with those eight SPEs, what you're getting here is a system that has a lot more power than the PlayStation 2 ever did

One of my favorite parts of Gran Turismo 6, was the idea that we actually can play inside the cockpit view, which is always the way I like to play pretty much, well, any racing game Now, one of the issues was, was that it actually did have a lot of older car models, so that not all of the actual interiors were modeled Some of them looked straight out of the PS2 But, I mean, come on, this, this is pretty good Gran Turismo 6 really is a game that pushed the PS3 to its absolute limit

Not only did it support high resolutions and high frame rates, but also the level of detail, the level of cars in here, kinda pushed it a little bit too far sometimes But it's still a game that holds up surprisingly well, even today Move onto the PlayStation 4, and you will see a huge contrast with the PS3 Whereas that system tried to do everything well, whereas yes, this does have a Netflix app, and a Blu-ray player just like it did The real focus here is on being an uncomplicated simple and straightforward gaming system

What you're not going to find is a giant leap in graphics Now sure, PS4 titles are definitely going to look better than their PS3 counterparts But, when you look traditionally at something like the PSOne to PS2 transition, or especially the PS2 to PS3 transition, there were huge, huge graphical leaps Whereas the PS4 is a little bit more of an evolutionary change Now there were some key updates

First of all, this had much more powerful graphics, which would allow games to actually hit a full 1080p pretty consistently And there's also going to be a lot more memory As opposed to 512MB of RAM on the PS3, you're getting a full 8GB of GDDR5 on the PS4, allowing it not only to be able to have much more detailed worlds, but also going to be just bigger ones Now the original PS4 was actually a pretty strong seller out of the gate, however with the addition of the PS4 Slim, as always with these kind of things, what you're getting here is going to be a smaller console It's going to be a little bit quieter, and a little bit more efficient, which is also going to be cheaper

And instead of the $400 price tag that you got on the original PS4, this guy comes in at $300 Moving on from the PS4 and the PS4 Slim, we have the PS4 Pro Now this is the first time that we've seen a mid-cycle update that actually increases the performance So in a lot of ways you can think of this as not a PS4, but as a PS45, not quite a full generational leap, but this guy is going to be a lot more powerful

The big difference here is going to be in that performance So the PS4 Pro is capable of outputting a full 4K resolution, and it also includes support for HDR Now, what's really interesting about this is that even though a lot of games are going to be aiming at a little bit of a lower resolution such as 1440p, through the use of checkerboard upscaling, the games are going to look really, really nice on a 4K display, and of course it's going to be a big leap over something like a standard PS4 Now in GT Sport, which mind you is not a full Gran Turismo game, I guess It's got a lot of the features, it's got a lot of the stuff that you would expect, but it's not maybe quite as full featured as GT6

You're still going to be getting a lot, and importantly, you're going to be getting the new engine with the new graphics Unfortunately, we don't have Mid-Field available here, but we do have Streets of Willow, which looks close enough to the other tracks, if you squint a little bit Not only are the physics improved here, but also they've done a lot with the audio So the cars actually sound like, well, cars should I mean if I cook it too hot into this corner, we hear just a ton of tire squeal

(laughs) Like I actually bump into a car, and it feels like I'm hitting an actual vehicle Jump into the cockpit view and we're gonna be getting that full detailed experience Something else that Gran Turismo Sport includes, is HDR support Now I really can't show you that in a YouTube video like this, but the idea here is that if you're playing on an HDR display, you get a really impressive range of brightnesses Something about GT Sport that really jumps out to me is just how much better it sounds than earlier versions of Gran Turismo

Instead of that sort of vague vacuum cleaner sound, you're actually getting all of the different sounds of your tires, your suspension, your tires off road, the engine Everything feels a lot more realistic because of that Also, what is that Raptor doing here, are you serious? Next we have Rise of the Tomb Raider And one of the reasons I've picked this game is because it actually has selectable graphics options So if I was playing on a normal PS4, it pretty much would just look like the way it looks like

However, we can play it not only 4K or rather an upscaled version of 4K, but you can also go for a high frame rate version, essentially 1080p at 60 Or you can go for the maximum visuals with the same 1080p resolution It's nice about a lot of PS4 Pro games, is that you do have multiple options Something that, well, consoles don't usually give you So Rise of the Tomb Raider actually is a game that was available on last generation consoles

If you count the actually surprisingly decent Xbox 360 port However, it does a very good job of showing off just what these consoles are capable of Now mind you, I actually do think that it looks a little bit better on the Xbox One X And generally speaking, that actually is the case with the PS4 Pro across the board You're going to be getting more powerful hardware there

And I died So what's interesting about the PS4 Pro is that it does give you somewhat of a generational leap So sure, it's not going to be as big a difference as going from a PS3 to a PS4 game, but we are going to be getting an increased resolution, and a lot of cases, there's going to be a lot more detail, and sometimes even better frame rates

So out of all four generations of PlayStation, which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below If you guys enjoyed this video, definitely be sure to subscribe to the channel for more content like this And smash that like button, it'll help Ken feel a little bit less empty inside Anyway guys, thank you so much for watching, and I will catch you in the next one

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