An event to commemorate this milestone was held in Tokyo on 3 December 2019, PlayStation’s 25th anniversary, and was attended by Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan and former CEO Ken Kutaragi, who is fondly referred to as “The father of the PlayStation” for his work leading the development of Sony’s first game console in the 1990s.
In a speech at the event, Kutaragi said, “Back when we were developing the original PlayStation, we had the ambition to sell 1 million units. I look back on that now with nostalgia. We launched the PlayStation platform with the aim of changing the face of entertainment. Receiving this award today, I feel the support of the players who have enjoyed our consoles over the years, and as the father of the PlayStation, I can see it has a bright future.”
Ryan said in Japanese, “As a British person, I’m so proud for PlayStation to be recognised by Guinness, which is itself a British company. PlayStation has an exciting future ahead, and we’ll continue to do our best!”
Both Ryan and Kutaragi thanked Sony’s many partners and the PlayStation fans around the world for their support over the decades. The short event was concluded with a photo session with PlayStation mascots Toro Inoue and Piposaru from Ape Escape, and was later followed by the 2019 edition of the PlayStation Awards.