How PlayStation Works

The PlayStation console was once the biggest seller among video game systems. See more video game system pictures.

The Sony PlayStation (PSX) was once the dominant video game system. Although challenged by the incredible technical features of the Nintendo 64 and the next generation Sega Dreamcast at the time, the PlayStation was so popular that Sony estimated that one out of every four households in the United States had one.­­

In this edition of HowStuffWorks, you will learn about the development of the PSX, what's inside the box and how it all works together. You will also learn about the controller, including the popular Dual Shock version.