PS4 takes on Xbox One in PlayStation evolution video

With a cheaper price, the PS4 is taking on the Xbox One. But does it stand a chance? We examine the history behind the PlayStation to find out.

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Watch this: Evolution of the PlayStation

With a cheaper price and no online restrictions, Sony's new PlayStation 4 is poised to do battle with Microsoft's Xbox One. But can it succeed? We look to the history of the PlayStation for answers.

Click play on the video above to see the genesis of Sony's console traced in video form. From humble beginnings in the mid-nineties the PlayStation evolved into the best-selling games console of all time, via the likes of Final Fantasy 7, DVD-compatibility and one jaw-dropping dinosaur demo.

A non-stop success story until the release of the PlayStation 3, Sony's third console saw the Japanese gaming giant lose ground to new rival Microsoft and Nintendo's casual gamer-friendly Wii system.

In the video above we examine why Sony's third console wasn't the runaway success that its predecessor was, and ask whether the PS4 will be the console to reverse the trend and put the PlayStation back on top.

Hit play, and brace yourself for a heady dose of nostalgia as we travel back through time to examine Sony's gaming roots, and let me know which PlayStation console is your favourite -- and whether the PS4 can outpace the Xbox One -- in the comments below or on our Facebook wall.