Last week players saw Sony (NYSE:SNE) launch its next-gen console, the PlayStation 4, across all of North America, with reportedly 1 million PS4 units sold on launch day.

With Europe and Latin America eagerly awaiting the launch of the PlayStation 4 on Nov. 29, Sony hopes to capitalize on the momentum built up from the PS4’s launch, which will surely bring Sony closer to the 5 million PS4 units it aims to sell by the end of fiscal year 2013, or March 31, 2014.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has also shown itself to be just as competitive with its newly launched Xbox One, with more than 1 million units sold since its launch on Friday.

If lifetime PlayStation console sales from each generation are a good indicator, Sony may be well on its way its 5 million units goal for the PS4.

Sony’s impressive track record for selling PlayStation consoles is undeniable, with the PlayStation 2 still holding the crown of most units sold throughout its lifetime at roughly 155 million units. In comparison, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 would need to combine their total lifetime sales of 80 million units apiece, in order to match and barely exceed the number of PS2 units sold.

While those numbers look quite impressive, the history behind the PlayStation technology leading up to launch of the PS4 is even more so.

Westbase Technology, a UK-based wireless communications specialist firm, created an extensive timeline infographic that traces the history of Sony’s entire PlayStation platform – from the 1993 launch of the first-generation PlayStation, to Sony’s newest console, the PlayStation 4.

Take a look at the infographic below, courtesy of Westbase Technology:


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