For the past five years, the Sony PlayStation (PSX) has been the dominant video game system. Although challenged by the incredible technical features of the Nintendo 64 and the next generation Sega Dreamcast, the PlayStation is so popular that Sony estimates one out of every four households in the United States has one!

The PlayStation console has been the biggest seller among video game systems.

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!