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Emmy for Sony PlayStation 3D work
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Sony changed the face of gaming with its PlayStation console
Sony's PlayStation console has won an Emmy from the US National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

The console was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Advanced New Media award for its early work on 3D polygon-based gaming.

Sony has dominated the games console business with its PSOne and PS2 for a decade, despite competition from Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo.

But the next year is key for all three as they release their new consoles.

The next generation of consoles promise to push 3D gaming technology even further.

"Emerging technologies in digital media play an important role in the way in which people consume in-home entertainment, and gaming in particular has been a consistent source of innovation in recent years," said Seth Haberman, chair of the Video Gaming and Technology Awards panel for NATAS.

He added that when the first PlayStation entered the market, in 1994 in Japan and 1995 in the rest of the world, it signalled a significant shift in gaming.

Until the PlayStation, the gaming business was dominated by Nintendo and its Super NES console, Sega and Atari.

Mass market

Ken Kutaragi, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said the award was an honour and added that the consoles' success had exceeded his "wildest expectations".

"When the concept for PlayStation was in its infancy in the early 1990s, we had a dream to elevate the quality of computer graphics from a 2D-based environment to a rich, realistic 3D experience," he said.

Image of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console
Microsoft's Xbox 360 console comes out in November
"At the same time, we intended to bring in a new form of entertainment through the living room in a manner that would allow people all over the world to enjoy the pleasures of interactive entertainment."

A polygon is an area defined by lines and is the way in which 3D objects are created and manipulated in games.

Many games are now incredibly realistic with almost photorealistic graphic quality. This is thanks to advances in increasingly sophisticated graphics card technology and more powerful processor capabilities.

Largely because of its impressive graphics technology for the time and the types of games that it introduced, Sony opened up the world of gaming to a much wider audience in the 90s.

But the battle for the console crown could become a fierce one as the next generation of powerful games console machines go on sale.

Microsoft is first out of the block with its Xbox 360, which goes on sale in the US in November.

Sony's PlayStation 3 is due for release in spring 2006, with Nintendo's Revolution due out later in the year.

Sales success

Sony's first PlayStation console (PSOne) went on sale in Japan on 3 December 1994. Its early years were very much associated with the iconic Lara Croft adventures.

By the next year it had gone on sale worldwide, and by January 1996 global sales hit 3.4 million.

Sony shipped its 100 millionth PlayStation earlier this year, helped along by the 2000 launch of a smaller version of the original PSOne.

The millennium saw the release of the second generation console the PlayStation 2. Last year, a slimmed down version of the PS2 was released, boosting sales once more.

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