When the Sega Dreamcast launched in 1999, Sony wisely rested on the laurels of their ageing PlayStation. Over the course of five years, the company's first bit of kit had dramatically reshaped the console landscape; as Nintendo had ahead of the Mega Drive's launch in 1989, the market leaders took a backseat as they observed their competitor's next move.
The response came swiftly and brutally, as the PS2 shattered Sega's dreams, forcing them out of the hardware market for good.
Staying slightly behind the curve paid immense dividends for the PS1 back then, and it is once more. Having watched Nintendo invigorate the nostalgia hardware market over the past few years, Sony have finally played their own hand, unveiling a true PlayStation Portable lined up just in time for Christmas.
Five games have already been announced - Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer IV, Wild Arms and Jumping Flash. It's a line-up that suggests the company aren't at total liberty over its library - and that many top titles will be forcibly omitted. Were that not the case, these are the fifteen that absolutely must make the cut. Narrowing a back catalogue of just under 8000 games to three-hands' worth isn't easy, so fair warning - many of you will be disappointed.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.