Five years may be a long time for most gadgets and consumer electronics, but you could argue that's just when video game consoles really hit their prime. Reaching that mark today is the Sony PlayStation 3
, which made its North American debut on November 17th, 2006 (a week after its launch in Japan). In those five years it's helped Blu-ray win a format war
, introduced gamers to some new, now-familiar characters like Sackboy and Nathan Drake, and delved into the realms of 3D
-- dropping quite a bit from its original $500 starting price along the way. Of course, it has also seen more than its share of hiccups
. Sony's collecting some thoughts from game developers on its blog to mark the occasion, and you're naturally welcome to share your own in the comments below.