I got a PS1 around the time they came out- I have no idea when exactly I got it, if it was a gift or what. All I know is that somehow I got it.
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I previously had a sega genesis (which I still had back when I got this but it is now long gone): and this was the next console I got after the genesis.
The PS1 out-performed the N64 and I believe it also sold better. Sony has since lost that "top-seller" status to nintendo again, when the Wii outsold the PS3 by a longshot, not due to power, but game selection, controls, and MUCH lower price-tag!
However, this was a great console for it's time, not only with top-notch graphics but with a great selection of games. Even now, I believe I have more PS1 games than PS2 games. One of my favorites was the Megaman Legends series- a 3D megaman shooter/adventure/rpg game series. I dont believe it was very popular because I dont know many people who have played it and it only spawned 2 games, neither of which was on PS2. I wish the series had "made it" to the PS2 like Ape Escape had (which was another game that I liked and still own to this day)
Of course the console is long-"dead" by now. I don't know exactly what happened to mine, it disappeared soon after I got my PS2- I have no Idea what happened to it- my parents probably sold it on ebay, because PS1 games worked on PS2 (but not the other way around, of course:)
But, while PS1 games will work on PS2, the memory cards are not backwards compatible- you must use a PS2 card for a PS2 game, and a PS1 card for a PS1 game. Sony REALLY should have made the PS2 cards able to "accept" ps1 game saves, because with the current situation, PS1 games/consoles now have a bleak future.
Many PS1 games are too big to really be finishable in 1 go-round. This means that the games needed a save feature, in the form of removable memory cards that can be purchased at game stores- or, should I say, they COULD be until the PS1 gave way to the PS2 and PS1 consoles and memory cards were soon quietly discontinued.
You're probably thinking "why is this a problem I already have cards for my PS1 games?"
Well, memory cards seem to "wear out" after a long time. I believe that they have a certain number of "write cycles" before they begin to fail. Although this number is likely extremely high, unfortunately it has been several years since the cards have been in production, so time is running out for several cards-some of mine have already failed me.
I am hoping that, eventually, someone may find a way to create a "DIY-adapter" to use another standard memory card or even a PS2 card, but I wouldnt hold my breath. Sadly, I dont know what I will do when my current PS1 cards have all failed- I dont know where, or if, I will be able to find a working PS1 memory card anymore.
The long term value is at stake here, as is the playability of many games- for some people, most of their games are on their way out. Megaman legends, for example, just wouldn't be much fun anymore, given how long it is, Bugs bunny lost in time would lose it's replay value if you couldnt just jump to any level you've already completed, and the final fantasy games (which I honestly never played) would be essentially unusable because you most likely would overheat the console before you could finish it.
once memory cards fail i know of no way to repair them. Cartridge-based consoles, on the other hand, have a small watch battery inside the cartridge for saving games. presumably the battery would not be that hard to replace- the only difficult part would be opening the cartridge, which may require a special screw driver.