Well, it's a belated birthday: the first ever PlayStation was launched in Europe on September 29th, 1995. In the days before motion control, even before full analogue control, the PSX was still one of the most exciting console launches in history.
Crushing Sega's Saturn console – though that's a story for another site – the PlayStation went on to become one of the best-selling consoles in history, introducing millions of newcomers to the world of gaming. It helped shape the development of the games industry and Sony on the map as an entertainment force to be reckoned with.
Happy birthday, PlayStation.