As a lifelong PlayStation Boy, this is really tough. I’ve owned and loved every one of these, and each of them was at a very different stage of my life. I learned to game on PS1, built lifelong friendships playing around PS2, went through my teen years on PS3, and PS4 keeps me connected to friends and family far away as an adult. Both handhelds were important and complimentary parts of their contemporary home consoles for me, too.
All of them have a lot of really fucking good games that have stuck with me my entire life. Some highlights:
PS1: My literal earliest memory is playing Crash Bandicoot. My brother and I became close playing Twisted Metal 3.
PS2: Endless hours of Timesplitters 2, Champions of Norrath, and Freedom Fighters with friends and my brother. The first single player game I ever beat was Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando. I learned to love Metal Gear Solid on this.
PSP: Patapon 2 multiplayer anywhere and everywhere, late into the night.
PS3: Booting up LittleBigPlanet and starting the game with four people is the most fun and laughs I’ve ever had gaming. Warhawk stands as my favorite multiplayer game of all time. Tons of fantastic first party single player experiences.
Vita: Gravity Rush - Kat and that soundtrack are unmatched. Tearaway was an absolute delight.
PS4: Bloodborne is the greatest game ever made. My brother and my best friend both live in different cities from me, and we’ve stayed in touch almost every night on PS4 with Rocket League, Fortnite, and Apex Legends.
There are so many more important life moments that revolve around these systems. It’s almost impossible to choose, so I’m just going to go with my first thought and say PS2. But I wouldn’t be wrong with any of the four consoles (I love the handhelds too but they know their place).
PlayStation and I were born in the same year and I’ve pretty much never been without it. Except I’ve had a lot of them stolen when my house was broken into, lol.