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The PS1 tapped into a new age group for console gaming. Smart marketing, more 'mature' games and the (unintended) ability to pirate games made it a great success. The ps1 was promoted in night clubs in Amsterdam where you could play GT1 while chilling out.

Nintendo was still seen as a kids toy, plus cartridges were far more expensive and no piracy. PCs were still very expensive to game on. In Europe PS1 basically took the Amiga crowd when Commodore became less popular.