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Top 5 Product Launches that Broke the Internet!

Let's see some of internet-smashing product launches!

The internet has seen its fair share of product launches that sent the online world into a frenzy, with website crashes, social media meltdowns, and unprecedented levels of hype. Here are 5 of the most notable ones!

1. PlayStation 2 (4th March, 2000)

PS2 2000

The PS2 wasn't just a game console; it was an entertainment hub. It played DVDs, CDs, and games, making it a versatile device for the living room. With a massive library of games and backward compatibility with the original PlayStation, the PS2 was a must-have for gamers, selling over 155 million units worldwide.

The PS2 became the best-selling video game console in history, selling over 155 million units worldwide, a record that still stands today.

Key Features

  • DVD Player: At launch, the PS2 was often cheaper than standalone DVD players, making it an attractive option for consumers looking for an all-in-one entertainment device. This helped popularize DVD technology and solidified the console's place in living rooms.

  • CD Player: The ability to play both CDs and DVDs expanded its functionality, making it a complete audio and video entertainment hub.

  • Backward Compatibility: Unlike competitors at the time, the PS2 could play most original PlayStation games, offering a vast library of titles at launch and appealing to existing PlayStation fans.

2. Nintendo Wii (19th November, 2006)

2006 Nintendo Wii

The Wii brought motion-controlled gaming to the masses, making it accessible and fun for everyone, regardless of age or gaming experience. Its innovative design and family-friendly games like Wii Sports were a hit, with demand far exceeding supply.

The demand for the Wii was unprecedented. Shortages were widespread, with lines snaking around stores and online pre-orders crashing websites. This launch-day excitement cemented the Wii's cultural impact and established it as a must-have item.

The Wii's influence extends beyond its sales figures:

  • Casual Gaming Boom: The Wii popularized casual gaming, demonstrating the vast potential of an untapped market. This trend continues to influence game development today.

  • Motion Control Inspiration: The Wii Remote's success paved the way for further exploration of motion control technology in gaming, influencing future consoles and VR experiences.

  • Family Gaming Focus: The Wii's success highlighted the importance of family-friendly and social gaming experiences, impacting game design and marketing strategies.

3. iPhone (29th June, 2007)

First generation iPhone launched on June 29th, 2007

Apple's revolutionary smartphone wasn't just a new device; it was a paradigm shift. The combination of a touchscreen interface, powerful apps, and sleek design sent shockwaves through the industry and captured the imagination of millions.

Pre-orders crashed Apple's website, and lines snaked around stores on launch day. The iPhone's impact is still felt today, shaping how we interact with technology and the world around us.

Key Features

  • 3.5-inch touchscreen display: This was a significant departure from the small, button-laden screens of other smartphones at the time.

  • Virtual keyboard: The on-screen keyboard replaced the physical keyboards common in other smartphones, offering a more intuitive and responsive typing experience.

  • Safari web browser: The iPhone offered a full-fledged web browser, unlike the limited web access available on other smartphones.

  • Visual voicemail: This innovative feature allowed users to see a list of their voicemails and choose which ones to listen to, rather than having to listen to them sequentially.

  • App Store: The launch of the App Store with 500 apps at launch opened up a world of possibilities, allowing users to customize their phones with a variety of applications for work, entertainment, and more.

4. Adidas Yeezy (29th October, 2015)

First Adidas Yeezy 950 in β€œPeyote” colorway

Kanye West's collaboration with Adidas on the Yeezy line of sneakers created an unprecedented level of hype and demand. Each new release would sell out instantly, with prices skyrocketing on the resale market. The combination of celebrity culture, limited availability, and unique design made Yeezys a must-have for sneakerheads and fashion enthusiasts alike.

The online frenzy surrounding each launch cemented their place as one of the most sought-after sneakers of all time.

Key Features

Kanye West's Star Power

  • West's influence as a music and fashion icon was undeniable. His outspoken personality created a captivating narrative around the brand, blurring the lines between music, fashion, and lifestyle.

  • He wasn't afraid to disrupt, pushing boundaries with innovative designs and controversial statements, keeping the spotlight firmly on Yeezys.

Design that Stood Out

  • West steered the design aesthetic towards minimalism, often featuring muted tones and unconventional materials. This distinct, fashion-forward look resonated with those seeking something different from mainstream sneakers.

  • Collaborations with renowned designers like Virgil Abloh added another layer of intrigue and innovation to the designs.

5. Pokemon Go (6th July, 2016)

Pokemon Go playing catching Pokemons in an area

This augmented reality game took the world by storm, overlaying Pokemon characters onto the real world through players' smartphones. It encouraged people to get outside, explore their surroundings, and uniquely connect with others.

The launch was explosive, with servers struggling to keep up with demand and players venturing far and wide to catch virtual creatures. Pokemon Go's social media presence was immense, with millions sharing their experiences and discoveries online.

Key Factors

Augmented Reality Magic

  • Overlaying Pokemon onto the real world through smartphones was a novel concept, merging the digital and physical in a captivating way. It blurred the lines between fantasy and reality, immersing players in a unique Pokemon adventure.

  • The element of discovery fueled exploration, encouraging players to step outside their comfort zones and explore their surroundings, rediscovering forgotten parks and hidden corners of their cities.

Social Connection & Camaraderie

  • Unlike traditional video games, Pokemon Go encouraged social interaction. Players teamed up to take down gyms, shared tips and strategies, and formed local communities based on their shared passion.

  • This fostered a sense of belonging and camaraderie, bringing people together in a fun and engaging way, combating feelings of isolation, and encouraging real-world connections.

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"A disruptive product isn't just different, it's better."

Clayton M. Christensen
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