The First PlayStation was launched in Japan on 3 December 1994 sporting a sleek design and CD format, meaning games were bigger, 3D-capable and with superior sound to what came before it. PlayStation was the brainchild of Ken Kutaragi, a Sony executive who managed one of the company's hardware engineering division and was later called "The Father of the PlayStation". The PlayStation, which retailed for 37,000 Yen (around $387), skyrocketed in popularity and was considered Sony's most important product since the Walkman. It was later launched in the United States in September 1995 and saw instant success. Along with it the PlayStation Controller (1994), designed with four shoulder buttons instead of the standard two, Teiyu Goto, the PlayStation Controller Designer gave developers the potential to explore more gameplay possibilities. After which was followed by Dual Analog Controller(1997), and then the original DUALSHOCK (1997). Ridge Racer is a 1993 racing video game