As we reported yesterday, the NES is now 30 years old. Nintendo's 8-bit console is arguably one of the most important video game hardware releases of all time, as it laid down the third party software licensing framework that still exists today and resorted consumer faith in a console market which had been all but destroyed by the video game crash of 1983.

In fact, were it not for iconic grey toaster, the video game industry would be totally different today - and it's nice to see Nintendo's rivals acknowledge this. Sony - the maker of the PlayStation 4, arguably the most popular games platform of this generation in terms of sales momentum - has taken to Twitter to publicly pass on its regards to Nintendo's legendary console:

If you were feeling particularly unkind you could say that it's easy to be magnanimous when you're top of the pile, but those who recall the bitter console wars of the '90s will find such honesty refreshing.