System Of The Century: PlayStation

The first PlayStation from Sony almost didn’t happen. Originally the system was a joint project between Sony and Nintendo where Sony was developing a CD-ROM for Nintendo’s Super Famicom – something Sony revealed at the 1991 Consumer Electronics Show. The story goes that a day after the announcement, Nintendo decided to instead go with Phillips due to both Sony and Nintendo unable to agree on a revenue split. Sony was not happy and President Norio Ohga appointed Ken Kutaragi as the head of the PlayStation project. Still the project had another hurdle to overcome at a board meeting. The meeting held in June of 92 had Kutaragi remind the board and the CEO of the humiliation that Nintendo had inflated on them and the decision was made to go ahead with the project.

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