Edge Explores The Genesis Of The PlayStation

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The history of Sony's original PlayStation is largely well known to gamers, born of a disagreement with Nintendo, who it once partnered with to provide a CD-ROM drive for the Super Nintendo.


That disagreement, which reportedly infuriated Sony president Norio Ohga, let to a transition in power. Edge explores the birth of the console that would ultimately change the landscape of the industry, with Sony chinking away at the armor of then-dominant consoles from Sega and Nintendo with its PlayStation. As a companion piece to the magazine's historical piece on the "Fall of Nintendo," it's a fascinating follow-up.

Not only do readers get a peek at preliminary PlayStation logos—which some have probably seen before—and the evolution of the console's controllers, we get a chance to see the old Sony guard in their prime, when Phil Harrison had hair and Ken Kutaragi had a real job.


There's real drama here, when consoles had surprise launches, executives undercut the prices set by their Japanese bosses and games like the original Tekken were complete unknowns. Fascinating stuff.

The Making Of: PlayStation [Edge-Online] [Image Credit]

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I was a self proclaimed Nintendo fanboy back then. I even swore once back in 1996 before the inminent Christmas presents when I was to get my N64 (I was 11) that were I to get a PSX I wouldnt even open it. You have no idea how serious I was. I hated Sega and I loathed even more the PSX. For me there was no questioning what was to play videogames: Nintendo.

As the years passed the loyalty became envy. I was still loathing the PSX but now, for the first time ever, with envy. Seeing a FMV in FF7, the great mature story in Parasite Eve and epic games that spanned *gasp* 3 CDs was too much. Especially when I was to go back home and play Banjo Kazzoie and Diddy Kong Racing.

Finally, after years of mental and moral struggle and fighting with my PC when trying to play FF7 on it (oh yeah, I bought FF7 for the PC, I was not to become an infidel and buy a PSX for that!... I later did rebuyed the game for PS1) the impending release of FF8 broke me. On one hand I had the "big" holiday release of *shudder* Donkey Kong 64 on N64 and on the other I had *drool* FF8 on PS1. I couldn't take it anymore. December 25, 1999 was the day I turned my back on my Nintendo loyalty.

It was a long and hard process but Sony had won me over little by little. Game after game on the PS1 that targeted an older audience (I was 14, I was a big kid now!) like Dino Crisis and Metal Gear Solid (damn, I was playing a hollywood movie and with voices!!!) and countless RPGs won me over. Never stopped buying Nintendo games and products and was still a fan. *WAS* a fan, until 2008 rolled in and realized the Wii had nothing for me anymore and since then have never been closer to a PS console before like Im right now with my PS3.

All hail the PS1. They won fair and square the battle. And deservedly so.