The date was December the 3rd 1994 and Japan had just released the PlayStation, a brand new console from Sony, Sony would compete against the popular Nintendo and Sega companies and beat both of them, solidifying Sony as one of the most popular Games Console creators of all time.
That popularity has somewhat faded away, but we cannot forget one of the greatest consoles of all time or the people who were responsible for it, so im going to write a short history, gathered from various sources around the internet
The PlayStation was the the child of the awesome Ken Kutaragi, many of us who hold huge respect for the guy, refer to him as The Father Of PlayStation, he is the reason you played the PS1, he is the reason you played the PS2, the PSP, The Ps3 and the PS Vita, he is the reason you spent thousands and thousands of hours enjoying games on a Sony console.
Though the PlayStation might never have existed, because of Sony’s ignorance and arrogance, here is a little quote from Wikipedia, so you understand what i mean:
In the late 1980s, Kutaragi was watching his daughter play a Famicom and realized the potential that existed within video games. At that particular time, Sony’s executives had very little interest in video games. Thus, when Nintendo expressed the need for a wave-table sound chip for its upcoming new 16-bit system, Kutaragi immediately accepted. Working in secret, he designed and built the chip, the SPC700. When they found out, Sony’s executives were furious. Only with Sony CEO Norio Ohga’s help was Kutaragi able to push the project to completion and keep his job.
Sony had zero interest in creating games consoles, or even working in any way with them, though Ken Kutaragi managed to persuade them into funding his project in creating a Snes CD, this work resulted in a device known as “Play Station”, software and games would have been released on a new format called Super CD.
Sony and Nintendo fell out and thus ended the “Play Station” project, but it didn’t stop Ken Kutaragi working on his device, he worked on this device against the desires of Sony Executives but had the backing of Sony CEO Norio Ohga, so a few years later, on the 3rd of December 1994, the PlayStation was released.
Ken Kutaragi continued to work on the PS2 but would end up retiring, this retirement is surrounded in controversy and many believe that he was pushed out of the company, the man that made Sony millions, the man that made Sony one of the most popular companies in the world, was expected to become the CEO and President of Sony
So Thank You Ken Kutaragi and Happy Birthday PlayStation
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