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Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 13  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 05-17-2006
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The 1991 Sony Play Station prototype. It would have been a game system capable of playing CD-based games designed for it AND Super Nintendo cartridges.


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5-17-2006 @ 06:05:08 PM
Posted By : Obsidian Reply | Edit | Del
Now wouldn't that violate a trademark or two if it went into production.

5-17-2006 @ 06:06:17 PM
Posted By : Altima35se2003 Reply | Edit | Del
#1, unless they had an agreement.

5-17-2006 @ 08:38:50 PM
Posted By : Subourbon187 Reply | Edit | Del
Nintendo had approached Sony to develop a CD-ROM add on for the SNES, in fact the SNES had a Sony sound synthesizer. But when the Nintendo chairman read the contract he flipped out and split from Sony, instead allying with Phillips. Sony was going to scrap the "Playstation" project but ultimately decided to finish it as it's own stand-alone console and this caused Nintendo to file a breach of contract suit and attempt to get an injuction against the release of Sony's flagship console, a federal judge denied the injunction and the two companies eventually worked out a deal where the original Playstation would port SNES games but Nintendo would own the rights and reap the profits of each title. But by 1993 the SNES technology was nearing obsolesence so Sony decided to redesign their machine and give the finger to Nintendo. Only 200 of the above consoles were ever released.

5-17-2006 @ 08:41:38 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#3, Oh, right, I must have screwed up in the description... this system couldn't play SNES cartridges, but could play direct ports of the games, most probably in disc-form.

5-17-2006 @ 08:52:24 PM
Posted By : motopsycho Reply | Edit | Del
#4, hence the cooler versions of Rockman X.

5-17-2006 @ 09:50:34 PM
Posted By : Subourbon187 Reply | Edit | Del
#4, Well, the original concept add on was designed to play cartridges and SNES games on CD format, but I believe that was before the Nintendo chairman split from Sony, then the prototype after that was solely CD based hardware IIRC. Either way it is interesting to see how Yamauchi's screw-over resulted in Sony eventually stomping all over Nintendo

4-19-2018 @ 06:20:28 PM
Posted By : Obsidian Reply | Edit | Del
Strange how time trundles onward. Cartridges consoles and disc-media are practically dead - and digital distribution killed them. The legacy of cartridges exist somewhat for Nintendo and its Switch - but at least those old cartridge conditioned me to demand faster access times in all my hardware.

4-19-2018 @ 07:16:17 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#7, When the internet completely collapses due to rampant lack of cyber security and society is descending into flames, I'll stand with my enormous collection of packaged-media and laugh... even though I probably won't have power to operate a disc-player...

4-19-2018 @ 07:36:52 PM
Posted By : Obsidian Reply | Edit | Del
#8, At that point they might become a new form of currency - at which point you stand to become the wealthiest landowner in all of Neo-Florida.

4-19-2018 @ 07:52:17 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#9, Regional Governor of the Fort where University of Florida once stood... that's my goal.

4-19-2018 @ 09:36:34 PM
Posted By : Obsidian Reply | Edit | Del
#10, Nah - dictator for life. I hope you're taking notes on how African warlords do it nowadays. You've got the money - the army - and your new nation states' flag has an AK and a DVD box set on it.

4-20-2018 @ 03:35:52 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#8, Nintendo's stubborn adherence to cartridges almost knocked them out of the market, they were afraid of "piracy" if they went digital / CD as anyone could burn one that was the fear, so they made the N64 cart-based when the technology to go to CDS was right there, and even the Game Cube had proprietary CDs, again, based on fears of losing control of the software side of the market. The Wii, and the return to "kid and family games", for all it's ridicule, was really what SAVED Nintendo, they were languishing in third behind the "serious gamer" systems that had better performance due to having ditched carts as soon as it became feasible.

4-20-2018 @ 07:41:34 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#12, To be fair, Nintendo was right to believe CD-based gaming would open the door to piracy... but, even as bad as it got for the PlayStation, it never reached a level where it affected the bottom line.

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