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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=52665
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 6  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 05-17-2006
View Stats Category: Off-topic
Description:
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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#1
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.

#2
5-17-2006 @ 06:06:17 PM
Posted By : Altima35se2003 Reply | Edit | Del
#1, unless they had an agreement.

#3
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.

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

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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

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