When Sony released its first ever video game system, they pulled out all the stops. In fact, the Sony PlayStation is a shining example of how to create a video game system as both the fans and the critics loved this system. With its advanced 32-bit RISC processor and CD-quality stereo sound, the PlayStation took the world by storm. Even Sega's Saturn system paled in comparison. The PlayStation has it all - fast graphics, excellent sound and the largest library of games for any 32 or 64 bit system. If you're into racing, there's Ridge Racer. For fighting games, check out Battle Arena Toshinden. If driving around in a heavily armored ice cream truck tickles your fancy, Twisted Metal will provide hours of fun. And who can forget Final Fantasy 7? To capitalize on the PlayStation's success, Sony released a consumer-level development system so you could even write your own games.(Yarooze)
The Sony PlayStation actually has a history... a quite controversial one at that. The PlayStation is the product of the un-consummated relationship between the Sony Corp. and Nintendo of Japan. The PlayStation was the name and designation of the SNES CD-ROM. NOJ and the Sony Corp. briefly combined in a joint effort in order to create a CD-ROM peripheral for the SNES; for the purpose of competing with the Sega-CD. However, NOJ suddenly defaulted on the agreement and re-announced the SNES CD, to be developed by Phillips Electronics; an European corporation. This version of the SNES CD never came to fruition, and the Sony Corp. was stuck with a working model of the SNES CD; known as the PlayStation. What to do!? Well, the Sony Corp. enhanced it, combined with LSI Logic Technologies for chip design(s), and finally released it into competition with the 'next generation' consoles; with its sights set primarily upon the Nintendo Ultra 64.
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