In the current console game market there are three titans: Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. The big three have dominated the games market long enough for young players to be ignorant that they have ever been different. Almost three decades ago, when the console market was just gaining momentum, this was another story: Sega and Nintendo were embroiled in a binary opposition in which each company outperformed each other and there was little competition.
Part of In this video game "arms race" Nintendo entered into a business collaboration with the music and technology giant Sony. The goal of the cooperation was the creation of a CD-ROM unit for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). To this end, Sony has commissioned Ken Kutaragi, a prominent manager of the company, to develop the CD-ROM system. The project went so far that at the Consumer Electronics Show in June 1
A day after the announcement at CES, Nintendo broke the agreement with Sony, allegedly for disagreement over the distribution of revenue between the two companies, and went straight to Philips to continue the project. Sony executives, who spent years investing in the partnership and developing the project, were understandably angry at the upheaval. Sony President Norio Ohga then charged Ken Kutaragi with developing the project into a fully Sony-managed game console.
Sony launched the original PlayStation in December 1994. It sold 120 million units and was the first gaming console to break the 100 million unit mark. Nintendo had not released a disk-based game console until the GameCube in 2001. The Game Cube sold a total of 21.74 million units.
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