Timeline: The PlayStation One Revolution

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Born from betrayal and revenge, the PSX became something far more important than a Nintendo rival

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Timeline: The PlayStation One Revolution

Postby toaplan » 18 Feb 2013, 18:12

For all of Sony's innovativeness, as a newcomer, they took a lot of cues from Sega and Nintendo. The design of the PS1 console is insipired by the Super Famicom, especially the joypad... even the A/V output jack is the same. They studied Sega's marketing, who were the pioneers of "edgy" and cool video game advertising, although Sony's marketing was more sophisticated and aimed at a broader audience. Sega of America's boss Tom Kalinske was also an advocate of the "razor and blades" business model and price cuts were an important part of the marketing of the Genesis / Mega Drive. The arcadey early lineup of the PS1 (Ridge Racer, TohShinDen, Tekken, WipeOut etc.) also seemed somewhat Sega-esque. As for Crash Bandicoot...
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Postby Osiris25 » 18 Feb 2013, 18:15

Its always funny that crucial parts of the story are missed out when discussing the Nintendo Sony saga. Nintendo did indeed back stab Sony but they also had reasons too. The truth was Sony were concerned about Nintendo's raising status and financial boom and wanted to cash in on this to stop their rise (it should be noted that companies pecking order has a major part to play in Japanese business at that time). The deal they wanted to push through with Nintendo was to mean they got all the profit from the CD based game sales and a share of the Cartridge sales as well, and they could license the Snes/CD combo to whoever they wanted (which understandable Nintendo would not have wanted) Hence Nintendo quickly backed out and teamed up with Philips. Finally Nintendo Sony and Philips agreed to work together on the format but it didn't take long for that to fail and they all went there separate ways. There is some video game history that sadly often gets missed and shows why both Nintendo and Sony had cause to battle each other in the future console wars. It was documented in a book released just after the incident called "Game Over". A damn could read.
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Postby El Mag » 18 Feb 2013, 18:20

One of my lasting impressions of the original PlayStation, and one a few here have no doubt witnessed, was having to do this when you wanted to play a game....

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Apart from that it was all good. Even that weird Jumping Flash game.
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Postby sammikid » 18 Feb 2013, 18:22

I'm a Sony fan and this article clearly demonstrates why.

Long Live Play!
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Postby a_adji » 18 Feb 2013, 18:23

I use to love the Sony brand but I have moved away and yet stories like this and their new phone are making re-think yet again.

CVG, I always clown you guys for your trolling of Nintendo stories etc but although I and many people know the story, this was a bloody good read that makes me appreciate what they did.
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Postby ghuk » 18 Feb 2013, 19:16

Still to this day I remember parting with my hard earned cash for one of the first Jap imported PS1's with a step down power convertor, RGB lead + copies of Toshinden & Ridge Racer. It was probably the first time that you could have 3D style arcade games in your house and it literally blew me away. :D
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Postby jaycee900 » 18 Feb 2013, 19:31

Btw Tomb Raider was a Sega Saturn game before being ported to Playstation.
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Postby DoomGuy84 » 18 Feb 2013, 19:48

I was a Mega Drive/SNES owner when the PS1 was released but when my mate (the spoilt kid of the class) got a PS1 not long after it came out and invited me around to play on it i never looked back. Just the games being on CD was amazing to me and Playstation was just very cool at that time. It sort of defined the 90's for me - videogames and music (Wipeout soundtrack anyone? :D )
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Postby DoomGuy84 » 18 Feb 2013, 19:52

ghuk wrote:Still to this day I remember parting with my hard earned cash for one of the first Jap imported PS1's with a step down power convertor, RGB lead + copies of Toshinden & Ridge Racer. It was probably the first time that you could have 3D style arcade games in your house and it literally blew me away. :D


Having Ridge Racer and Sega Rally was like having your own arcade in your house! Amazing times.
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Postby djreplay » 18 Feb 2013, 20:01

I think they should bring back the line "Do not underestimate the power of PlayStation"
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Postby toaplan » 18 Feb 2013, 20:10

ghuk wrote:Still to this day I remember parting with my hard earned cash for one of the first Jap imported PS1's with a step down power convertor, RGB lead + copies of Toshinden & Ridge Racer. It was probably the first time that you could have 3D style arcade games in your house and it literally blew me away. :D


I also imported both the PS1, with Ridge Racer - and the Saturn, with Virtua Fighter - in December 1994. I got the Saturn first, as it was released about 2 weeks earlier (late November) in Japan. At the time, I had already been playing next gen games like Need for Speed and Road Rash on the 3DO and Doom on a 486 PC, so it wasn't like going suddenly from SNES / MD games to cutting-edge PSX / Saturn games. But I was nevertheless also blown away by Virtua Fighter and the even more stunning Ridge Racer. Both were near-perfect conversions of high-end 3D coin-ops and the visual crispness and fluidity of motion of the games was clearly a step above anything on the 3DO or PC. Definitely one of the best gaming Xmases ever.

Buying a console at launch has its disadvantages, costs and risks - but a big console launch is always a special occasion and being an early adopter makes it all the more memorable.
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Postby Stan_Goodspeed » 18 Feb 2013, 20:40

That PSone boot up sound... Man, that really defines late 90's gaming to me. Memories... 8)
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Postby Funkymonk » 18 Feb 2013, 20:53

Metal Gear Solid, FF7, Resident Evil, Soul Reaver, Wipeout, Tomb Raider. Great console.
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Postby dwhlufc » 18 Feb 2013, 20:56

That was a fantastic read, nice one, Rob.

Out of all the systems I've owned I think I have the fondest memories of gaming with my PS1. There's way to many games to list but ill never forget the first time I played Wipeout 2097 and thinking how is this even possible outside of an arcade! It just blew me away and totally changed the way I viewed games as just something to do to burn time and into something I wanted to make time for.
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Re: Timeline: The PlayStation One Revolution

Postby Bambis Dad » 18 Feb 2013, 21:17

Am I going to have to be the fly in the ointment again? Normally I'd take it like fly to the proverbial ointment but I still can't stand the PS1. It might have been a massive success but to me it took gaming too mainstream. Many of the complaints levelled at Nintendo during the Wii's life are the same that were brought up first during the PS1's life. It might have been better for third parties but I never got all the fuss.
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