Sony PlayStation 25th Anniversary: Thanks to Nintendo

On December 3, 1994, Sony launched its first-generation PlayStation console in Japan with great success, establishing the company’s importance in the gaming industry and continuing to this day. Interestingly, in the late 1980s, Nintendo began to connect with Sony in the hope that it would work for the CD-ROM accessory for its upcoming SNES console, as well as a stand-alone device called Play Station, which can play SNES games and read discs at the same time.

Sony PlayStation 25th Anniversary: Originally Had to 'Thank You' For Nintendo

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Unfortunately, the two companies eventually parted ways because of a licensing dispute. Even so, Sony has not given up on the project, but has decided to continue to develop the system.

Sony PlayStation 25th Anniversary: Originally Had to 'Thank You' For Nintendo

On September 9, 1995, Sony finally launched PlayStation to the North American market, and has a number of high-performing games, including Firefighter, Ridge Racing, ESPN Extreme Sports, and Breaking NBA: Competitive Edition.

In the end, Sony sold more than 102 million PlayStations, enough to top the game console’s all-time bestseller list. If you count subsequent generations of products, the company occupies three of the top five seats in history.

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