This Month In Tech History: December – Review Geek
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The first month of winter sees some major product launches in the history of technology. One of the great video game consoles sees its start after a bitter betrayal, humans visit the moon for the final time, and the first commercially successful personal computer goes on sale. Read all about it.
December 3, 1994: Sony Launches PlayStation
Sony’s flagship gaming console, the PlayStation, actually has its origins as a Nintendo gaming system. When the “Father of the PlayStation,” Ken Kutaragi, watched his daughter play games on her Famicom, he was impressed. The Sony executive approached Nintendo about including the SPC-700 sound processor in the upcoming Super Nintendo.
Although he was nearly fired working with Nintendo without clearing it with Sony, the interaction led to a working relationship between the two companies. Nintendo contracted Sony to create a CD-ROM add-on to the Super Nintendo, dubbed the “Play Station.” But, it wasn’t meant to be. Shortly before the Play Station was to be announced at the 1991 Consumer Electronics Show, Nintendo abruptly…
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