Nintendo PlayStation

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  1. Kat

    Kat I wish this CT were orange Super Moderator

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    I've read the story many times and always found it ironic that Nintendo effectively spawned the company (Sony Computer Entertainment) that toppled them from the top of the tree.

    It's a cool piece of video game history, and an interesting look at what could have been. That said, I'm not really convinced that a CD add on would have worked at all.
     
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    Can you imagine the value of it?
     
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    It's covered here:

    Love that guy's channel. Wish he made more videos more often.
     
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    Yeah, it didn't work out well for them this way, but I'm not sure they would've been better off taking the deal. It sounds like Sony was going to position themselves to take them over either way.

    The whole idea is a bit wonky, isn't it? Can you imagine a gaming device nowadays that has multiple drives for completely different media types? Why didn't they just go with the CD? It was clearly superior technology.
     
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    They wouldn't have been better off with the deal. In reality, the whole project was a massive mistake.

    I don't think Sony would have entered the gaming market with their own machine if it wasn't for the aborted deal. Nintendo originally went to Sony because they were supplying hardware used in the SNES (the audio chip specifically), and I think hypothetically speaking if they hadn't have done that then Sony would have at most continued working with Nintendo on the hardware side. Entering the games market fresh was incredibly difficult and risky at the time, and I think only by working with the established name of Nintendo would Sony have had the confidence to do it. Once Sony had made that investment however, since the CD add-on had required a lot of work (it wasn't just a drive and cable), it made sense for them to try and push on with their separate console, especially given what I say in paragraph 4.

    I think Sony's idea was to do a mix of games and multimedia with the CD, but I think it would have just caused consumer confusion. As for why Ninty didn't go for the CD with the SNES, I think it was mainly because there was not much benefit - the games those days weren't very big file size wise, and high quality audio and video was a few years off - and there are downsides to CDs including piracy, higher load times and less profit (since devs had to buy the cartridges direct from Nintendo).

    As an aside, why didn't they go with CDs for the N64? That was the second major error that Nintendo made in the decade. To be honest from what I've read third-party devs had long been pissed off with Nintendo for their tight restrictions, insistence on buying cartridges directly from them, but stuck with them because it was too big of a player and they couldn't afford to lose the sales. But the difference when the N64 came out, with it being very difficult to code on and still using the small capacity and expensive cartridges, was that there was a competitor in the PlayStation that offered them a genuinely better choice. CDs were cheaper, Sony were a lot less uptight and most importantly they could make big scale 3D games lavished with proper video and audio. I'd argue that Nintendo has never recovered fully from this.