A device as compact as it is revolutionary. A dream machine that for twenty-five years has never ceased to excite generations of kids.
The Sony PlayStation, the object of the desire of millions of young videogames enthusiasts, shouldn’t have existed but thanks to the stubbornness of an engineer considered a hot head, Ken Kutaragi, today it is among the longest-running game consoles in the history of technology and will continue to evolve.
In fact, towards the end of the eighties, Sony had made agreements with Nintendo to produce a cd player to be connected to the super Nintendo.
The agreement between the two companies, however, jumped because the president of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, opposed the fact that Sony would have control over the titles being released, a clause that Sony didn’t want to give up.
The agreement skipped, but Sony continued the experiments started in the sector in order not to frustrate the work started during the preliminary phases of the collaboration with Nintendo. In that team there was Ken Kutaragi, a brilliant engineer not inclined to corporate mediation and very determined to complete the creation of that video game CD player.
The result of his stubbornness is a double success known all over the world with the name of PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2.
The sales of the consoles, in fact, saved Sony in difficult years and for this reason Kutaragi was indicated as the successor of the then CEO Nobuyuki Idei.
His rise, however, was stopped by the too expensive construction of the PlayStation 3 and the consequent hiring as CEO of Howard Stringer’s company in 2005. Kutaragi resigned in 2006 but is still called “dad PlayStation” in the world.
The myth of the Play, however, continues with cloud gaming, an interactive video streaming service, and the challenge to the big giants like Google.