Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida Comments on Unearthed Nintendo PlayStation Hybrid Console


Sony And Nintendo PlayStation

A very unlikely partnership occurred in the early ‘90s that many may not know about. More than 20 years ago, Nintendo and Sony decided to partner up to face the immense competition from companies such as Sega with its Genesis console. There had been rumors of Sega planning for a CD-ROM add-on to the Genesis console. Sony had already developed a significant piece for the Super Nintendo’s internals, which then sparked the two electronics giants to work together on a video game accessory that would add a CD capability system to the famous Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The “Nintendo PlayStation” would have been a Sony system sold separately, while allowing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to play SNES cartridge games along with SNES CDs.

Presently, it is known that Nintendo and PlayStation are now completely separate entities. It is said that the original deal between Nintendo and Sony broke off due to a partnership that the former announced with Philips, a Sony competitor, for the optical add-on. Approximately 200 prototype units of the Nintendo PlayStation were produced and destroyed.

The current President of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, joined Sony in 1986 which was five years before the division unveiled, and subsequently canned, the SNES-CD add-on system. In a recent interview at the E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo, Shuhei Yoshida acknowledged the existence of the Nintendo PlayStation hybrid console, stating "When I joined Ken Kutaragi's team [in 1993], there was a system called 'Play Station' that had both Super Nintendo cartridge support and some disc game support. Actually, I played some games [on it] as well."  After Nintendo announced their partnership with Philips, Ken Kutaragi began to internally lobby the company to fund plans to build a console without Nintendo's support. The result of this is what came to be the PlayStation that we know today.

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