Ever wondered how Sony entered the world of gaming when Sega and Nintendo were reigning the gaming market? Well, I did that too until I stumbled on this excellent piece on Edge Online that explains in detail how the PSX was born.
To cut the long story short, Nintendo and Sony co-developed CD-ROM based SNES which raised revenue sharing conflict making Nintendo to snap the partnership. This fumed few Sony executives’ and wanted to show the company’s competency and interest to enter the gaming arena. Then Sony President, Norio Ohga and Ken Kutaragi set out to develop the console with a proprietary CD-ROM and convinced the top level execs who thought the “toy” business was not as bad as they thought.
The console was finally launched on Dec 3, 1994 in Japan and as the adage goes, the rest is history.