On the current console game market there are three titans: Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. The three biggest have dominated the game market for a long time to allow young players to be forgiven to be unaware that it was ever different. Almost three decades ago when the console market only started to trace it was another story. Sega and Nintendo were locked in a binary opposition where each company competed to surpass the other and there was little beyond the competition.
Part of this video game "Arms" involved Nintendo in a business collaboration with music and technology giant Sony. The collaboration aims at creating a CD-ROM drive for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). To this end, Sony Ken Kutaragi, a chief executive of the company, appointed to lead the development of the CD-ROM system. The project moved to such a point that Sony at the Consumer Electronics Show in June 1991 gave a demonstration of a SNES device with a built-in CD-ROM drive that played media game content using Green Book / CD- I format.
One day after the announcement at CES, Nintendo denied the deal with Sony, complaining of contradictions about how the revenue would be shared between the two companies and went directly to Philips to continue the project. After investing in the partnership and the development of the project, Sony executives became understandably upset by reverse features. In response, Sony President Norio Ohga Ken Kutaragi replied, responsible for continuing to develop the project into an entirely Sony owned and targeted game console.
Sony released the original PlayStation in December 1994. It continued to sell 120 million units and was the first game console to break the 100 million units sent the brand. Nintendo did not go around to release a disc-based game console for GameCube 2001. The game cube sold a total of 21.74 million units.
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