With the entrance of the fifth generation of gaming, Sony finally dove into the home console wars competing with systems such as the “Sega Saturn” and “PC-FX”. Yet before the creation of the “PlayStation”, Nintendo and Sony created a mutual partnership in 1988 to bring a Nintendo system branded by Sony that used CD format. After reviewing the contract, Nintendo’s Hiroshi Yamauchi decided the contract would allow Nintendo virtually no control over any titles for the system. As a result, Nintendo’s Chairman, Howard Lincoln would announce a partnership with Philips, not Sony.
Sony was ready to give up, almost bringing research to a standstill. Rather than scrap the project, however, Sony persevered and decided to continue to use what had been developed thus far. After a lawsuit from Nintendo claiming a “breach of contract”, Sony released a version of the joint product dubbed the “Play Station”. Only 200 of the systems were ever released.
Near the end of 1992 Sony and Nintendo would come to an agreement over the system, it would continue supporting ports for SNES games. Sony decided to change this in early 1993 where they began to completely rework the concept for the project. They removed the cartridge port for the SNES games and the space in the name of the product. The “PlayStation” was in turn born, ending Nintendo’s partnership of the console. Finally in 1995 the console was released in North America at a price of 299$.