>> Thursday, December 31, 2009
The story behind the Nintendo-Philips-Sony triangle will always be a mystery, I will always wonder if Philips was the reason why Nintendo didn't continue on the SNES CD with Sony (because of Philips game patents thanks to their Magnavox acquisition) and how the SNES CD would have become the CD-i 2. Somewhere in between it all didn't happen, but the Nintendo games on CD-i are the only retail left-overs of this history. Nintendo and Sony were pretty far in the SNES CD prototype state of business as you can see in these pictures. With Philips I don't know if any prototypes were made, we've never seen them.
Interesting to read the Playstation was first a product between Sony (manufacturing), Nintendo (game copyrights) and Philips (CD and console patents): "At the end of 1992 Sony, Nintendo and Philips signed a deal whereby PlayStation would be able to run SNES CD-ROMs but left Nintendo with the sole rights to all its games. The version of PlayStation being developed at that time never made it into production."
Stories on the internet always tell you that both Sony and Philips went their own way after the Nintendo break-up: Sony developed Playstation and Philips the CD-i. That's a big mistake, CD-i was way older than SNES and Playstation. CD-i was developed by Philips AND Sony in the eighties. Sony developed their own CD-i player in 1992 but banned the format. My mystery conclusion would be that Sony stopped CD-i because of the SNES debacle between Sony and Philips with Nintendo. How about that? We've read before about initial similar file formats between Playstation and how CD-i was the forerunner of Playstation. Pictures source: Lost Levels