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Sony Corporation (JP) is an electronics conglomerate. The PlayStation systems were created by a subsidiary of Sony's, Sony Computer Entertainment. Prior to the Playstation's creation, Sony released games on Nintendo Hardware through their now-defunct subsidiary Sony Imagesoft.

Early history

Sony was founded on May 7, 1946 as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (東京通信工業 Tōkyō Tsūshin Kōgyō?). The company changed it's name to Sony Corporation on January 1, 1958.

SNES-CD and PlayStation

PlayStation

The classic PlayStation

The first PlayStation console, released in 1994, resulted from a joint project between Nintendo and Sony to make a CD-ROM for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Development of the format started in 1988, when Nintendo signed a deal with Sony to produce a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES. After several years of development, Sony introduced a standalone console at 1991's summer Consumer Electronics Show called the "Play Station". This system was to be compatible with normal SNES games and SNES-CD games, similar to the Twin Famicom.

However, the two companies conflicted over control of the licensing. Under their agreement, Sony would develop and retain control over the SNES-CD disc format, effectively ceding a large amount of control over software licensing to Sony. To counter this, Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi sent Nintendo of America president Minoru Arakawa and executive Howard Lincoln to Europe to negotiate a more favorable deal with Philips, Sony's industry rival. At the June 1991 Consumer Electronics Show, Sony announced its SNES-compatible cartridge/CD console, the "Play Station". The next day, Nintendo revealed its partnership with Philips via a surprise announcement at the show. Sony eventually started developing their own console to rival Nintendo's consoles, the PlayStation.

Sony Imagesoft

Sony Imagesoft was a subsidiary of Sony that published video games for Nintendo's and Sega's systems. It was founded in January 1989 as CSG Imagesoft Inc. in Los Angeles, California as a subsidiary of the Japan-based CBS/Sony Group (CSG). The subsidiary closed in March 1995.

List of games

Unties

Unties is a branch of Sony Music Entertainment established in 2017 to publish indie titles.

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