1991 (prototype) 1992 (post-production after CD-I) 1992–1994 (pre-launch) 1994–2006
1991 (prototype) 1992 (post-production after CD-I) 1992–1994 (pre-launch) 1994–2006

1991 (prototype)


The PlayStation was originally planned as a CD-ROM based peripheral for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, as well as a hybrid console that would be compatible with SNES cartdriges and titles released for the Super Disc format. It was developed in a partnership between Nintendo and Sony, but when the contract with Nintendo failed, this project was abandoned and later Sony started to produce its own stand-alone console.

This logo uses the same icon of the PAL Super NES/Super Famicom and it can be seen in the plastic case and in the original controller of the prototype PlayStation console.[1]


  • The system was nicknamed as "Nintendo PlayStation" to distinguish it from the final version of the console.
  • After breaking up with Sony, Nintendo also had a partnership with Philips to produce a CD add-on for the SNES, but Philips ended up producing its own console the CD-i as well.

1992 (post-production after CD-I)

1992–1994 (pre-launch)

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Several prototype designs were considered before the final logo was chosen.

1994–2006, 2018–present (PlayStation Classic)

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The 20th logo on the pre-launch design table was chosen.

The last game was released in 2005, and the console was discontinued in 2006. By that time, PlayStation 2 was on market for 6 years and PlayStation 3 was about to premiere.

In 2018, Sony Interactive Entertainment released the original PlayStation as a dedicated game console, known as the PlayStation Classic, with over 20 built-in games.

See also

PlayStation game systems
PlayStation 2