However, a day after the announcement at CES, Nintendo announced that it would be breaking its partnership with Sony, opting to go with Philips instead but using the same technology.Play Station was the brainchild of Ken Kutaragi, a Sony executive who had just finished managing one of the company's hardware engineering divisions at that time and would later be dubbed as "The Father of the Play Station".Sony revealed a Super Famicom with a built-in CD-ROM drive, that incorporated Green Book technology or CD-i, called "Play Station" (also known as SNES-CD) at the Consumer Electronics Show in June 1991.
It comprises an online virtual market, the Play Station Store, which allows the purchase and download of games and various forms of multimedia, a subscription-based online service known as Play Station Plus and a social gaming networking service called Play Station Home, which had over 41 million users worldwide at the time of its closure in March 2015.
Play Station Mobile (formerly Play Station Suite) is a software framework that provides Play Station content on mobile devices.
is a gaming brand that, as of 2016, consists of four home video game consoles, as well as a media center, an online service, a line of controllers, two handhelds and a phone, as well as multiple magazines, and is created and owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
The brand was first introduced on December 3, 1994 in Japan with the launch of the original Play Station console.
The series also has a strong line-up of first-party titles due to Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, a group of fifteen first-party developers owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment which are dedicated to developing first-party games for the series.
In addition, the series features various budget re-releases of titles by Sony with different names for each region; these include the Greatest Hits, Platinum, Essentials, Favorites (this in Latin America) and The Best ranges of titles.