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From the Edge archives, October 1995: Phil Harrison on launching Sony’s PlayStation


Phil Harrison has witnessed the PlayStation’s evolution since the very beginning. Having joined Sony in 1993 as product development director, he immediately went underground to start the console’s European development and support group, working closely with the Tokyo R&D team, which was completing the hardware and OS design. One of his key objectives was to spread the PlayStation message to the development community in Europe, as well as to hire talented technical support staff and software engineers (to whom Harrison refers as the ‘unsung heroes’ of the European division). Now, as communications director, he is heavily involved with the European marketing strategy for the machine. Edge spoke to him at SCEE’s London HQ. (Culture, Phil Harrison)

TheEnigma313  +   733d ago
It's crazy looking back at the evolution of the PS brand. I'm lucky to have experienced them all. I got the PS1 Christmas of 97; my first games was Castlevania SOTN. Good times good times.
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tigertron  +   733d ago
I too got my Playstation at Christmas 1997. I had Crash Bandicoot and Porche challenge, and I played the Hercules demo over and over on the free demo disc too. Good memories.
cell989  +   733d ago
I got my PS in 98' with a free jampack demo. I played Gran Turismo, Spyro and Metal Gear Solid demos from that disk. My life changed forever!!

I subscribed to PlayStation Underground as soon as I was offered the opportunity, I did it through mail. With the suscription I was able to get seasonal JAMPACK demos discs that had the best games available for PS.
fardan85  +   733d ago
Looking at the journey of gaming on Sony consoles since ps1 launched really brings back memories.
First game I saw was a racer, I think it was called Porsche. 2nd game which made me consider getting ps1 was Resident Evil. 3rd game, Tekken.
After seeing those games I asked my father to get me a PS1 if I achieved high grades in school. I did and I got it :)
DoctorJones  +   733d ago
Look, he had hair!
tigertron  +   733d ago
"Do you think that Japanese companies have irreversibly taken over as the world leaders of videogame design?"

"If anything negative could be levelled at Sony so far, it’s that it still hasn’t proved it can develop a world-class videogame. What is SCE doing to rectify this problem?"

Ah how things have changed.
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cell989  +   733d ago
Agent Phil has been doing an outstanding job over at Microsoft in the last year
Cryptcuzz  +   733d ago
Glad I wasn't the only one that thought about this.
When Phil went to work for MS, I was like sleeper agent planted successful LOL.

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