The PlayStation Revolution, this is the title of the third documentary in the From Bedrooms to Billions series, by Nicola and Anthony Caulfield. Their new Kickstarter campaign was launched on Tuesday 28 June 2016, and given their track record as well as the subject matter, I am confident they will hit the funding target. If you are not familiar with the previous documentaries you can check out my reviews:
I thoroughly enjoyed the previous two documentaries, and I have high hopes for this one. I think this one is going to be even bigger and more interesting, in part because the Nicola and Andrew have even more experience, feedback from their community, and likely access to even more industry insiders now. I appreciate that is mainly older gamers, like me, that remember the 8-bit era and16-bit era. We can get all nostalgic upon hearing names like Spectrum, Commodore, Amiga, Atari, Sega Master System, etc., but those names are little more than historical footnotes for most people. I think it is fair to say just about everybody knows that the PlayStation is a big deal. Of course there was a time when it wasn’t, and that is what this film will be focusing on.
In the early 90s there were several big leaps in technology, but a lot seemed to happen in quick succession. During this time various different consoles all vied for dominance, but I think it is fair to say that the PlayStation emerged victorious amongst the fifth-generation of consoles.
I think that part of the reason for the PlayStation’s success was due to the sudden loss of Commodore and older cheap home computers being too dated. The genius move that had been done with the Commodore Amiga 500, in making a home computer that was powerful and cheap, was not matched by any PC manufacturer. This was in part due to the fact that a PC was made up of different components, of varying power, made by different companies, and even a lot of the software was expensive. By the time a decent machine was priced up, it could easily be over a £1000; in the 90s I ran a computer shop, the most expensive machine I ever sold came to £2,700!
It will be fascinating to find out how Sony suddenly entered the console market, and seemingly quickly dominated its rivals. I have high hopes that this upcoming documentary will put things into perspective. I am very much looking forward to it, assuming it gets funded. If this is subject of interest to you, I’d recommend checking out the Kickstarter at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1195082866/from-bedrooms-to-billions-the-playstation-revoluti