The story of how Sony, an electronics company, would come to dominate an industry led by dedicated video game companies like Nintendo is legendary. In the end, for all the wacky hardware, brilliant innovation, and downright madness that were the console wars of the ’90s, there were only two things that mattered: what happened before the Sony PlayStation and what happened after. Thanks to filmmakers Nicola and Anthony Caulfield, Sony’s story is now immortalized in the upcoming documentary From bedrooms to billions: the PlayStation revolution.
The documentary, due for release in May 2017, will chart the rise of the PlayStation from its humble beginnings as a spin-off of a failed Nintendo partnership to its immense cultural impact and industry dominance. The PlayStation turned a device aimed at kids into something cool, something hip 20-somethings with disposable income would come home to play after a night of four-on-the-floor beats and one too many Hooches. Thanks to the PlayStation, gaming became mainstream.
While The PlayStation Revolution is currently still in the Kickstarter phase, for once there is little reason to doubt that the campaign will succeed. The Caulfields are behind the original From bedrooms to billionswhich told the story of the British video game industry as well as its follow-up The Amiga Years, which charted the rise and fall of the Amiga. Both documentaries have launched on Kickstarter, and both are brilliantly produced and an excellent watch – although, at over two and a half hours in length, you really have to love the Amiga to watch The Amiga Years.
Interesting while The PlayStation Revolution remains an independent production, it does have the backing of Sony, with the company giving access to key people in the development of the console. Shuhei Yoshida, famous Twitter personality and president of Sony’s worldwide studios, even has lent his support to the documentaryand became one of the first Kickstarter backers.