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    Default PlayStation 2 design was based on the not-released Atari Falcon 030/040 Microbox casing

    Almost unbelievable, until you see the striking resemblance.



    (left) Atari Falcon 030/040 Microbox computer (not released) vs (right) original PlayStation 2.


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    Upon launch Sonyís sequel to its hugely popular Playstation evolved significantly over its predecessor in design. Uniquely gamers had the option to place the unit flat or stand it proudly upright with a vivid blue triangular stand, paving the way for others to follow. One might imagine that a team of designers spent huge amounts of time honing the look of the Playstation 2 Ö Or did they just Ďjack it from Atari?

    It seems that Sony owes a significant debt of gratitude for the design of their console to, then competitors, Atari. In 1992 Atari Corporation produced their final home computer, the Falcon 030. Similar in style to previous models from the company, the product was criticised for itís poor choice of internal components and compromised functionality. Shortly after in 1993 Atari underwent a significant re-structuring of the company and diverted their focus to the burgeoning console market and their own project, the Jaguar. As a result the Falcon was discontinued, but not before creating prototype Falcon 030/040 models based upon a Microbox case.

    The Microbox case took the machine in a different direction style-wise, borrowing in part from a traditional desktop casing but with a compartmental aesthetic which demonstrates clearly where the inspiration for the Playstation 2 came from when released some eight years later. Side by side the similarities are undeniable, and indeed Sony pay reference to the Atariís Falcon 030 and 040 in their patent for the console.





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    Interesting, never knew about that.
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    Heh, neither did I, til this morning.

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    That is interesting.

    Here is another PS2 design influence possibility. I saw a very similar upright console in an earlier PS1 game called The Spider, years before the PS2. An uncanny resemblance of the PS2 console in the game with a hint of blue just like the PS2 chosen color if its blue CD games.

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    That's cool, but the Atari looks a little cooler. Sony should have kept the floppy drive.

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    Good call Sony on changing it so the top was wider than the bottom instead of vice versa. Much more aesthetically pleasing that way.

    Doesn't matter much in "tower mode" but screw tower mode, consoles should lay flat!

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    More info on the Falcon 030 MicroBox:

    http://www.old-computers.com/museum/...asp?st=1&c=270

    And some info on the more-conventional (for Atari) released version:

    http://www.old-computers.com/museum/...asp?st=1&c=125

    Pretty cool stuff. I find it rather ironic that the MicroBox was killed off to make way for the Jaguar, considering that Atari did the reverse with the 7800 back in the '80s (in favor of the ST).

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    They actually stole that ugly design from someone else? That really is unbelievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamAnt316 View Post
    Pretty cool stuff. I find it rather ironic that the MicroBox was killed off to make way for the Jaguar, considering that Atari did the reverse with the 7800 back in the '80s (in favor of the ST).
    That was another blunder by Jack's son, Sam Tramiel. Rather than shift to become another PC clone manufacturer running MS Windows, which several companies did well for many years, they went to the Jaguar.
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    I was going to say that it was just a case of convergent evolution, but the actual reference in the patent itself is pretty convincing evidence. Now it just makes me wonder why this doesn't happen more often. (Maybe it does and we don't particularly notice.)
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    Sure looks like a PS2 alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorpho View Post
    I was going to say that it was just a case of convergent evolution, but the actual reference in the patent itself is pretty convincing evidence. Now it just makes me wonder why this doesn't happen more often. (Maybe it does and we don't particularly notice.)
    I recently saw a Gamester81 video where he was shilling some new upcoming "retro" system that's going to use the Jaguar case design, which was also used for some weird piece of dental equipment.

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    That raises the question: are they actually re-using the same molds, or did they make new ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorpho View Post
    That raises the question: are they actually re-using the same molds, or did they make new ones?
    You could probably ask here if you have facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/RETRO...070951?fref=ts

    I totally forgot the controllers look like they're literally third party WiiU Pro alternatives, lol

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