The SNES CD add-on, originally dubbed as the "Play Station" was to be announced at the 1991 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but once Hiroshi Yamauchi read the original 1988 contract between Sony and Nintendo, he realized that the earlier agreement essentially handed Sony complete control over any and all titles written on the SNES CD-ROM format. Yamauchi decided that the contract was totally unacceptable and he secretly cancelled all plans for the SNES CD attachment without Sony's knowledge. Instead of announcing a partnership between Sony and Nintendo, at 9 am the day of the Consumer Electronics Show, Nintendo chairman Howard Lincoln stepped onto the stage and revealed that Nintendo was now allied with Philips, and Nintendo was planning on abandoning all the previous work Nintendo and Sony had accomplished. Lincoln and Minoru Arakawa had even flown to Philips' global headquarters in the Netherlands and reached a business agreement; one that would give Nintendo total control over its licenses on Philips hardware.
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