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Sony’s very first product released 76 years ago shows what a massive leap PlayStation is

Sony has been popularly known as a tech giant while being most often associated with console manufacturing. The PlayStation is something that has fascinated people all over the world for almost three decades now.

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However, many loyal PlayStation fans will be shocked to learn that Sony wasn’t always a tech giant. In fact, even before the release of the first PS model in 1994, the Japanese firm had already launched its first product decades ago. And it wasn’t a gaming product, but something that today’s fans can’t even imagine in their wildest dreams.

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An electric rice cooker was the very first product made by PlayStation giant Sony

Jon Erlichman, who is known for covering stories about technology, recently posted an interesting thread on his Twitter account. While mentioning unknown facts about the origin of the famous companies, he shared details about their very first products which they originally made versus what they are known for today.

Among the rest of the facts, one in particular is sure to drive PlayStation fans crazy. Erlichman mentioned that Sony’s very first product was not a high-end gaming-related device. Their first product was an electric rice cooker.

This story dates back to the days of World War II, when Sony wasn’t what it is today. Between 1945 and 1946, the defense contractor, Masaru Ibuka, founded a company named, Tokyo Tsushin Kenkyujo (Tokyo Telecommunications Research Institute).

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Although the company primarily focused on radio repairs, it eventually produced its own product: an electric rice cooker. It consisted of interlocking aluminum electrodes, connected to the bottom of a wooden tank. The disappointing aspect of this one was that it didn’t even live up to what it was produced for. The performance was mediocre to say the least.

All things considered, this product made over 75 years ago was a complete disaster. As expected, the electric rice cooker never saw the light of day as it was not made public by Sony.

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What do you think of this amazing fact revealed for the origin of the PlayStation giant? Were you already aware of it or not? Let us know in the comments.

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