Old but a nice little history lesson that i read a couple of months ago.
If it wasnt for Virtua Fighter, the PlayStation probably would have had a completely different hardware conceptRyoji_Akagawa
Former Sony Computer Entertainment chairman Shigeo Maruyama explained that Sony employees visited other game companies to see how 3-D graphics could be presented, as no one inside Sony besides father of the PlayStation Ken Kutaragi really understood it.
"Personally, I had no idea of the specifics concerning what PlayStation games could do", Maruyama said. "I was giving presentations on it without knowing much about it."
Around that time, Segas revolutionary arcade game Virtua Fighter became a huge hit in Japan, wowing arcade crowds with its early use of polygonal graphics to produce a game in the popular one-on-one fighting genre.
"Once Virtua Fighter was out, the direction of the PlayStation became instantly clear", said Maruyama.
Had Virtua Fighter not been released, Sony might have saddled PlayStation without the capability to render high-end 3-D graphics, which would have put it well behind the technology curve compared to the Saturn and Nintendo 64.
"With great timing, Sega saved our hides", Maruyama said.article