Following on from the success and popularity surrounding From Bedrooms to Billions, and it’s follow-up documentary film From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years, the film (s) creator’s Anthony and Nicola Caulfield have now announced their latest project; From Bedrooms to Billions: The Playstation Revolution.
According to their recently lauched campaign the film will feature in-depth interviews with various game developers throughout the history of the original Playstation console; in addition the film will also look through the playstation’s entire history cataloging the progress it has made through innovation and technological advancements, such as the introduction of built-in DVD players and hard drives; as Anthony and Nicola Caulfield explain:
The PlayStation helped take video games into the mainstream. Suddenly for just a few hundred dollars / pounds you could bypass the need for an expensive PC in the home and developers could produce workstation quality visuals (albeit scaled back from a fully loaded PC of the time) and the gaming public could run the game on a very cheap piece of hardware. There are so many factors to cover, the move to 3D, again not exclusive to the PlayStation but certainly the availability to the general public of these types of games was a big factor.
The film will also cover the evolution of arcade games and where they were by the early 1990’s and the influence they played on the eventual success of the PlayStation. It is also our intention to thoroughly cover the creation of the system by telling the story of where the games industry was in the early 1990’s and the domination of Nintendo and Sega and the task at hand to break that. We are also looking forward to bringing Japan into this motion picture and hearing from some of the most influential Japanese games developers and hardware designers, as well as a whole host of other developers, publishers and musicians from across the world.
From Bedrooms to Billions: The Playstation Revolution aims to provide the ‘in-depth’ documentary into the Playstation era of videogames that many, including myself, have been looking for so it will be interesting to see how this particular documentary film unfolds.
Of this just like with From Bedrooms to Billions and From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga years the film will not be shown in cinemas or on TV but it will be available on DVD and Blu-ray; with the current expected date scheduled for May next year.