Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jun 2012 12:19 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces It's been one of my major pet peeves on both Android and iOS: the total and utter lack of consistency. Applications - whether first party or third party - all seem to live on islands, doing their own thing, making their own design choices regarding basic UI interactions, developing their own non-standard buttons and controls. Consistency died five years ago, and nobody seems to care but me.
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Comment by anevilyak
by anevilyak on Mon 18th Jun 2012 12:49 UTC
anevilyak
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2005-09-14


Although older consoles/computers sometimes blurred the line between computer and console, I think the Playstation was the first true console that could launch into a non-game GUI to be able to organise files on memory cards and such. Please correct me if I'm wrong - my knowledge on the history of gaming consoles isn't particularly extensive.


Technically it was beaten to market in that respect by both the Sega Saturn (one month earlier in '94) and the 3DO ('93).

Also, completely agreed with respect to mourning the death of consistency in UI.

Edited 2012-06-18 12:50 UTC

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RE: Comment by anevilyak
by MOS6510 on Mon 18th Jun 2012 14:43 in reply to "Comment by anevilyak"
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2011-05-12

The Amiga CD32 (September 1993) was basically an Amiga 1200 dressed up as a game console and it could easily be turned in to one.

And the Commodore CDTV came even earlier, March 1991. It was an Amiga 500 turned in to an interactive CD playing device.

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RE[2]: Comment by anevilyak
by anevilyak on Mon 18th Jun 2012 15:03 in reply to "RE: Comment by anevilyak"
anevilyak Member since:
2005-09-14

Thanks, I'd completely forgotten about the CD32 (and come to think of it, the CD-I). Either way though, the point stands that the PSX is far from being the first to offer that functionality, though it may well have been the first to achieve any real market penetration.

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RE[2]: Comment by anevilyak
by zima on Mon 18th Jun 2012 16:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by anevilyak"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

But Amiga CDTV and CD32 don't really boot into anything if there's no media, IIRC (only one buddy with CDTV, one with CD32, everybody else had 600, and it's been some time). They just display an intro of sorts, encouraging you to put the CD in (kinda like all the other Amigas & their floppy animation)

Yeah, they can play audio CDs, but I imagine that NEC TurboGrafx-CD (1988) also does that - and anyway, PS1 added nice audio visualisations ;) (then there's still that memory card manager)

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