‘Nintendo Play Station prototype’ to be auctioned in February21st December 2019
Perhaps one of the lesser-known stories in modern gaming is that at one stage Nintendo and Sony were collaborating on the original prototype for the PlayStation.
The partnership between the pair saw them create a Super Nintendo with a CD-ROM drive attached. This incredibly rare machine will now be sold at auction in February through Heritage Auctions.
Its owner has reportedly turned down million dollar offers for the console in the past, but now the market will decide its value.
Formally known as the ‘Play Station’, it would have been manufactured by Sony while playing ‘Super Famicom’ cartridge-based games and run them from a CD-ROM drive.
However, disputes between Nintendo and Sony led to the project being cancelled in 1991. The latter then went on to create the ‘PlayStation’ in 1994.
In 2009, Terry Diebold unwittingly purchased the prototype at an auction. His son rediscovered the machine in 2015 causing a ruckus in the gaming community.
Diebold and his son have since toured around the world with the ‘Nintendo Play Station’ at numerous gaming expos and other venues.
Doebold senior told Kotaku “I can’t keep losing money”.
“I’ve put a lot of work into this by travelling with it and we have made nothing on it. Every trip that we have taken with it has cost us money out of our pocket.”
Considering the owner has turned down million dollar offers for the ultra-rare prototype, it remains to be seen how much it will be auctioned for – but if one thing is for certain, it will make history in the video games world.
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