The retro gaming community has been totally surprised by the appearance of what is possibly an incredibly rare prototype console, the Nintendo PlayStation.
In 1988 Nintendo signed an agreement with Sony to develop a CD-ROM add-on for their Super Famicon (AKA Super Nintendo) gaming console. CD’s had a massive impact on PC gaming and many companies were looking for a way to add the new hardware to existing consoles, for example SEGA who released the MEGA-CD a few years later.
The deal between Sony and Nintendo was never fully settled as there were issues with licensing rights. The new console would’ve played the new Sony CD games but also Nintendo’s cartridge software as well.
At the Consumer Electronics Show of 1991, Sony unveiled a prototype of the Sony PlayStation.
Nintendo however were still unhappy with Sony and in a surprise announcement the following day, revealed their new partnership with Philips. Understandably Sony were furious. They took away their PlayStation and developed it into a console of its own.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Apparently several hundred prototypes were made of the Sony (Nintendo) PlayStation and it was only ever seen at the CES of 1991. After the deal with Nintendo fell through every single prototype was ordered to be destroyed but rumors say a few still exist. The above picture is probably the only known photograph of the device….until now.
Over on the popular internet site Reddit, a user posted the following images saying,
“My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work with, I think his name was Olaf, used to work at Nintendo and when my dads company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of “junk” he was supposed to throw out.”
He goes on to say that all he has is the console, one controller, a cartridge, no power cables but apparently there is a CD inside the unit. The retro gaming community is incredibly excited right now and everyone wants to find out what secrets this machine may hold.
But there is also a possibility the whole thing could be an elaborate hoax, lets hope not as this is a major gaming find…if it’s real.
Thanks to Nintendo Life.
In response to suggestions that the console may not be legit the owner of the ultra rare Sony/Nintendo Playstation has posted a video showing some of the features of the console including the cart slot, some connections at the rear of the machine that are reminiscent of those found on Sony’s eventual, mass marketed PSOne and an expansion port on the base. Looks legit to me. [Will Harrison]